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Learning objectives

  • Explain how RNA is synthesized using DNA as a template
  • Distinguish between transcription in prokaryotes and eukaryotes

During the process of transcription , the information encoded within the DNA sequence of one or more genes is transcribed into a strand of RNA, also called an RNA transcript . The resulting single-stranded RNA molecule, composed of ribonucleotides containing the bases adenine (A), cytosine (C), guanine (G), and uracil (U), acts as a mobile molecular copy of the original DNA sequence. Transcription in prokaryotes and in eukaryotes requires the DNA double helix to partially unwind in the region of RNA synthesis. The unwound region is called a transcription bubble . Transcription of a particular gene always proceeds from one of the two DNA strands that acts as a template, the so-called antisense strand . The RNA product is complementary to the template strand of DNA and is almost identical to the nontemplate DNA strand, or the sense strand . The only difference is that in RNA, all of the T nucleotides are replaced with U nucleotides; during RNA synthesis, U is incorporated when there is an A in the complementary antisense strand.

Transcription in bacteria

Bacteria use the same RNA polymerase to transcribe all of their genes. Like DNA polymerase, RNA polymerase adds nucleotides one by one to the 3’-OH group of the growing nucleotide chain. One critical difference in activity between DNA polymerase and RNA polymerase is the requirement for a 3’-OH onto which to add nucleotides: DNA polymerase requires such a 3’-OH group, thus necessitating a primer, whereas RNA polymerase does not. During transcription, a ribonucleotide complementary to the DNA template strand is added to the growing RNA strand and a covalent phosphodiester bond is formed by dehydration synthesis between the new nucleotide and the last one added. In E. coli , RNA polymerase comprises six polypeptide subunits, five of which compose the polymerase core enzyme responsible for adding RNA nucleotides to a growing strand. The sixth subunit is known as sigma (σ). The σ factor enables RNA polymerase to bind to a specific promoter, thus allowing for the transcription of various genes. There are various σ factors that allow for transcription of various genes.


The initiation of transcription begins at a promoter , a DNA sequence onto which the transcription machinery binds and initiates transcription. The nucleotide pair in the DNA double helix that corresponds to the site from which the first 5’ RNA nucleotide is transcribed is the initiation site. Nucleotides preceding the initiation site are designated “upstream,” whereas nucleotides following the initiation site are called “downstream” nucleotides. In most cases, promoters are located just upstream of the genes they regulate. Although promoter sequences vary among bacterial genomes, a few elements are conserved. At the –10 and –35 positions within the DNA prior to the initiation site (designated +1), there are two promoter consensus sequences, or regions that are similar across all promoters and across various bacterial species. The –10 consensus sequence, called the TATA box , is TATAAT. The –35 sequence is recognized and bound by σ.

Questions & Answers

what z microbiology
Mwelwa Reply
microbiology is all about the scientific study of microorganisms, their life changes, their life span, structural punctuality and their phenomenon.
Best scope in microbiology
wat abut skin
what happened when someone died and what happened to the blood
Franca Reply
nice question
when you die you have no memory and the blood dry off
what microorganisms is all about?
And how many does the microorganisms is classified?
what is endoparasites and exo parasite and their example
Endo : inside the body Exo/ecto : outside or on the body
examples please
Louse for exo/ecto Helminths (worms) for endo
what's prokaryotic
mohaiminul Reply
A prokaryotic cell is a cell with no membrane bounds organelles
what are the main effect of parasite?
yunusa Reply
nutritional group of micro organism
Mana Reply
what are the charateristic bacteria, eukaryotes, and viruses have in commom
Ami Reply
D N A ar purno rup ki
Ruba Reply
বাংলায় দেখবো DNA এর পূর্রন্যরুপ কি
what's microbiology
micro biology is the study of micro organisms,those being unicellular multicellular or a cellular
deoxyribonucleic acid is a long molecule that contains our unique genetic code.
Does the parasite/parasitology are under microbiology or not
Define bacteria
Bacteria are a type of biological cell & they constitute a large domain of prokaryotic microorganisms.
what kind of microbiology
hello what is main function of T and B cells
Ishaq Reply
T cells are involved in cell-mediated immunity while B cells are primarily responsible for humoral immunity (relating to antibodies)
what is hepatitis B
it's viral infection that attacks the liver and can cause both acute and chronic diseases. the virus is most commonly transmitted from mother to child during birth and delivery, as well as through contact with blood or other body fluids...
What are fundamental experiment of microbiology?
Lucky Reply
study of microscopic organisms, unicellular and multicellular
what are the characteristics of bacteria, viruses, and eukaryotes
bacteria-are living organism. contain a peptidoglycan/lipopolysaccharide cell wall. VIRUS-are considered as organic structure which interact with living organism don't have acell wall. they have many differents like bacteria size -large(1000nm) virus size-smaller(20-400nm). bacteria ribosomes presen
virus ribosomes absence. bacteria living organism. virus b/n living and non-living things
eukaryotic cell has a true membrane bond nucleus and has other membranous organelles that allow for compartmenalization of function
This answer is wrong
Jeffrey Reply
who discovered the growth curve
Joy Reply
Example of coccus bacteria
Nweke Reply
staphylococcus aureus
MRSA any bew information
pl. read any new information about MRSA
Any stru tural finding about novel corona virus
Examples of spiral bacteria
Nweke Reply
Example of Bacillus bacteria
another one
what is the desifection decontamination or sterilization
Sahra Reply
Is the removal of dangerous substances or germs from an area, objects or person
It is the removal of any pathogen, including their spores
removal of all forms of life including endospore
I think there is a difference between disinfection and sterilization... we should consider those....
disinfection deals with removing harmful microbes at the surface level it doesn't destroy or kill spores ( it uses oxidizing agents ,alcohols , phenolic comp ,aldehydes etc) but sterilization deals with total elimination of all forms of lives.(this uses heat, steam, radiation and chemicals)
disinfecting is preventing microorganisms while sterilization is killing of microorganisms completely

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