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DNA deoxyribonucleic acid is the genomic material in cells that contains the genetic information used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms. DNA, along with RNA and proteins, is one of the three major macromolecules that are essential for life. Within the nucleus of eukaryotic cells, DNA is organized into structures called chromosomes.
It contains the information the cell requires to synthesize protein and to replicate itself, to be short it is the storage repository for the information that is required for any cell to function. Watson-Crick has discovered the current-structure of DNA in The famous double-helix structure of DNA has its own significance. There are basically four nucleotide bases, which make up the DNA.
DNA, RNA, Protein, and Gene Expression
DNA structure and function
Nucleic acid structure is often divided into four different levels: primary, secondary, tertiary, and quaternary. Primary structure consists of a linear sequence of nucleotides that are linked together by phosphodiester bond. Nucleotides consist of 3 components:. The nitrogen bases adenine and guanine are purine in structure and form a glycosidic bond between their 9 nitrogen and the 1' -OH group of the deoxyribose. Cytosine, thymine, and uracil are pyrimidines , hence the glycosidic bonds form between their 1 nitrogen and the 1' -OH of the deoxyribose.
Nucleic acid , naturally occurring chemical compound that is capable of being broken down to yield phosphoric acid , sugars, and a mixture of organic bases purines and pyrimidines. Nucleic acids are the main information-carrying molecules of the cell , and, by directing the process of protein synthesis , they determine the inherited characteristics of every living thing. DNA is the master blueprint for life and constitutes the genetic material in all free-living organisms and most viruses. RNA is the genetic material of certain viruses, but it is also found in all living cells, where it plays an important role in certain processes such as the making of proteins. Nucleic acids are naturally occurring chemical compounds that serve as the primary information-carrying molecules in cells.
Deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, is a molecule that contains the instructions an organism needs to develop, live and reproduce. These instructions are found inside every cell, and are passed down from parents to their children. DNA is made up of molecules called nucleotides. Each nucleotide contains a phosphate group, a sugar group and a nitrogen base. The four types of nitrogen bases are adenine A , thymine T , guanine G and cytosine C. The order of these bases is what determines DNA's instructions, or genetic code.
The structure and function of RNA. Messenger composed of twenty different subunits while DNA molecules are composed of only four. It seemed double helix model. uicheritagegarden.org Drake.
This page, looking at the structure of DNA, is the first in a sequence of pages leading on to how DNA replicates makes copies of itself, and then to how information stored in DNA is used to make protein molecules. This material is aimed at 16 - 18 year old chemistry students. If you are interested in this from a biological or biochemical point of view, you may find these pages a useful introduction before you get more information somewhere else.
DNA is the genetic material found in all living organisms, ranging from single-celled bacteria to multicellular mammals. It is found in the nucleus of eukaryotes and in the chloroplasts and mitochondria. In prokaryotes, the DNA is not enclosed in a membranous envelope, but rather free-floating within the cytoplasm. The entire genetic content of a cell is known as its genome and the study of genomes is genomics. In eukaryotic cells, but not in prokaryotes, DNA forms a complex with histone proteins to form chromatin, the substance of eukaryotic chromosomes.
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