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Which of the following occurs as a result of an abundance of tryptophan in E. coli?

Which of the following occurs as a result of an abundance of tryptophan in E. coli?

A.The leader sequence is not transcribed.

B.The 5 trp genes (TrpA - TrpE) are not transcribed.

C.Stalling of the ribosome at trp codons in the leader sequence

D. The 5 trp genes (TrpA - TrpE) are transcribed, but not translated.



Expert Solution

An abundance of tryptophan in E. coli inhibits the expression of trp-operon genes (stops the transcription). This mechanism is called repressible negative gene regulation.

The Trp operon is a negative repressible feedback mechanism. The repressor for the trp operon is produced by the trpR gene situated upstream to the promoter. trpR gene is expressed continually at a low level. This produces a monomer of repressor proteins, which are in an inactive state.

When tryptophan is present, these monomers combine to form tetramers and combine with tryptophan; this causes a conformation (in the repressor) that allows the repressor to bind the operator. So it prevents the RNA polymerase from binding and transcribing the operon, so tryptophan is not produced from its precursor. When tryptophan is absent, the repressor is in its inactive conformation and cannot bind the operator, so transcription continues to produce tryptophan.

When the tryptophan levels are low, the O site (operator site) of the trp operon is not occupied by repressor protein; repressor proteins are also not occupied by tryptophan due to low levels. This will activate transcription of the Trp operon.

Attenuator RNA has four short sequences 1-4, forming 3 distinct secondary structures: 1-2, 2-3, or 3-4. The formation of a 2-3 stem-loop structure works as an antiterminator form, while a 3-4 stem-loop works as a terminator form.

The production of a protein from an mRNA sequence is known as translation. Ribosomes bind to mRNA and recruit tRNA molecules bound with tRNA specific amino acids. These tRNA have anticodons that are complementary to the codon sequence of mRNA. Ribosomes from peptides bonds between amino acids, thus forming a peptide-protein sequence.

The adjoined picture below shows repression of trp-operon under high tryptophan concentration.

Thus, the correct option is (B) The 5 trp genes (TrpA -TrpE) are not transcribed.


The correct option is (B) The 5 trp genes (TrpA -TrpE) are not transcribed.

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