Molecular Biology MCQ on DNA Replication
(Molecular Biology MCQ-07)
(Biology / Life Sciences MCQ: Multiple Choice Questions in Molecular Biology)
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Prokaryotic Chromosome vs Eukaryotic Chromosome
(Similarities and Differences between the Chromosomes of Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes)
Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes are the two major domains of living organisms. This classification is on the basis of the features of their cellular features primarily the nature of membrane bounded organelles and organization of the genetic materials. Both prokaryotes and eukaryotes contain the genetic materials which are organized into specialized structures called Chromosomes. Even though the term chromosome is accurate only for eukaryotes, the genetic materials of prokaryotes are also described as prokaryotic chromosome. The prokaryotic chromosome is considerably different from that of eukaryotes. The present post describes the Similarities and Differences between the Prokaryotic Chromosome and Eukaryotic Chromosome with the help of a Comparison Table.
Similarities between Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Chromosomes
Ø The chromosome of both prokaryotes and eukaryotes contains the genetic material DNA.
Ø The chemical composition and structural organization of DNA is similar in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes.
Ø In both prokaryotes and eukaryotes, the expression of genetic material is facilitated by transcription and translation.
Ø In both groups, the negatively charged DNA interacts with some positively charged proteins to nullify their charges.
Ø The genetic material contains both coding and noncoding sequences.
ssDNA vs dsDNA – A Comparison Table
The DNA molecules are not always double stranded helical structures, sometimes they occur in single stranded form called ssDNA. In 1959 Robert Sinsheimer discovered a unique bacteriophage called φX 174 (which infect Escherichia coli) with single stranded DNA as its genetic material. Even though the chemical composition of single stranded and double stranded DNA are the same, they also show some characteristic differences.
The present post describes the similarities and differences between dsDNA and ssDNA.s
Similarities between dsDNA and ssDNA
Ø Both dsDNA and ssDNA can acts as genetic material
Ø Both are polymers of nucleic acids
Ø The sugar molecule in both the case is deoxyribose
Ø Both contain purines and pyramidines
Ø Both ssDNA and dsDNA contain the nitrogen bases A, G, T and C
Ø Both can absorb UV light
Difference between dsDNA vs ssDNA