Gene transcriptions/Boxes/ATAs/Quiz

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1 The portion of the promoter in which an ATA box is likely to be found is which of the following?

core promoter
proximal promoter
downstream promoter
distal promoter

2 Several promoter elements have been previously identified in eukaryotes, but those cannot account for transcription from most RNA polymerase II-transcribed

3 True or False, Some ATA boxes are located in the distal promoter.


4 Which of the following is not a transcriptional characteristic of AGC boxes?

located between nucleotides -8 and +2 relative to the transcriptional start site (+1)
in eukaryotes
TATA-less genes
a consensus sequence

5 Complete the text:

The ATA box is a

of the TATA box that appears in the

and other


6 Yes or No, ATA boxes [AATAAA] can be clearly identified in the chicken αA- and αD-globin genes about 70 bp upstream from the initiator ATG codon.


7 Complete the text:

Match up the type of promoter or promoter element with each of the possibilities below:
TATA box - A
initiator element - B
enhancers and inhibitors - C
downstream elements - D
General transcription factor II D - E
ATA box - F
downstream core promoter

includes the transcription start site

proximal promoter

distal promoter

core promoter

usually 25 nucleotides upstream


8 Yes or No, The 3' flanking area contained the highly conserved hexanucleotide sequence A-A-T-A-A-A found in eukaryotic messages between the terminator codon and the polyadenylylation site (44).


9 Which of the following are phenomena associated with ATA boxes?

transcription of A1BG
directs activator-dependent but TFIID-independent transcription
TATA box-less promoters
initiator element
mediator dependence
distal promoter

10 True or False, ATA boxes are found in the promoter regions of at least 1% of human genes.


Hypotheses edit

  1. A1BG is not transcribed by ATA boxes.

See also edit

External links edit

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