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Q. If a linear DNA molecule has 2000 bps then how many phosphodiester bonds and glycosidic bonds would be presents in it respectively ?
(1) 2000 and 2000
(2) 3998 and 4000
(3) 4000 and 4000
(4) 4000 and 8000

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The correct option is (2) 3998 and 4000.

This is a nucleoside composed of a purine or a pyrimidine base and a ribose or deoxyribose sugar. When a phosphate group binds to the OH group present at the carbon at 5th position 

(CH2OH) of sugar it is called a Nucleotide. 

The bond formed between the sugar and the phosphate group is a phosphoester bond but when this phosphate group forms a bond with another hydroxyl group of a sugar molecule it is called as phosphodiester bond because two ester bonds are involved.

The number of phosphodiester bonds are 2×(n-1)
Where n=  number of base pairs in a DNA, and the equation is multiplied by 2, as DNA is double-stranded.

2 x (n-1) = 2 x (2000-1) = 1999 x 2 = 3998.

Number of glycosidic bonds will be double the number of base pairs.


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