BIOCHEMISTRY

Degree course: 
Corso di First cycle degree in Chemical Sciences and Technologies
Academic year when starting the degree: 
2014/2015
Year: 
3
Academic year in which the course will be held: 
2016/2017
Course type: 
Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class
Credits: 
6
Period: 
Second semester
Standard lectures hours: 
60
Detail of lecture’s hours: 
Lesson (60 hours)
Requirements: 

A good background of organic chemistry is expected

Assessment: 
Voto Finale

Aims of the course and expected teaching results
Aim of the course is to train the student to understand and describe the main classes of biomolecules, their function and their reactivity within the cell. Catabolic and bioenergetic processes will be described in detail, whereas a general overview on biosynthesis will be provided.

Contents and program of the course
1. The molecular logic of living systems – Molecular organization of the cell
2. Amino acids, peptides, proteins
3. Structure and function of proteins
4. Enzymes and vitamins
5. Carbohydrides and nucleic acids
6. Lipids and membranes
8. Bioenergetics
9. Glycolisis, glycogen and gluconeogenesis
10. Catabolism of fatty acids, amino acids and nucleotides
11. The Krebs cycle and oxidative phosphorylation
12. Photosynthesis
13. Elements of biosynthesis
14. Biosignaling and metabolism regulation
15. Metabolism of nucleic acids
16. Synthesis, transport and degradation of proteins

Tipology of teaching activities
Frontal lectures

Textbook and teaching material
Nelson, Cox. Lehninger's principles of biochemistry. 6th edition.
Lecture slides on elearning3

Exam
Oral only. One question on biomolecules and one on metabolism.

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