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School of Medicine
Course unit
MEP5070483, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
ME2193, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
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ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses BIO/10 Biochemistry 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 1.0 15 10.0 No turn
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Students must know the structure of DNA, RNA and protein, the concept of the genome and the fundamentals of biochemistry
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is the learning of recent techniques of purification and characterization of proteins and peptides. This course is designed to let students explore some of the many biochemical methods that are utilized for elucidating structural and functional properties of proteins. The practical laboratory introduces and emphasizes important techniques in biochemistry, including, electrophoresis, liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry and biospectroscopy. A large part of the course is dedicated to provide knowledge of proteomics and mass spectrometry.
Examination methods: Final oral exam.
Assessment criteria: Written lab assignments (laboratory worksheets) are part of the exam and must be turned in the day of the final exam.
Course unit contents: The course covers topics that concern both the chemical characterization of proteins and the study of a proteome. In particular are presented techniques ranging from the analysis of a protein fingerprinting and sequence determination by Edman degradation, to the separation of complex mixtures of proteins by 2D-electrophoresis and multi-dimensionalchromatography. A large part of the course is dedicated to the mass spectrometry of proteins. The main techniques of mass spectrometry and mass-mass of proteins are presented, both from the point of view of the theoretical aspects from that of interpretation of mass spectra.
Another topic addressed is bioinformatics in proteomics. As specific applications of mass spectrometry will face the determinations of post-translational modifications. Finally, topics such as analysis of chemical modifications of proteins, Quantitative Proteomics,Functional Proteomics are also treated.

In details the course covers the following topics:
Fingerprinting analysis of a protein
Determination of the protein primary sequence by Edman Proteomics: introduction and theory
2D electrophoresis and multidimensional chromatography
Mass spectrometry of proteins: theory and applications
Mass spectrometry of proteins: instrumentations
Tandem Mass Spectrometry and sequencing
Bioinformatic Tools in proteomics
Determination of the post-translational modification
Quantitative Proteomics
Functional Proteomics
Proteomics in medicine
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The lessons are presented through slides and power point presentations.
The laboratory training is performed in equipped laboratories and each student has available personal equipment, to carry out his work in person.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The slides of the course are provided to students
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Ninfa A.J., Ballou D.P., Metodologie di Base per la Biochimica e la Biotecnologia. --: Ed. Zanichelli, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Wilson K., Walker J., Metodologia Biochimica. --: Ed. Cortina, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Veenstra T.D., Yates III J.R, Proteomics for Biological Discovery. --: Ed. Wiley, --. Cerca nel catalogo