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School of Science
Course unit
SCN1028730, 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
SC1175, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track BIOLOGIA MOLECOLARE [005PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination BIOCHEMISTRY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge ILDIKO' SZABO' BIO/10
Other lecturers TOMAS MOROSINOTTO BIO/10

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses BIO/12 Clinical Biochemistry and Biology 4.0
Core courses BIO/10 Biochemistry 4.0

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

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 1.0 16 9.0 No turn
Lecture 7.0 56 119.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 BIOCHIMICA 2017/2018 01/10/2017 25/11/2018 SZABO' ILDIKO' (Presidente)
MOROSINOTTO TOMAS (Membro Effettivo)
LEANZA LUIGI (Supplente)
5 BIOCHIMICA 2016-2017 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 SZABO' ILDIKO' (Presidente)
MOROSINOTTO TOMAS (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic level of biochemistry, cellular biology and physiology
Target skills and knowledge: The student will learn various aspects of protein research and some methods to study their targeting, topology, degradation, structure. Importance of these aspects for the animal and plant physiology. Metabolism of cancer cells. In addition, the student will have the possibility to "design" a scientific project and thus to gain an idea about the work of the researchers (virtual research).
Examination methods: Written exam comprising open questions and multiple choice tests.
Assessment criteria: The student will have to demonstrate deep knowledge of all aspects of the program, based on the slides and reviews provided by the teachers.
Course unit contents: The course will give an in depth knowledge of some aspects of modern, advanced biochemistry regarding protein import mechanisms into organelles (mitochondria, chloroplasts and peroxisomes) and the mechanisms of protein degradation pathways (via ub ubiquitination)including illustration of the importance of the above processes in plant and animal physiology. Connected to these themes, mechanisms of photoprotection in higher plants will be treated. In addition, the study of membrane proteins (topology, structure,structure/function relationship) will be discussed with illustration of advanced techniques (various spectroscopies, EPR, 2D/PAGE), with particular reference to intracellular ion channels. In addition, the most important aspects of tumor metabolism will be discussed.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lectures, virtual research and journal club
Additional notes about suggested reading: The material for the study will be given by the teacher. There is no specific book from which to study, the course is updated every year on the basis of scientific literature.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)