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SCP4068080, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course First cycle degree in
IF1839, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination BIOCHEMISTRY I
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian

Teacher in charge MARISA BRINI BIO/10

Integrated course for this unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses BIO/10 Biochemistry 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Annual
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 1.0 16 9.0 2
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 15/06/2018
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

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Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: Basic concepts of Physics, General and Organic Chemistry.
Elements of Chemical Thermodynamics,Kinetics and Electrochemistry
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge of the essential molecules to the chemistry of living organisms.
Comprehension of the fundamental mechanisms at the basis of cellular function.
Learning of some biochemistry techniques.
Examination methods: Written examination with both multiple choice and open questions
Assessment criteria: The overall knowledge about the topics of Biochemistry 1 and 2 will be evaluated, considering positive the examinations which show an adequate assimilation of the topics necessary to the later classes

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: Proteins. Amino acids: structure, properties and classification. Structures and properties of the peptide bond. Polypeptides chains. Levels of structure in protein architecture. Primary, secondary , tertiary and quaternary structures. Structural domains and structure/function relationship. Denaturation. Protein folding.

Oxygen-transporting proteins. Myoglobin and hemoglobin. Oxygen binding. Cooperative binding. Allosteric effects and allosteric factors.

Enzymes. Catalysis and enzyme kinetic. Michaelis–Menten model. Significance of vmax, Km and Kcat and their calculation. Energetic profile of an enzymatic reaction. Catalytic mechanisms. Regulation of enzymatic activity and mechanisms of inhibition.

Carbohydrates. Monosaccharides, disaccharides and polysaccharides. Glycoside bond. Glycoproteins, glycolipids and proteoglycans.

Lipids and Biological membranes. Structure and properties of lipids (fatty acids, triglycerides, waxes). Membrane lipids (glycerophospholipids, sphingolipids, glycolipids and cholesterol). Lipophilic vitamins. Structure and properties of the cellular membranes. Fluidity and asymmetry of the membranes. Membrane proteins and their structure. Transport across membranes: mechanisms and classification.

Cell Signalling. Examples of molecular mechanisms of signal transduction.

Practicals: Spectrophotometry theory and application. Absorbance spectrum of Flavin mononucleotide (FMN) in oxidized and reduced form. Determination of protein concentration by biuret method. Lactate dehydrogenase activity: experimental determination of vmax and Km values.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures (40 hours)
Practicals (16 hours)
Additional notes about suggested reading: Slides are available on moodle (

The study on the textbooks is strongly recommended
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • David L. Nelson,Michael M. Cox, I principi di Biochimica di Lehninger. --: Zanichelli, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • R.H. Garret, C.M. Grisham, Biochimica. --: Piccin, --. Cerca nel catalogo