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SC06100878, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1165, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 7.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination CELLS BIOLOGY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
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 FRANCESCA CIMA BIO/06

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses BIO/01 General Botanics 1.0
Basic courses BIO/06 Comparative Anatomy and Citology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 2.0 32 18.0 2
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 BIOLOGIA CELLULARE 2019-2020 01/10/2019 27/11/2020 CIMA FRANCESCA (Presidente)
BALLARIN LORIANO (Membro Effettivo)
MANNI LUCIA (Supplente)
7 BIOLOGIA CELLULARE 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 CIMA FRANCESCA (Presidente)
BALLARIN LORIANO (Membro Effettivo)
MANNI LUCIA (Supplente)
6 BIOLOGIA CELLULARE 2017/2018 01/10/2017 25/11/2018 CIMA FRANCESCA (Presidente)
BALLARIN LORIANO (Membro Effettivo)
MANNI LUCIA (Supplente)
5 BIOLOGIA CELLULARE 2016-2017 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 CIMA FRANCESCA (Presidente)
BALLARIN LORIANO (Membro Effettivo)
MANNI LUCIA (Supplente)

Prerequisites: Courses of "Fundamentals of biology" and "Biochemistry" are considered propaedeutic.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims at examining the organization of cells even in light of the evolutionary processes which have led to the emergence of prokaryotes and eukaryotes and various structural organizations among eukaryotes. It intends to highlight the cell structures, the main phenotypic features, functional interactions, communication ways, and the different mechanisms by which the cell organises its molecular structures, uses and transforms the energy substances, reproduces itself with a continuous stream of information, regulates its life and death. In laboratory exercises, the characteristics and use of various types of microscope, the observation of cell structures in the various types of tissues and learning some classical histological techniques will be considered and applied.
Examination methods: Test with multiple-choice questions and recognition with description of histological microslides.
Assessment criteria: The test is formed of 3 parts, each one with specific evaluation. The first part regards 25 questions covering all the topics of cell biology. The second part concerns 10 questions on "Histology" according to the laboratory exercises (characteristics of tissues, microscopes, histological techniques). The third part concerns recognition and accurate description of 3 histological microslides. Wrong answers or not given ones and descriptions off topic will be considered invalid (score 0). For multiple answers, partial validity will be considered. The final score will be expressed in thirtieths.
Course unit contents: Fundamental properties of cells. Cell origin and evolution of energy metabolism. Cell theory. Prokaryotic cell. Internal organisation of the eukaryotic cell: general characteristics, size and shape, origin and evolution.
Cell organization. Pluricellular condition.
Cell membrane: chemical components and structure. Plasmalemma. Formation and recycling of membranes. Membrane transports.
Exocytosis and endocytosis. Membrane potentials.
Cytoskeleton: organization and functions of the interactive network of protein filaments. Microtubules. Microfilaments. Cell motility. Cell-extracellular matrix interactions. Cell adhesion to the substrate. Cell adhesion with other cells.
Nucleus: organization and constituents. Nucleolus. Chromatin organization.
Cell reproduction. Cell division and sexuality in prokaryotes. Mitosis and meiosis.
Cell cycle. Gametogenesis.
Protein synthesis. Protein glycosilation.
Cell communication: types of informational molecules and signal transduction pathways.
Cell death. Necrosis and apoptosis. Intrinsic and extrinsic induction of apoptosis. Recognition of cells and apoptotic bodies.
Immune system.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lessons will be held in the classroom with the support of pdf files. The teaching material will be made available in a elearning platform. At the end of each topic, a self-assessment test will be submitted to students.
The practical laboratory exercises will include i) knowledge of various microscopic techniques (light, fluorescence, confocal microscopes, and transmission and scanning electron microscopes), ii) using light microscopy for the analysis of histological structures (epithelial, connective, muscle and nervous tissues), iii) carrying out of histology and cytology preparations with different staining methods (both in vivo and fixed materials). A self-assessment test will be submitted to students on each histological topic.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Teacher lecture notes, background material, information about examination dates will be reported in the elearning platform, accessible with a password provided by the teacher at the beginning of the course lessons.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Karp, Biologia Cellulare e Molecolare. Napoli: EdiSES, 2015. Quinta edizione con e-book interattivo con le dispense del docente Cerca nel catalogo
  • De Leo et al., Biologia e Genetica. Napoli: EdiSES, 2013. Terza Edizione Cerca nel catalogo
  • Dalle Donne et al., Istologia ed Elementi di Anatomia Microscopica. Napoli: EdiSES, 2011. Seconda edizione Cerca nel catalogo