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Course unit
MEP5070483, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
ME2193, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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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
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


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

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 02/12/2019 30/09/2020 POLVERINO DE LAURETO PATRIZIA (Presidente)
SPOLAORE BARBARA (Membro Effettivo)
4 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 03/12/2018 02/12/2019 POLVERINO DE LAURETO PATRIZIA (Presidente)
SPOLAORE BARBARA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Students must know the structure of DNA, RNA and proteins, the concept of the genome and the fundamentals of biochemistry
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is to show 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, 2D-electrophoresis, liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry. A large part of the course is dedicated to provide knowledge of proteomics and proteomics techniques.
Examination methods: Final oral exam and evaluation of the results obtained during the laboratory (28 points). A recent article is also discussed.
Evaluation of the laboratory report (2 points)
Assessment criteria: The aim of the exam is to verify the knowledge of aspects relating to the analysis of a proteome. The knowledge of modern mass spectrometry instruments will be also verified.
Participation and commitment in the classroom, assessed on the basis of attendance.
Level of critical thinking of the student, judged on the basis of the results of peer reviews.
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-dimensional chromatography. 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.
If available, shor movies are shown.
The laboratory training is performed in equipped laboratories and each student has available personal equipment, to carry out his work.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The slides of the course and the material to study 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

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving
  • Concept maps

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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