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CHEMISTRY
Course unit
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY OF BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS
SCL1000211, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
CHEMISTRY
SC1169, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY OF BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS
Department of reference Department of Chemical Sciences
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch PADOVA
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

Lecturers
Teacher in charge DONATELLA CARBONERA CHIM/02
Other lecturers MARILENA DI VALENTIN CHIM/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses CHIM/02 Physical Chemistry 6.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 a.a. 2018/19 27/01/2014 30/11/2019 CARBONERA DONATELLA (Presidente)
DI VALENTIN MARILENA (Membro Effettivo)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: none
Target skills and knowledge: The course provides the cultural elements for the spectroscopic investigation of the structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids and their complexes and gives a molecular approach to the understanding of natural processes.
Examination methods: written exam to be held in two hours time. Questions concerning the program will be formulated with different difficulty index for a total of 30 points Some of these will be open questions, others with multiple choice. Exercises with numerical calculation will also be proposed.
Assessment criteria: The understanding of the methods described in the course and the ability to apply them to the resolution of specific problems relating to the structure and function of macromolecules, will be evaluated
Course unit contents: The course consists in the description of approaches and physico-chemical techniques used in the study of soluble and membrane proteins and nucleic acids, according to the following scheme:
- Optical spectroscopy: UV-Visible absorption and emission applied to proteins, cofactors, coenzymes, metallo-proteins and nucleotides.
- Techniques that use fluorescent probes: Energy transfer and FRET (Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer) imaging, quenching, immunofluorescence, with hints of confocal microscopy.
- Circular dichroism and its applications in the study of protein conformation.
- Conventional and advanced EPR techniques for investigating the structure and function of biological macromolecules. Applications to the study of metalloprotein and protein for electron transfer. Spin labeling technique associated with site-directed mutagenesis (SDSL) and EPR applications.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures accompanied by slides and exercises in the classroom
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lecture notes and other material provided by the teacher
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

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