To provide a description of the general mechanisms underlying main functions of eukaryotic cells, particularly concerning membrane excitability, signal cellular transduction, and all the processes that allow different cellular types to perform coordinated tasks.
Lessons will be devoted also to provide particular examples of cellular physiology which will be dissected more in detail. For example: autonomic modulation of cardiac activity, and visual and auditory transduction. In these particular cases, students will be required to get deeper into molecular, cellular, and whole organ mechanisms.
Among the main aims of the course is to provide knowledge concerning particular cellular molecular mechanisms, needed to understand synergies, couplings, and antagonisms, like in the case of: up- and down-regulation of membrane adenylate cyclase, or the interplay between Na-K pump and Na-Ca exchanger in muscle cells.