cod. 1001269

Academic year 2016/17
2° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Microbiologia generale (BIO/19)
Discipline biomolecolari
Type of training activity
63 hours
of face-to-face activities
9 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
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Learning objectives

Understanding specific characteristics of microorganisms: parasites , symbionts , mutualists and the different strategies and schemes of infection.Furthermore, understanding the mechanism of action of the organic defense systems.


Have sufficient knowledge of general biology and biochemistry .

Course unit content

Biology of microorganisms as agents of infection and their unique characteristics .

Full programme

Current knowledge of general microbiology-virology correlated with the molecular virology as well as cellular-organized microbiology. Molecular basis of pathogenicity mechanisms and virulence for bacteria as well as viruses inducing infection.
Basis for the development of biological new molecules anti-infective. Structure of the bacterial cell. The mechanisms of the immune response actions.
· Humoral Primary and secondary response.
.Cellular or cell mediated rsponse.
·Humoral thymus-dependent and thymus-independent response.
.Natural immunity.

· Cytokines and their role
The lymphocytes "killer"
The cells "natural killer"

· Definition of virus
- The different phases of viral multiplication
-Bacterial as well as human viruses
- Replication of the virus RNA, positive and negative polarity of the genome,single as well as double stranded.
- Replication of the nucleic acid in DNA viruses, double stranded and single stranded molecules.
- Expression of the viral genome
- Viruses, non oncogenic as well asoncogenic,with DNA and RNA genomes.
- Prions, viroids, virusoids

-Growth of viruses
growing in cell culture "in vitro": CPE, enzyme immunoassay and immunofluorescence
cultivation in embryonated eggs
cultivation in eukaryotic cells

· Viral interference
- Mediated by interferon, the interferon system and its mechanisms of action
· Interaction virus-organism
- Pathogenesis of viral infections
- Response of the host to viral infections
- Persistent infections.


Brock.General Microbiology

Teaching methods

Oral lectures with continual references to the general principles of the practice in the laboratory.

Assessment methods and criteria

Written test and oral exam

Other information

The course promotes the acquisition of independent judgment , in consideration of previous general knowledge and specific information obtained from suggested textbooks and educational materials provided