BIOCHEMISTRY
cod. 00061

Academic year 2024/25
2° year of course - First semester
Professor
Academic discipline
Biochimica (BIO/10)
Field
Discipline della sanità animale
Type of training activity
Characterising
47 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
in ITALIAN

Learning objectives

The course provides to students the knowledge on the principles, molecules, macromolecules, interactions, metabolism and regulation of the cell with the aim of understanding the fundamental mechanisms of living systems.

Prerequisites

Knowledge of general and organic chemistry are required

Course unit content

Principles of living organisms.
Molecular and macromolecular components of cells.
Bond and intra and inter molecular interactions.
Structure, dynamics and function relationships of proteins.
Antibodies.
Myoglobin and hemoglobin.
Allostery and allosteric models.
Enzymes and coenzymes.
Mechanisms of catalysis, inhibition and regulation.
Lipids and biological membranes.
Carbohydrates.
Principles of metabolism and bioenergetics.
Glycolysis, pentose phosphate pathways, gluconeogenesis, hormone regulation of degradation and synthesis of glycogen.
Degradation of and synthesis of fatty acids.
Ketone bodies.
Synthesis and degradation of the heme.
Krebs cycle.
Oxidative phosphorylation, ATP synthesis and photosynthesis.
Degradation and synthesis of amino acids, urea cycle.
Degradation and synthesis of purine and pyrimidine bases.
Organ metabolism

Full programme

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Bibliography

BERG, TYMOCZKO, STRYER “Biochemistry”, Ed. Zanichelli, Bologna
MATHEWS, VAN HOLDE, AHREN “Biochemistry”, Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, Milano
DEVLIN “Biochemistry”, Ed. EdiSES, Napoli
APPLING, ANTHONY-CAHILL, MATHEWS “Biochimica”, Pearson

Teaching methods

The course is carried out with a series of lectures with visual means and the involvement of students in order to assess the knowledge and the understanding of different topics.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will be usually oral and is aimed at the assessment of the knowledge of biochemistry and the understanding of the principles of living systems.

Other information

Students will find lecture pdf in Elly platform