cod. 00061

Academic year 2010/11
2° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Biochimica (BIO/10)
Discipline biologiche
Type of training activity
64 hours
of face-to-face activities
8 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

Study of molecules and chemical reactions essential to life. Structural chemistry and the structure-function relationship; metabolism and its regulation; biological information pathways.  <br />


Before taking the Biochemistry exam, the Organic Chemistry exam must have been passed.

Course unit content

Protein structure and function. Proteins of special physiological interest. Enzymes. Vitamins. Lipids. Biological membranes. Nucleotides and nucleic acids. Bioenergetics and oxidative metabolism. Metabolism of carbohydrates: glycolysis, glycogen metabolism, gluconeogenesis, pentose phosphate pathway. Lipid metabolism. Amino acid metabolism. Tricarboxylic acid cycle. Oxidative phosphorylation. Metabolism of purine and pyrimidine nucleotides. DNA structure. DNA duplication mechanisms. RNA structure. Transcription mechanism. Protein synthesis. Iron and heme metabolism. Hormones and hormone receptors.

Full programme

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D.L.Nelson, M.M.Cox:''I principi di Biochimica di Lehninger'';J.Berg, J.L.Tymoczko,L.Stryer:''Biochimica'';M.K.Campbell,S.O.Farrell”Biochimica”;
D.Voet,J.G.Voet,C.W.Pratt:''Fondamenti di Biochimica'';
T.M.Devlin:''Biochimica'';R.H.Garrett,C.M.Grisham:''Principi di Biochimica''

Teaching methods

Oral lesson

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam

Other information

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