ANIMAL BIOLOGY (PART OF INTEGRATED COURSE)(PCT MD)

ANIMAL BIOLOGY (PART OF INTEGRATED COURSE)(PCT MD)

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Code
64553
ACADEMIC YEAR
2018/2019
CREDITS
5 credits during the 1st year of 8451 Pharmaceutical chemistry and technology (LM-13) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
BIO/13
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Pharmaceutical chemistry and technology)
semester
1° Semester
modules
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

The main aim of the course is to provide an overview of the cell as a functional autonomous unit as well as a component of more complex structures.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims at providing students with basic knowledge of the molecular mechanisms supporting the principal cell functions (from morphology and internal organization up to gene expression regulation, generation of differentiated cell lineages and genetic traits transmission). 

Teaching methods

The course includes classroom teaching on topics of Cell and Molecular Biology and Genetics.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course is divided in six main areas:

1. Macromolecules – Topics to be developed: Basic structure and properties of nucleic acids, proteins, lipids and carbohydrates shall be presented with focus on chemical bonds and molecular structure and interactions to provide notions to understand the basic cell biology.

2. Citology – Topics to be developed: Cell morphology and structure of procariotes and eucariotes. Biological membranes (models, chemical composition and functions), cell organelles (Golgi, endoplasmic reticulum, lisosomes, peroxisomes, mitochondria, nucleus), cytoskeleton (composition and functions of the different systems). 

3. Cell-cell and cell-ECM interactions - Topics to be developed:  Cell junctions (different systems, meaning and functions), extracellular matrix (different forms, meaning and functions), cell communications (different systems, meaning and signaling mechanisms).

4. Gene expression - Topics to be developed:  Nucleic acids structure and functions, DNA duplication, transcription, translation, gene expression regulation.

5. Cell proliferation - Topics to be developed:  Cell cycle and control mechanisms, mitosis, meiosis, gametogenesis, mechanisms and meaning of cell death (apoptosis and necrosis), mechanisms of cell differentiation and cell transformation.

6. Basic genetics - Topics to be developed:  Mendel’s Laws of Heredity, probability of inheritance, alleles and genes, dominant and recessive alleles, homozygous and heterozygous definitions. Sex Chromosomes and Sex-Linked InheritanceKaryotype aneuploidy.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

-Alberts et al.; "L'essenziale di biologia molecolare della cellula"; Zanichelli Editori.

-Becker et al.; "Il mondo della cellula"; Pearsons Eds.

-Solomon et al.; "Biologia"; Edises

-Karp et al.; "Biologia cellulare e molecolare"; Edises

-Pollard et a.; "Biologia Cellulare"; Elsevier-Masson Eds.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: By appointment by email: rodolfo.quarto@unige.it

Exam Board

KATIA CORTESE (President)

RODOLFO QUARTO (President)

DANIELE SAVERINO

LESSONS

Teaching methods

The course includes classroom teaching on topics of Cell and Molecular Biology and Genetics.

EXAMS

Exam description

Final test is based on 15 written questions (multiple choice) and an oral test. Passing of the written test (with at least a score of 9/15) allows the student to be admitted to the oral test.

Assessment methods

During the examination teachers will verify the competence and the ability to make connections of the students.

 

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
11/02/2020 09:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale Sede Istituto Anatomia Umana Normale in via de Toni Sia per studenti in corso, sia per studenti fuori corso. Il superamento dell'esame scritto è propedeutico alla successiva prova orale che si tiene nello stesso giorno e nella stessa sede. Gli studenti dovranno presentarsi all’appello muniti di un valido documento d’identità e, al fine di dimostrare l’avvenuto rispetto delle propedeuticità richieste, dovranno esibire un’autocertificazione degli esami sostenuti, acquisibile in formato .pdf dal sito web di Ateneo, nella sezione “Servizi online agli studenti”, alla voce Anagrafica, Carriera, Tasse e Benefici – La tua carriera." L'ammissione all'orale avviene con il superamento di almeno 9/15 domande dello scritto sia di Biologia sia di Anatomia. Lo studente che non supera l’esame scritto/orale NON potrà ridarlo prima di 30 giorni.