MICROBIOLOGY, GENERAL PATHOLOGY AND IMMUNOLOGY AND LABORATORY

MICROBIOLOGY, GENERAL PATHOLOGY AND IMMUNOLOGY AND LABORATORY

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Code
66902
ACADEMIC YEAR
2018/2019
CREDITS
10 credits during the 2nd year of 8756 Biotechnology (L-2) GENOVA
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Biotechnology)
Prerequisites
modules
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

The Course of Microbiology, General Pathology, and Immunology is meant to give Biotecnology students an understanding of the main pathogenic microorganisms and knowledge of important aspects of the immune response against pathogens and cancer cells. The Course gives also insights into the pathogenesis of processes such as inflammation and neoplastic transformation.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Knowing fundamental, ancillary, and peculiar bacterial structures as an extrinsic cause of general illness and, particularly, infectious. Knowing the ways of bacterial damage to cells and to the human body, toxic, inflammatory and inhibiting the immune surveillance. Knowing human viruses structure and pathogenicity. Knowing the fundamental structures of eukaryotic microorganisms, protozoa and yeasts. Knowing antibacterial drugs. Knowing the main lines of microbiological, direct and indirect diagnostics and vaccine prescriptions. Knowing the existence, nomenclature and role of bacteria belonging to the normal human microbial population and the existence, nomenclature and role of the most important pathogenic bacteria and viruses in human medicine. Knowledge of the main mechanisms underlying the inflammatory process and the neoplastic transformation. In-depth knowledge of the main molecular and cellular mechanisms of the immune response (natural and adaptive) against pathogens and tumors. Knowledge of hypersensitivity reactions and related conditions.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

Knowledge of fundamental differences between multicellular organisms and microorganisms, and between eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells, basic and ancillary structures of bacterial cells, genetic and peculiarities of bacterial cells, bacterial spores in general, and spore forming bacteria causing human disease. Knowledge of differences between saprophytic and parasite bacteria and the existence of exogenous and endogenous infections, the direct and indirect bacterial pathogenic mechanisms.

Knowledge of general, direct and indirect microbiological diagnostics, bacteriological diagnostics, antibacterial drugs, bacterial resistance to antibiotics, mechanisms of genetic onset and phenotype. Knowledge of major protozoa and yeasts. of medical interest and related diagnostic modes

Knowledge of structure of viruses in general and DNA and RNA viruses in particular, of replication and viral pathogenicity. Knowledge of viral diagnostics, direct and indirect. Knowledge of non-pathogenic parasitic bacteria, their nomenclature and localization in different districts of the human body. Knowledge of medical classification of pathogenic bacteria, viruses, protozoa and yeasts of medical interest.

Knowledge of vaccine prescriptions, classification and microbiology meaning.

The part of General Pathology gives in-depth knowledge on the inflammatory process The concepts of angioflogosis and histoflogosis will be defined and characterized. Important aspects of general oncology will be addressed, such as the definitions of oncogene, tumor marker and metastasis. The classification of tumors on the basis of behavior, histogenesis, grading and staging will be defined.

About Immunology, the physiology of the immune system and the peculiar feature of innate and adaptive immune response will be deeply characterized. Finally, some of the principal pathological aspects of immune system will be described.

Teaching methods

Frontal lessonsand laboratory.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

MICROBIOLOGY

Basic differences between multi-cellular organisms and microorganisms, and between eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells

Bacterial cell structure

Peculiar genetics and metabolism of bacterial cells

Bacterial spores

Saprophytic and parasite bacteria. Exogenous and endogenous infections

Direct and indirect bacterial pathogenicity

General and bacteriology microbiological diagnostics

Antibacterial drugs and resistances

Classification and structure of protozoa of medical interest

Classification and structure of yeasts of medical interest

Viral structure

Viral replication

Viral pathogenicity and viral diagnosis. Vaccine prescriptions

Classification of non-pathogenic human bacteria and related human districts

Medical classification of main pathogenic bacteria patogeni, viruses , protozoa and yeasts

 

MOLECULAR PATHOLOGY

- The inflammatory process

Definition and causes of angioflogosis

Active and passive hyperemia: causes and consequences

Inflammatory oedema: causes and different exudates

Cellular and plasmatic mediators

Histoflogosis: pathogenesis and classification

Tissue repair

Hints on tuberculosis and syphilis

 

-General oncology

Modern definition of neoplasia

Cancer cells: atypical morphology, metabolism and behavior

Main concepts of tumor marker

Initiation, promotion and progression in carcinogenesis

Metastasis: definition and implications of tumor spread

Oncogenes: definition of and their mechanisms of activation

Hints on genetic predisposition to cancer

Causes of cancer: physical, chemical and biological factors

Classification of tumors on the basis of: behavior (malignant/benign), histogenesis, grading and staging

 

IMMUNOLOGY

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The Immune System: Cells and Tissues of the Immune System.

General features of the Innate and Adaptive  Immune response.

The Innate Immunity Receptors. The Complement System. 

Natural Killer Cells (NK). Dendritic Cells (Myeloid and Plasmacitoid).

The Adaptive Immune Response. Clonal selection Theory. 

Origin and maturation of T and B lymphocytes. The Antigen receptors gene rearrangement (Immunoglobulin and T Cell receptors)

The Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) . The antigen processing and presentation to T Lymphocytes.

Activation of T Lymphocytes. Effector mechanisms of Cell mediated Immunity. Cytotoxic and Helper T cells subpopulations

B cell activation and Antibody production. The effector mechanisms of Humoral Immunity

The Cytokines.

Immunity to Pathogens. Mucosal Immunity. The Hypersensitivity Reactions. The immunity to tumors

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Microbiology: Through computer support, students are given lectures written by the teacher, summarizing lessons delivered.

Molecular Pathology: G.M. Pontieri, Elementi di patologia generale per i corsi di Laurea in Professioni Sanitarie. III Edizione PICCIN.

Immunology: P.Parham, Il sistema Immunitario, EdiSes; AK Abbas, AH Lichtmann, Le basi dell’Immunologia, ELSEVIER.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: By appointment by email: eugenio.debbia@unige.it

Ricevimento: By appointment by email: mariacristina.mingari@unige.it

Ricevimento: By appointment by email: ricciarelli@medicina.unige.it

Ricevimento: By appointment by email: gabriella.pietra@unige.it

Exam Board

ROBERTA RICCIARELLI (President)

GABRIELLA PIETRA (President)

MARIA CRISTINA MINGARI (President)

EUGENIO DEBBIA (President)

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Frontal lessonsand laboratory.

LESSONS START

March 1, 2018

ORARI

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EXAMS

Exam description

Oral Examination

Assessment methods

The exam consists of 3 oral parts ( Microbiology, General Pathology and Immunology). The exam is always led by the owners of the course. Only in exceptional cases, the teacher may be replaced by another teacher role with experience. These modes enable the Commission to verify, with high accuracy, achieving the educational objectives of teaching. When these are not met, the student is invited to deepen the study and to use further clarification by the lecturer.