Bachelor's degree in Nursing (to qualify as a nurse) (Legnago)

Biomolecular fondamentals of life - BIOCHIMICA

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Name of lecturer
Sofia Giovanna Mariotto
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
INF LEG - 1° anno 1° sem dal Oct 4, 2016 al Dec 22, 2016.

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Lesson timetable

INF LEG - 1° anno 1° sem

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Learning outcomes

Basic knowledge of the structure and function of the most important biological macromolecules and of the metabolic pathways. Highlight the connections between different metabolic processes as well as the associated bioenergetics changes.


1. Constitutive elements of the living matter: polymeric structure of the biological macromolecules.
2. Structure and function of proteins: amino acids; peptide bond; structural levels of proteins; fibrous proteins and globular proteins; hemoglobin and myoglobin; hemoglobin variants; classification, function and regulation of enzymes.
3. Bioenergetics: metabolism, chemical transformations in the cell; thermodynamics; ATP as energy exchanger; oxidation/reductions.
4. Structure and metabolism of carbohydrates; monosaccharides and disaccharides; polysaccharides; glycolysis and its regulation; gluconeogenesis; penthose phosphate pathway; structure, function and metabolism of glycogen.
5. AcetylCoA. Citric acid cycle; electron transport chain and oxidative phosphorylation; ATP synthesis.
6. Structure and metabolism of lipids: structural lipids and biological membranes; lipids transport; lipids catabolism and fatty acids beta-oxidation; hints on fatty acids biosynthesis
7. Amino acid metabolism; excretion of the aminic group; urea cycle; metabolism of the carbon chain.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Catani et all Appunti di biochimica (Edizione 2) piccin 2017 978-88-299-2843-9
M. Samaja Corso di Biochimica per Lauree Triennali Piccin Ed. Padova  
P.C. CHAMPE, R.A. HAEVEY, D.R. FERRIER Le basi della biochimica Zanichelli 2015

Assessment methods and criteria

Multiple choice tests.


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