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CELL CULTURES AND LABORATORY

CODE 98861
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 2 cfu during the 3nd year of 8762 SCIENZE BIOLOGICHE (L-13) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR BIO/09
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The module aims to provide an advanced understanding of the fundamental principles for cell culture.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Provide students with an in-depth study of the techniques used for the growth and manipulation of cells "in vitro" and the use of different types of cell culture.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Participation in the planned training activities (lectures and laboratory) will allow the students of the Biological Sciences Course to acquire the general knowledge and the fundamental notions for cell culture, which are necessary for the professional outlets in the Biological Sciences field.

    The module aims to describe the basic principles of cell cultures and their use in many fields of experimentation and diagnostics. The module includes a theoretical part that illustrates the use of the types of cells that can be grown in a laboratory, the composition of the culture media, the methods of sterilization and the architecture of a cell culture laboratory, and a practical part where the individual participants will experience working in sterile conditions and develop basic cell counting protocols, determination of cell viability and wound healing.

    The student must be able to:

    • Knowing the principles that dictate the correct practice of cell cultures;

    • Acquiring practical skills in working in sterile conditions, cell manipulation and measurement of some parameters;

    • Understanding the purposes of cell culture practice.

    Skills acquired at the end of the course: At the end of the course, the student must acquire knowledge of the basic requirements that allow him to grow cells successfully and safely.

    PREREQUISITES

    Knowledge of the Biochemistry and Physiology programs. 

    Knowledge of the main aspects of General Biology with particular regard to the structure of the cell and its components.

    TEACHING METHODS

    The teaching consists of lectures and a part of a theoretical-practical laboratory. Attendance at classes and lab exercises is strongly recommended. 

    The laboratory exercises are aimed at the deepening of some basic methods for the practice of cell cultures. 

    In particular, small group exercises will be developed (3 students max) for the determination of:

     - Trypsinization;

    - Cell count with trypan blue;

     - Cell seeding;

     - Familiarization with the calculation for dilutions;

    - Cell viability following different treatments;

     - Wound healing following different treatments;

    The exercises are carried out in the DISTAV equipped laboratories (with optical microscopes, spectrophotometers, spectrofluorimeters, etc.).

     

    Please refer to the specific AulaWeb application for teaching for any updates due to changes in the health and epidemiological situation.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    In vitro cells, primary cultures, finite and continuous cell lines. Basic techniques of cell cultures in vitro. Advantages and disadvantages of cell cultures. The 3 Rs. Necessary equipment and sterilization methods. 

    Composition of different media. Trypsinization and propagation of cell culture. Freezing and thawing cells. Cell adhesion. Kinetics of growth. Cellular count. Evaluation methods of cell proliferation, survival and toxicity. Viability test. Some applications: wound healing. 

    Architecture of a laboratory and safety regulations. 

    The Laboratory credit will be dedicated to the practical application of what was explained during the theoretical lessons (setting up a culture, cell count, subculture, wound healing).

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    • G.L. Mariottini et al. Introduzione alle colture cellulari: metodiche relative – MORGAN ed. tecniche
    • Biochimica e biologia molecolare. Principi e tecniche
    • Keith Wilson, John Walker Ed. Raffaello Cortina

    Provided by the teacher and published on aulaweb

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    ELENA GRASSELLI (President)

    TERESA BALBI

    ILARIA DEMORI (President Substitute)

    LESSONS

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    During the module each student is asked to write the protocol that will be used in the practical part of the laboratory. This protocol is drawn up on the basis of the documentation provided by the teacher. The drafting of the protocol will be appropriately weighed together with the oral exam.

    The examination procedure for the assessment of the achievement by the student of the objectives set will take place with an oral examination, and will always be conducted by a commission consisting of at least two tenured teachers (or in cases limited by a tenured professor and a lecturer of the subject designated by the CCS). The Commission, appointed in this way, is able to verify with high accuracy the achievement of the educational objectives of the teaching.

    Booking: https://servizionline.unige.it/studenti/esami/prenotazione

    At least 3 calls will be available in the winter session (January-February) and 3 calls in the summer session (June, July, September).

     

    Please refer to the specific AulaWeb application for teaching for any updates due to changes in the health and epidemiological situation.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The Commission accurately verifies the achievement of the educational objectives of the teaching by asking different questions related to the program actually carried out during the lessons of the module.

    The protocol wirtten during the module will be asked and evaluated.

    For the final evaluation of the student the commission will evaluate the following requirements: level of knowledge of the topics covered by the questions, exposure skills, ability to reason and link with other topics of the module. In the event that the training objectives are not achieved, the student is invited to better verify his / her knowledge and possibly to make use of further explanations by contacting the lecturer in charge of the module.