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CODE 58088
ACADEMIC YEAR 2023/2024
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR BIO/11
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 1° Semester
MODULES Questo insegnamento è un modulo di:
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

AIMS AND CONTENT

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The student will acquire comprehensive and solid skills in molecular biology, with a particular focus on gene expression in eukaryotes. They will have an in-depth understanding of the mechanisms regulating the transcription and translation of genes, as well as the methods used to manipulate and analyze DNA. Moreover, they will be able to apply this knowledge to solve practical problems in the field of molecular biology

TEACHING METHODS

Frontal lessons, guided discussions. Attendance is mandatory.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The program includes ten lessons covering various aspects of molecular biology. The topics include the encoding of genetic information, the regulation of gene expression in bacteria and eukaryotes, mechanisms of transcription and translation, and experimental techniques in molecular biology.

 

List of lessons:

  1. Introduction to the course. Catalysis and biological processes. Levels of genetic information encoding. Examples of antibody coding.
  2. Regulation of gene expression in bacteria: operons. The Lac operon and the tryptophan operon.
  3. The regulation of gene expression in eukaryotes. Eukaryotic RNA polymerases. The regulation of PolII transcription.
  4. Obligatory and facultative transcription factors. Enhancers. Insulators. The control of the chromatin state. Histone code. Reading/writing complexes and propagation of epigenetic information.
  5. Comparison with regulation in eukaryotes. Eukaryotic RNA polymerases. The regulation of PolII transcription. Obligatory and facultative transcription factors. Enhancers. Insulators. The control of the chromatin state. Histone code. Reading/writing complexes and propagation of epigenetic information.
  6. Regulation of gene expression in eukaryotes. Alternative Splicing. Export and quality control. Regulators of messenger stability. Translation: regulation and accuracy.
  7. Techniques of molecular biology. Techniques of recombinant DNA.
  8. Recombinant DNA techniques. Library and screening for hybridization. In situ hybridization and Northern blot. Microarray.
  9. PCR and all its applications. Real-time PCR. Digital PCR.
  10. Nucleic acid sequencing. Classic techniques and NGS. Artificial gene transfer.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bruce Alberts Dennis Bray Karen Hopkin Alexander Johnson Julian Lewis Martin Raff Keith Roberts Peter Walter

L'essenziale di biologia molecolare della cellula

Quarta edizione

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

SARA TAVELLA (President and Coordinator of Integrated Course)

LESSONS

Class schedule

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EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

The exam is conducted in a written format with questions covering all the topics discussed during the course. The exam consists of a multiple-choice test with 15 questions. During the exam, students are allowed to use notes and texts to answer the multiple-choice questions.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The evaluation will be based on the correctness of the answers provided during the final exam, which aims to verify the assimilation of the topics covered and the ability to connect and apply the acquired knowledge.