65951 - Biochemistry

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Docente: Romana Fato
  • Credits: 6
  • SSD: BIO/10
  • Language: Italian
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Ravenna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Environmental Sciences (cod. 8011)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student will posses knowledge of structure and functions of biomolecules ad of the main metabolic processes.

Course contents


Biomolecules, structure and functions
Enzyme kinetics
Oxygen transport, hemoglobin and cooperativity
Sugar metabolism:

  • Glycolysis / Gluconeogenesis;
  • Citrate cycle (TCA cycle);
  • Pentose phosphate pathway;

Energy metabolism:

  • Oxidative phosphorylation;
  • Photosynthesis

Fat metabolism:

  • Fatty acid degradation
  • Fatty acid biosynthesis
  • Steroid biosynthesis

Nitrogen metabolism:

  • Nitrate assimilation
  • Nitogen fixation
  • Ammonim and Urea

Nucleic Acid Metabolism

  • DNA metabolism
  • RNA metabolism
  • Protein metabolism



Champe P., Harvey R., Ferrier D.R., "LE BASI DELLA BIOCHIMICA" Zanichelli
David L. Nelson, Michael M. Cox "I PRINCIPI DI BIOCHIMICA DI LEHNINGER" Zanichelli

Teaching methods

Lesson and exercises at individual and small group level.

Assessment methods

The principal learning outcomes that will be assessed are:

- knowledge of the main biochemical processes of environmental interest

The final grade will be composed of a written test on multiple choice questions and one/ two open-ended questions on the following main issues:

  1. Macromolecules (Aminoacids an proteins, protein structure, enzymes carbohydrates, lipids an biological membranes, nucleotides and coenzymes)
  2. Metabolism (Enzyme kinetics, oxygen transport, metabolism of carbohydrates: glycolisis, pentose phosphate pathway, citrate cycle (Krebs cycle), pyruvate)
  3. Metabolism (Oxydative phosphorilation, photosynthesis, fatty acids beta oxydation, nitrogen metabolism)

A test in progress is planned and it will be composed of a written test on multiple choice questions and one/two open-ended questio

This teaching is part of an Integrated Course, the final grade will be proportional to the CFU of each teaching:

65951 - BIOCHIMICA 6 CFU 50%

65952 - FISIOLOGIA 6 CFU 50%

Being this an Integrated Course the verbalizing teacher if Prof. Elena Fabbri.


Teaching tools

 power point slides

Office hours

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