65951 - Biochemistry

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Academic Year 2018/2019

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


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 three  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 two open-ended questions. 

Every answer will be evaluated from 0 to 10.

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

Teaching material available on-line

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Giorgio Sartor