To provide the knowledge of cytoplasmic determinants regulating the cell wall structure and the plant architecture. In addition, the course will show the basic procedures to investigate the role of the cytoskeleton on plant development. Functional analysis of gene expression including the cytoskeleton.
Expected learning outcomes
Lesson period: Second semester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
Principles regulating actin filament (AFs) and microtubule (MTs) dynamics. Specific roles of AFs and MTs in plant cells with respect to the animal cells. The MT dynamics as the major determinant of the cell wall structure and the plant cell shape. Protein complexes involved in MT nucleation (model of dispersed MTOcs) and MT dynamics in isodiametrically and tip growing cells (3CFU). Cell Biology in the scientific lab. Imaging technology and the cytoskeleton. Structure and relevance of the cytoskeleton in disease and diagnostics. Unconventional signaling through cellular shape. (1C.F.U). Disease and target-oriented cell biology. Functional analysis of gene function by cell biology (data discussion). (1C.F.U). The "Professor corner": ribosomes and translation in the regulation of gene expression, growth and differentiation (1C.F.U) Material Slides; texts to be defined; articles in Ariel web site; scientific literature
Prerequisites and Exam Modalities Good knowledge of biology. Willing to participate to discussions. Basic knowledge of plant cell biology. Written examinations (Moscatelli). Written plus oral examination (Biffo).