Structural biology of the cell

A.Y. 2016/2017
6
Max ECTS
48
Overall hours
SSD
BIO/01 BIO/06
Language
English
Learning objectives
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
Undefined
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
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).

Counseled propedeutics
Biochemistry. Molecular biology.

Teaching methods
Interactive lessons. Frontal lectures. Attendance is preferred.

Teaching language
English

Information on coursework
Ariel and other sites will be available with further explanations and articles.
The lectures will be provided to the students
BIO/01 - GENERAL BOTANY - University credits: 0
BIO/06 - COMPARATIVE ANATOMY AND CYTOLOGY - University credits: 0
Lessons: 48 hours
Professor(s)
Reception:
Wednesday 10.30-12.30 and Friday 10.30-11.30
Office