aZLBC0321s Biochemistry I - seminar

Faculty of Medicine
autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Taught partially online.
doc. RNDr. Jiří Dostál, CSc. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Jana Gregorová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
MUDr. Miroslava Hlaváčová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
MUDr. Michaela Králíková, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
RNDr. Hana Paulová, CSc. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Ondřej Peš, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Jiří Slanina, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
prof. RNDr. Eva Táborská, CSc. (seminar tutor)
doc. RNDr. Josef Tomandl, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Marie Tomandlová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Jindra Smutná, Ph.D. (assistant)
Monika Šudáková (assistant)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Eva Táborská, CSc.
Department of Biochemistry - Theoretical Departments - Faculty of Medicine
Contact Person: Monika Šudáková
Supplier department: Department of Biochemistry - Theoretical Departments - Faculty of Medicine
Wed 10:00–11:40 A16/213
Prerequisites (in Czech)
aZLBF011c Med.Physics and Informatic-pr. && aZLBI0222c Biology II -practice && aZLLC011p Medical Chemistry,DM - lecture
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Seminars are complementary to Biochemistry I lecture (ZLBC0221p). At the end of the course student understand and can describe the major metabolic pathways and their significance.
Learning outcomes
1. Student discusses the properties and function of enzymes
2. Describes basic catabolic and anabolic pathways of carbohydrate, lipid and protein metabolism, and their relationships.
3. Understands the principles of energy production, utilization and deposition at the cellular level.
4. Explains the function of cell membranes and the principle of compartmentalization at the cellular level and the transport processes on the membrane.
5. Describes protein synthesis, starting with the replication and transcription, translation and post-translational modifications. Understand the relationship between protein structure and function.
6. Explains the function of hemoglobin in oxygen transport and maintaining acid-base balance.
7. Discusses the principles of some diseases at the molecular level.
  • Introduction into the metabolism of cells (differences between prokatyotic and eukaryotic cell). Structure of haemoglobin and its relationship to the function. Hb types in the blood of healthy subjects, HbCO and MetHb, abnormal Hb types. Enzymes - reaction rate, progress curve, the Michaelis plot and Km, enzyme inhibition. Coenzymes, their relationship to vitamins. Written test I (Biochemical methods, hemoglobin, enzymology, coenzymes.) Membrane structure and assembly. Transport across membranes. Metabolism of glucose: Glycolysis under anaerobic and aerobic conditions and the oxidation of pyruvate. Gluconeogenesis. Glycogenesis and glycogenolysis. Metabolism of proteins. Common features of amino acid conversion. The synthesis of urea. Nitrogen balance. Important reactions in amino acid catabolism. Written test II (Membranes, transport across membranes, metabolism of saccharides and amino acids.) Biosynthesis and desaturation of fatty acids. The sources of essential fatty acids. Metabolism of triacylglycerols. Metabolism of phospholipids. Biosynthesis of eicosanoids. Peroxidation of lipids. Written test III (Metabolism of lipids.) The citric acid cycle. The respiratory chain and oxidative phosphorylation. Replication, transcription, proteosynthesis.
    required literature
  • Seminar texts available in Information system
Teaching methods
Course is based on group discusion to the given topics. The outlines of discusion are in the recommended textbook. Complementary materials are available in section Study materials.
Assessment methods
Conditions for giving the course-unit credit: Three short tests are written during the semester. Students that will obtain 52/75 points or more during the semester are not obliged to write the credit test. The other students will write the credit test with the 30 questions in the last week of the semester. The limit for passing the credit test is 14 points. All absences must be made up before writing the credit test. Students that will not fulfill this limit will be allowed to repeat the test once. Students that will not fulfill this requirement will not be given the course-unit credit. Obtaining of course-unit credits of practices and seminars is the pre-requisite for registration to the examination of Biochemistry I. Depending on epidemiological situation, assessment method may be altered. The current conditions will be posted in IS (Study materials – Course-related instructions).
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 30.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses

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