Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


A.Y. Credits
2016/2017 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Mauro Magnani
Teaching in foreign languages
Course partially taught in a foreign language English
This course is taught partially in Italian and partially in a foreign language. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Biotechnology (L-2)
Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

 The learning objectives of the course of Biochemistry are all related to the introduction of the students to the world of proteins, sugars, lipids, nucleotides, coenzymes and vitamins.
Special attention will be payd to the relationships among structure and functions of proteins especially when these have an enzymatic activity or participate in a regulatory process.
The next section will be related to cell metabolism and its regulation. It is expected that the student become familiar also with the molecular bases of integration of cell metabolic regulation with
the action of extracellular signals (i.e. hormons) under different physiological and pathological conditions.


1. The cell and subcellular structures;

1.1 Metabolic processes.
2. Chemistry of carbohydrates
3. Chemistry of lipids
4. Chemistry of proteins
5. Chemistry of nucleotides and coenzymes
6. Enzymes

6.1 Enzymes classification
6.2 Structure
6.3 Mechanisms of action
6.4 Regulation
7. Carbohydrates metabolism
7.1 Glycogen metabolism
7.2 Glycolysis
7.3 Hexose monophosphate shunt
7.4 Gluconeogenesis
7.5 Other sugars of metabolic interest
8. Lipids metabolis
8.1 beta oxidation
8.2 Fatty acids synthesis
8.3 Cholesterol metabolism
8.4 Phospholipids metabolism
9. Nitrogen metabolism
9.1 Amino acids metabolism
9.2 Urea cycle
9.3 Amino acids biosynthesis
9.4 Biosynthesis and degradation of purine and pyrimidine nucleotides
10. Krebs cycle
11. Energy balance

11.1 Electron transfer and oxigen consumption
11.2 Oxidative phosphorylation
12. Mechanims of action of vitamins and ormones
12.1 cAMP and Ca as second messangers
13. Metabolic regulation

Bridging Courses

General chemistry; Organic chemistry

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

The student will aquire basic knowledge of the relationships among structure and functions of proteins with special reference to fibrous proteins and globular proteins. At the end of the course the studend should have all relevant knowledge about enzymes, the mechanisms of calalysis, clear comprension of affinity, specificity and velocity of enzyme catalyzed reactions.

With respect to the area devoted to metabolism the students will be familiar with glucose metabolism, lipid metabolis, nitrogen metabolism in animal and microbial cells. In addition, the student will have basic knowledge on energy production and redox potential generation.

With respect to the area of metabolic regulation the student will have basic knowledge of the main interactions among different metabolic pathways, will be familiar with their reciprocal regulation and with the mechanism(s) of response(s) to extracellular signals.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

teaching materials and supporting activities are available through Moodle platform on line at blended.uniurb.it

laboratory demonstractions and training on enzymes will be organized

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


lectures and laboratory training


not obbligatory

Course books

J. L.Timoczcko, J. Berg,  L. Stryer, Biochimica, Zanichelli,

D.L. Nelson, M.M. Cox, I principi di Biochimica di Lehninger, Zanichelli


Oral examination

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students


All materials used during the course is avalable on Moodle platform from the web site of the university



Course books

see above


Oral examination


the theacher is available at mauro.magnani@uniurb.it also to set an appointment

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