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Structural biochemistry


Program (detailed contents):

Structure of the main molecules of living systems:

- Amino acids, peptides and proteins

- Nucleotides and nucleic acids (DNA and RNA).

- Mono-, oligo- and poly-saccharides.

- Fatty acids, lipids.




Lecture and tutorials for the acquisition of the knowledge of structural biochemistry


Main difficulties for students:

Necessity to learn and know the chemical structure of biomolecules.


At the end of this module, the student will have understood and be able to explain (main concepts):

- Relationship between structure and function of the main molecules of living systems


The student will be able to: describe the structure and function of:

- Amino acids, peptides and proteins.

- Nucleotides and nucleic acids (DNA and RNA).

- Carbohydrates (monosaccharides, oligosaccharides, polysaccharides).

- Lipids (glycerolipids, sphingolipids, isoprenic lipids).

Needed prerequisite

I1ANBC11 Chemistry

I2BECH11 Organic Chemistry

Form of assessment

The evaluation of outcome prior learning is made as a continuous training during the semester. According ot the teaching, the assessment will be different: as a written exam, an oral exam, a record, a written report, peers review...

Additional information

Amino acids, peptides, proteins, nucleotides, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, monosaccharides, oligosaccharides, polysaccharides, fatty acids, lipids.