Mol Biology and Biochemistry-Proteins (BCHM3081)


This unit of study is designed to provide a comprehensive coverage of the functions of proteins in living organisms, with a focus on eukaryotic and particularly human systems. Its lecture component deals with how proteins adopt their biologically active forms, including discussions of protein structure, protein folding and how recombinant DNA technology can be used to design novel proteins with potential medical or biotechnology applications. Particular emphasis is placed on how modern molecular biology and biochemical methods have led to our current understanding of the structure and functions of proteins. It also covers physiologically and medically important aspects of proteins in living systems, including the roles of chaperones in protein folding inside cells, the pathological consequences of misfolding of proteins, how proteins are sorted to different cellular compartments and how the biological activities of proteins can be controlled by regulated protein degradation. The practical course is designed to complement the lecture course and will provide students with experience in a wide range of techniques used in molecular biology and protein biochemistry laboratories.

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Two 1-hour lectures per week; two 3-hours practicals per fortnight


One 2.5-hour exam (theory and theory of prac 70%), in-semester (practical work and assignments 30%)


Williamson M. How Proteins Work. Garland. 2011.

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Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

[12 credit points of (MBLG2071, MBLG2971, BCHM2071, BCHM2971, BCHM2072, BCHM2972)] OR [(BMED2401, BMED2405 and 6 additional credit points of BMED240X) and (MBLG2071 or MBLG2971 or BCHM2071 or BCHM2971)]


BCHM3981 or BCHM3001 or BCHM3901 

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