Molecular Structure and Physiology of the Cell
2 units, half school year.
Text Book: Molecular Cell Biology, (the second Editon) Darnell, Lodish, Baltimore eds. Scientific American Book 1990.
In this class, a synthesis of biochemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology is taught. First, .we learn about a brief history from classical cell biology and genetics to modern biochemistry and molecular biology. Therefore students understand that molecular cell biology is a perspective on living systems that arose from the union of three other disciplines: biochemistry, genetics, and anatomical cell biology.
Secndly, we started describing each topic constituting the synthesis:
1. Description and role of biological molecules, such as ions, proteins, and nucleic acids in the cell.
2. Description of various organelles in eukaryotic cells, especially with special attention to nucleus (genes) and ribosomes.
3. Three dimentional construction of cellular structures and function, or localization of various important metabolic activities in the cell are taught, with a special reference to the cytoskeleton.
To attend this class, one has to furnish background of advanced biochemistry and molecular biology, and some basic cell biology.