Class General Biochemistry

  • Presentation


    Biochemistry is a science that deals with the study of the chemical processes relevant to living organisms. This CU is fundamental for understanding the chemistry of food and the study of nutrition and nutrition.

  • Code


  • Syllabus


    I - Introduction to Biochemistry.

    1. Biochemistry and its objectives.
    2. Origin of life.
    3. The cell - a fundamental unit of biochemical processes.
    4. Organic chemistry with interest in Biochemistry
    5. Nomenclature in Organic Chemistry
    6. Chirality and Biological Activity

    II - The water.

    1. Properties of water.
    2. Acids, bases and buffers.
    3. Amino acids and proteins.

    III - The amino acids.

    1. The peptide bond.
    2. Structural levels of proteins.
    3. Active and regulatory centers.
    4. Myoglobin and hemoglobin.
    5. The enzymes.

    IV - Lipids.

    1. Definition and classification of lipids.
    2. The biological membranes.

    V - Glícidos.

    1. Definition and vocabulary.
    2. Classification and properties.

    VI - Biological information.

    1. Composition and primary structure of nucleic acids.
    2. Three-dimensional structure of DNA.
    3. Three-dimensional structure of the various RNAs.
  • Objectives


    The General Biochemistry aims to introduce students to the study of biochemical processes In this UC will be studied the structures of various biomolecules: proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids and the role of water in biochemistry. At the end of the course, students should master perfectly the bases that will allow the approach to metabolism and its changes that will be addressed in the following curricular units.

    Skills: knowledge and understanding of the structure and properties of the main classes of biomolecules (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids) and the understanding of water functions as a solvent and his interactions with biomolecules. Students should also have an understanding of basic methodologies such as preparation of reagent solutions, potentiometry and acid-base determinations, spectrophotometry and determination of solution concentrations, extraction and purification of biomolecules and chromatography.

  • Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Teaching methodologies and assessment

    Knowledge progression tests throughout the semester were carried out at home through the learning platform. Pedagogical games in the classroom capture students' attention and motivate learning.

  • References


    • Voet, D. & Voet. J.G. Biochemistry, (4th Ed). New York: John Wiley & Sons. (2010)
    • Halpern M, Freire A, Quintas A. Bioquímica Organização Molecular da Vida. Lidel (2008)
    • Berg, J.M. et al. Biochemistry (7th Ed). New York: Freeman and Company. (2010)
    • Devlin T. Textbook of biochemistry; with clinical correlations. (7th Ed). Blucher (2011)
    • Weil, J.H. Bioquímica Geral (2ª Ed). Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. (2000)



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