Course: Molecular Biophysics

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Course title Molecular Biophysics
Course code KBF/MOLBI
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory, Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Kašpárková Jana, prof. RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Origin and evolution of life. 2. Cell, cellular organelle. 3. Biological membranes - basic function. Type of cellular membranes. Basic components of BM and their formation. 4. Structure of biological membranes. Levels of studies of BM. Development of opinions on BM structure. Basic characteristics of BM 5. Physical properties of biological membranes. Organization of membrane lipids. Phase transitions. Mobility of membrane components. 6. Membrane transport I. Basis characteristics of major transport mechanisms. Diffusion. Transfer of ions across membrane. Mediated diffusion (carriers, channels). 7. Membrane transport II. Active transport. F- a V-ATPases. P-ATPases. Secondary active transport. Transportation of water. 8. Reception and processing of information by membranes. Physical signals. External chemical signals. Molecules of cell surface. Cellular recognition. 9. Receptors, receptor response I. Sorting of surface receptors. Receptors with integral and separated protein-kinase activity. Mechanism of receptor response. Metabolic pathways via cAMP and InsP3/DAG. 10. Receptors, receptor response II. Interaction, regulation and termination of receptor response. Endocytosis mediated by receptors. Cellular adhesion. 11. Cell dynamics: Cytoskeleton. Cellular contacts. Molecular motors. Active motion. 12. Antigens, immunogens and antibodies, immunogenicity. Epitopes, haptens. Immunoglobulins - structure, types. 13. Immune system. Lymphoid organs. Immune response of cells. Differentiation of B- a T-lymphocytes. Inborn and required immunity. 14. Immune response. Kinetics of immune response. Mechanisms of removal of antigens. Regulation of immune response. Cytokines (interleukins, tumor necrosis factor, interferons). Complement system. 15. Fundamental immunological methods. Immunoprecipitation curve. Immunodiffusion (simple, dual). Electrophoresis, immunoelectrophoresis. Electroimmunodiffusion. Chromatography. Nephelometry. Binding tests - RIA, EMIT, ELISA.

Learning activities and teaching methods
  • Homework for Teaching - 2 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Exam - 70 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 26 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Cells and cellular organells.Biological membranes.Membrane transport,receptors.Cellular dynamics.
Knowledge Define the main ideas and conceptions of the subject, describe the main approaches of the studied topics, recall the theoretical knowledge for solution of model problems.
Basic knowledge of biology and biochemistry.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam

Knowledge within the scope of the course topics (examination)
Recommended literature
  • Alberts, B., Bray, D., Johnson, A., Lewis, J., Raff, M., Roberts, K., Walter, P., Kotyk, A., Bouzek, B., & Hozák, P. (2006). Základy buněčné biologie: úvod do molekulární biologie buňky. Ústí nad Labem: Espero.
  • Kotyk, A. (1996). Struktura a funkce biomembrán. Masarykova univerzita Brno.
  • Stites, D. P., Terr, A. I. (1994). Základní a klinická imunologie. Victoria Publishing, Praha.
  • Veselý, J. (1987). Základy molekulární biofyziky II. UP Olomouc.
  • Wolfe, S. L. (1993). Molecular and Cellular Biology. Wadsworth Publishing Company, Belmont, California.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Science Bioinorganic Chemistry (1) Chemistry courses 1 Summer
Faculty of Science Biophysics (2015) Physics courses 1 Summer