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BIOSC 1820 - Metabolic Pathways & Regulation

Course Description:

The primary focus of this course will be on the pathways of intermediary metabolism by which all cells and organisms synthesize and degrade carbohydrates, lipids (fats), nitrogenous compounds, and nucleotides. Specifically, we will examine the chemistry of the reactions that constitute these pathways, and discuss how energy is derived from the breakdown of nutrients. A strong emphasis will be placed on how the pathways are regulated by specific molecules and hormones in living systems. Finally, we will consider how several human diseases arise from defects in metabolic pathways, and will review papers in the current scientific literature on new techniques by which the components of metabolic pathways are characterized in the laboratory.