Proteins are the cellular manifestation of genetic information. They are assembled into a polymeric structure from monomers derived in part from components in our diet. The many proteins manufactured by cells perform a broad range of essential functions — the molecular workforce of living organisms. Proteins catalyze metabolic reactions, replicate DNA, respond to stimuli, provide movement, and much more. Using video lectures, articles, case studies, and molecular models, we will explore how proteins are constructed, how they fold into 3-dimensional shapes, the kinds of bonds that hold these folded structures together, and the immense range of roles that proteins assume ‑ from structural proteins found in muscle to catalysts for cellular chemical reactions.
Purification and characterization are essential to understand protein structure and function, and we will identify a variety of methods to uncover how these tiny machines drive almost all living processes.
The course grade will be based on questions with each video lecture, quizzes, homework, and a final exam.
Secondary (high school) chemistry and biology.
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Dr. Catanese received his Ph.D. from Rice University and did his postdoctoral research at Baylor College of Medicine on topoisomerases and DNA dynamics/structure. Dr. Catanese has lectured for graduate courses at Baylor College of Medicine and associate courses at the University of Phoenix. He is a member of the Biophysics Society and the American Chemical […]