This cell biology course focuses on the principles underlying cell structure and function. Following a short historic introduction, three main topics are presented: (1) biomolecules, (2) cells and (3) essential cell biological processes.
The section on ‘biomolecules, covers the following structures:
- sugars, including molecules essential for structure and energy conservation;
- lipids, with emphasis on membrane lipids; proteins, including globulines and blood-type agents;
- nucleic acids, including viral, bacterial and eukaryote RNA and DNA.
The part on ‘cells’ emphasizes:
- structure and function of cell organelles, membranes, cytosol, cytoskeleton, nucleus, endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi apparatus, lysosomes, peroxisomes, mitochondria and chloroplasts;
- dynamic cellular processes such as: endocytosis and fagocytosis, recycling of membranes, cell communication, cell cycle, cell division and apoptosis; energy metabolism; gametogenesis and meiosis.
The section on cell biological processes includes
- immunology and immune-based techniques,
- muscle cells and cellular techniques.