Spring 2015 - MBB 324 D100

Protein Biochemistry (3)

Class Number: 4018

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    AQ 3154, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 23, 2015
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    AQ 3149, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Mark Paetzel
    Office: SSB6142
  • Prerequisites:

    MBB 222,with a minimum grade of C.



An exploration of the fundamental aspects of proteins; their chemical and physical nature, their synthesis, stability and turnover, as well as their structure and function. Methods of protein analysis and structure determination will be presented.



  1. Structure and properties of amino acids and the peptide bond
  2. Non-covalent forces in protein structure and water
  3. Secondary and tertiary structure (domains)
  4. Quaternary structure (oligomers)
  5. Protein-protein interactions
  6. Insights into enzyme mechanism through protein structure
  7. Protein dynamics
  8. How proteins make things move and transmit signals
  9. Techniques to study proteins


  • Exam I 20%
  • Exam II 20%
  • Exam III 20%
  • Exam IV 20%
  • Problem Sets 20%

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