Fall 2021 - MBB 423 D100
Protein Structure and Function (3)
Class Number: 4181
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3260, Burnaby
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3210, Burnaby
Prerequisites:MBB 323 or MBB 324, with a minimum grade of C.
Mechanistic principles for how protein molecules achieve diverse functions such as chemical catalysis and conformational switching. Students will learn to critique hypotheses about structural mechanisms, and to interpret the primary literature reporting on structural evidence from X-ray diffraction and spectroscopy.
Mechanistic principles for how proteins achieve diverse functions such as catalysis, conformational switching, and ligand binding. Students will learn to critique hypotheses about structural mechanisms, and to interpret the primary literature reporting on structural evidence from X-ray diffraction, NMR, Cryo-EM, computationally-generated structures and a slew of biochemical/biophysical assays used for studying protein structure-function relationships.
MBB 423 is an advanced undergraduate and graduate (MBB 723) course on protein structure function. This course will be divided into 3 modules in chronological order:
- Module 1: Principles of protein structure and structure:function relationships. (Lectures 1-6)
- Module 2: Detailed overview of various biophysical, biochemical, analytical, and computational methods for studying protein and protein-ligand structure and dynamics. (Lectures 6-14)
- Module 3: Literature-based assignments and presentations by enrolled students focusing on protein structure:function in human health and disease (Students will select their protein of interest and date of presentation in consultation with the instructor).
- Importance of protein structure:function in health and disease
- Protein stability and flexibility
- Enzyme structure:function
- Chemical, physical and computational methods of obtaining, analyzing or predicting protein structures
- Protein evolution and 5-dimensional structure analyses
- Two timed exams (worth 20% and 30% respectively) 50%
- Class presentations and participation 20%
- Final written assignment 30%
This course is not textbook-based. Course readings and research journal articles will be available in electronic Library Reserves or Canvas.
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TEACHING AT SFU IN FALL 2021
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