Summer 2021 - MBB 321 D100

Intermediary Metabolism (3)

Class Number: 2731

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 12 – Aug 9, 2021: Mon, Wed, Fri, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    MBB 231, with a minimum grade of C.



The enzymes and intermediates of major catabolic and anabolic pathways. Their regulation and integration in health and disease states.


Lecture Topics:

  1. Review of bioenergetics, reaction mechanisms
  2. Catalysis, enzyme kinetics
  3. Carbohydrates: structure, glycogen metabolism
  4. Carbohydrates: glycolysis, citric acid cycle
  5. Carbohydrates: gluconeogenesis, pentose phosphate pathway
  6. Electron transport, oxidative phosphorylation
  7. Mitochondrial transport systems, lipid structure
  8. Lipids: beta oxidation, fatty acid biosynthesis
  9. Lipids: phospholipid biosynthesis, steroid metabolism
  10. Lipids: eicosanoid metabolism, amino acid metabolism
  11. Amino acids: urea cycle, nitrogen cycle
  12. Nucleotide biosynthesis and catabolism
  13. Metabolic regulation


  • Exam 1 25%
  • Exam 2 25%
  • Exam 3 25%
  • Exam 4 25%


  • Lecture:  blended (synchronous lectures, attendance is not mandatory; recorded and available online for asynchronous viewing)
  • Tutorial: synchronous (attendance is not mandatory)
  • Assessments: synchronous midterm exams (students must take exams during scheduled class time)
  • Final Exam: no final exam



  • Access to high-speed internet 
  • Computer


Nelson and Cox, Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry, 7th edition, 2017. W.H. Freeman & Company.
E-book rental: (Spring 2021)
ISBN: 9781464187957

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Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112).