Spring 2022 - MBB 322 D100

Molecular Physiology (3)

Class Number: 2513

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    AQ 3149, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 24, 2022
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    WMC 3260, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    MBB 231, with a minimum grade of C.



Biochemical and molecular aspects of cellular function, interactions and communication including cell cycle, apoptosis, cancer, immune system, neuronal transmission and the signal transduction pathways that integrate them.



  1. Biomembranes Membrane structure, organization, dynamics
  2. Cell signaling I: Molecular switches, second messengers
  3. Cell signaling II: G-protein coupled receptors
  4. Cell signaling III: Nerve cells and Neurotransmitters
  5. Cell signaling IV: Enzyme-coupled receptors, Ras/MAPK
  6. Eukaryotic cell cycle I: Cyclins, Cyclin-dependent kinases
  7. Eukaryotic cell cycle II: Regulatory events  
  8. Eukaryotic cell cycle III
  9. Cell death and apoptosis  
  10. Extracellular matrix, integrins
  11. Cell adhesions, junctions
  12. Cancer I
  13. Cancer II
  14. Cancer III
  15. Stem Cells


  • Exam I 30%
  • Exam II 30%
  • Final Exam 40%



Alberts et al. Molecular Biology of the Cell, 6th edition. 2015. Garland Publishing. 

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