Metabolic and Physiological Chemistry I University of Tsukuba
The main topics for this course will be photosynthetic energy conversion, primary and secondary carbon metabolism including C3, C4 and CAM metabolisms, photorespiration, and mitochondrial respiration.
To understand how biological events are well organized and how cells protect environmental stresses.
Links up with the academic goal to understand how cellular metabolism is well regulated by learning about various metabolic pathways, energy producing, capturing and storing mechanisms. This will help students to understand how biological events are well organized and how cells protect environmental stresses.
Expected to have successfully completed learning of priciples of biochemistry and plant physiology prior to enrollment in this course.
Homework (80%) and Short reports (20%). Minimum requirement of attendance to lecture (60%)
What's photosynthetic organisms? -Structure and molecular aspects of photosynthetic organs.Evolution of Photosynthesis-photosynthetic energy capturing mechanismPhotosystems and photosynthetic electron transport mechanism I-Photosynthetic pigments (Diversity of photosynthetic pigments and their functions)Photosystems and photosynthetic electron transport mechanism II-Water spriting and oxygen evolution mechanisms (properties of the utilization of water for photosynthesis)Fundamental mechanism of carbon dixide fixation -reactions for synthesizing organic carbon compounds form inorganic compounds.Metablic regulation of the C3 cycle-What's C3 plants?Metabolic regulation II-Advantage and demerit of respective metabolism and strategic adapttion to environmental change.Mechanisms and physiological significance of photorespiration and the C2 cycle-sotisfication of the mechanism of oxygen fixation.Nitrogen, sulfur and phosphate metabolism.Final examination.
Online Course Requirement
This course gives student hints how to learn and shows what are important in metabolism and physiological chemistry. Advanced and up-dated information will be introduced using copies of journals published recently.
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