Modern chemistry and biochemistry depends on the ability to make, change and analyse proteins and enzymes. This course focuses on the three-dimensional structures of proteins. It includes (I) the prediction of 3D structures by bioinformatic tools, (II) their analysis by X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy and other techniques (e.g. chemical cross-linking and mass-spectrometry), (III) protein design, (IV) protein dynamics and folding and (V) structure-based drug discovery. The physical basis of the techniques will be discussed in depth. Wherever possible quantitative examples will be given - students will be expected to solve numerical problems. After completion of the course students will be able to view 3D structures of proteins, deduce properties from their structures and make structure-function predictions for mutants. The practicals associated with the course practice all of the steps required for the production of mutant proteins in E. coli in vivo and provide hands-on experience with bioinformatics tools and spectroscopic techniques of analysis.
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1) Capability to make mutant gene constructs, (LO-1)
2) Capability to express proteins in vivo, (LO2)
3) Capability to purify proteins from E. coli, (LO3)
4) Ability to analyse proteins with spectroscopic analysis. (LO4)
5) Detailed understanding of X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy for 3D structure determination of proteins, (LO5)
6) Understanding of structure-activity and dynamics-activity relationships of proteins, (LO6)
7) Ability to use bioinformatics tools for the prediction of protein properties. (LO7)
8) Capability to solve numerical problems associated with each course component. (LO8)
Other InformationYou will need to contact the Research School of Chemistry at email@example.com to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
50% by written exam, (LO 4,5,6 & 8)
50% by weekly assessments of practicals and tutorials (10 in total, 5% each). (LO 1- LO8)
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65 hours of lectures/tutorials/laboratory plus a further 65 hours of independent learning.
This course is taught in intensive mode. Classes run from 27 June to 8 July 2016. The final examination is expected to be held on Friday 22 July 2016.
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Research School of Chemistry to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Recommended: Voet & Voet, Biochemistry (4th Ed.). How Proteins Work. M.P. Williamson.
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- Band 2
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- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|6542||01 Jul 2018||20 Jul 2018||20 Jul 2018||30 Sep 2018||In Person|