Metabolic biochemistry - courses and labs

lchm1371b  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Metabolic biochemistry - courses and labs
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
4 credits
30.0 h + 15.0 h
Page Melissa; Soumillion Patrice;

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
Main themes to cover : Introduction to metabolism Bioenergetics Biochemical transport phenomenon Main metabolic ways : Glycolysis and hexose catabolism Metabolism of glycogen and glyconeogenesis Oxidation of fatty acids and biosynthesis of lipids Krebs cycle Electron transport, oxidative phosphorylation Metabolism of amino acids, nucleotides and linked molecules. Main ways of regulation. The exercises are divided into two complementary parts : One, followed in the case of CHIM BAC, consists of practical work on a specific question in biochemistry. The other, for all, consists of preparing, presenting and discussing, in groups, a question linked to a biochemical problem, but voluntarily carrying onto other disciplines of life sciences.
Bioenergetic principles; carbohydrate metabolism (glycolysis, fermentation, phosphogluconate pathway, gluconeogenesis and glycogenogenesis); Krebs cycle and glyoxylate; respiratory chain and oxidative phosphorylation; photosynthesis; oxidation and biosynthesis of lipids; urea cycle; synthesis and degradation of amino acids and other important nitrogen compounds; nucleotide metabolism.
Instruction will take place in english.
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

The skills targeted by the course will be developed using lectures. Students will give a presentation on a topic to choose from a list of topics proposed by teachers. Laboratory sessions for chemistry students are not part of Part A for students in biology and veterinary science.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Written exam including questions requiring precise / short answers, theoretical developments or problem solving. The student presentations are also part of the overall assessment as well as the laboratory sessions (except part A).
Online resources
Slideshows are available via the moodle platform
  • Lehninger Principles of biochemistry 7th edition
  • Voet & Voet Biochemistry 4th Edition
Le cours ne fait appel à aucun support particulier qui serait payant et jugé obligatoire. Les manuels ci-dessus sont recommandés (mais pas obligatoires) sur une base facultative pour un apprentissage plus approfondi
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Biology