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Molecular Virology

Course code:

BM027

Teacher:

Marisa GARIGLIO

SSD:

MED/07

Degree program:

Course in Medical Biotechnologies

Year:

I

Semester:

I

Credits

6

Hours

28

Comprehensive course:

Molecular Virology

Academic year:

2014/2015

 

Course objectives

Understanding the interplay between viruses and their host organisms giving to students a view of innate defenses and viral pathogenesis focusing on medically important viruses.

 

Knowledge and skills expectations

The students are expected to know basic virology and fundamentals of molecular and cellular biology.

 

Course program

The course deals with basic virology and virological terminology. The effect of virus infection at organism level is addressed. The focus of the course is on molecular virology, especially on virus replication in the infected cell and the molecular mechanisms of this. A selected set of relevant human viruses, differing in their genome structure (RNA versus DNA, circular versus linear) and in their virion architecture will be discussed, the content of the course being specialised with respect to molecular biology, molecular genetics, recombinational events, virus-host interactions and innate immunity.
The focus is on medically important viruses, such as tumour viruses, hepatitis viruses, HIV and herpesviruses.

 

Practical training

 

 

Optional activities

 

 

Course materials

All the slides of each lesson will be available to the students.

 

Required texbooks / Bibliographic resources

The recommended textbooks are:

  • Brooks “Jawetz, Melnick, & Adelberg's Medical Microbiology”
  • Levinson “Review of Medical Microbiology and Immunology”
  • Ryan “Sherris Medical Microbiology” 


ON ARRIVAL:

  • David M Knipe,Peter Howley“Fields Virology” 6th edition 


Additional material can be found at: http://www.virology.ws/course/

 

Methods of evaluation

6 questions with true or false answer and explanation

An oral exam will be following in order to discuss and complete (if necessary) the written exam.

Notice

Notice for the students of the first year of Master in Medical Biotechnologies

  • Internship notice and form are available for download

  • Three optional basic courses have been activated:
    1. The cell (Prof. FOLLENZI Antonia)
    2. Basic genetics (Prof. GIORDANO Mara)
    3. Background of immunology (Prof. DIANZANI Umberto

    Attendance to these courses is highly suggested.

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