Course code Biol5009

Credit points 2

Human Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures26

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes6

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation12.11.2011

Responsible UnitFaculty of Food Technology

Course abstract

The aim of course is to give knowledge about static biochemistry, enzymology, metabolism and elements of molecular biology. The tasks of present course are to master basics topics on static biochemistry; proteins, lipids, sugars, nucleic acids, fundamentals of enzymology with elements of enzyme kinetics, bioenergetics and common metabolic pathways as well intermediary aspects of sugar, lipid and amino acid metabolism, basic of molecular biology, gene structure, gene expression, principles of regulation of metabolism.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Result of course is getting of basic knowledge, skills and competence in biochemistry and molecular biology. This knowledge is essential for professional studies of the following Nutrition Science courses Clinical nutrition, Metabolic syndrome, Obesity and its treatment. Students will have knowledge about basics of molecular biology, skills in the general conceptions of biochemistry and competence about relations between nutrition and metabolism.

Compulsory reading

1. L.Stryer. Biochemistry. Freeman, 1995. 1064 p.
2. Lehninger A.L., et al. Lehninger principles of biochemistry. New York: Freeman, 2005. 1119 p.
3. Vigants A. Cilvēka bioloģija un molekulārā bioloģija. Rīga: LU Akadēmiskais apgāds, 2008. 122 lpp.
4. Brody T. Nutritional biochemistry. Amsterdam ... [etc.]: Academic Press, 1999. 1006 p.

Further reading

1. Metzler D. Biochemistry. Harcourt Publishers, 2006.
2. Lewin B. Genes. 7nd ed. Oxford University Press Inc., 2006.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Journal of Nutrition Published by American Society for Nutritional Sciences. ISSN (printed): 0022-3166. ISSN (electronic): 1541-6100.
2. The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry Published by Elsevier Science. ISSN: 0955-2863. Pieejams LLU FB datubāzē ScienceDirect
3. The Virtual Library of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology (