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222.644.01 Nutritional Biochemistry

International Health
2nd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
  • Luigi De Luca

Students learn biochemical processes, such as DNA, RNA and protein synthesis with particular emphasis on the function of essential nutrients in these processes. Covers nutritionally important aspects of carbohydrate and fat metabolism, mineral and vitamin function, and introduces essential concepts of molecular biology, such as PCR reactions and nucleic acid restriction enzymes and their use in biochemistry and molecular biology. Also includes concepts of gene knockin and knockout and their consequences. These are compared to the consequences of nutrient deficiency and excess to give the nutrition student a full appreciation of the relevance of nutritional biochemistry studies and approaches to those of molecular biology. Emphasizes the importance of nutritional management and prevention of different diseases like cardiovascular, obesity, osteoporosis, etc. Also teaches the important interplay between essential nutrients and the synthesis of various hormones.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the most important biochemical processes, such as DNA, RNA and protein synthesis
  2. Describe the role that different essential nutrients play in these and other life processes in higher organism with special emphasis on the human organism
  3. Discuss fundamental processes that permit the maintenance or nutrient homeostasis in higher organisms
  4. discuss how essential nutrients govern the utilization of other nutrients and how they may control hormone synthesis and function
  5. Discuss pathological observations in the field on the basis of our instructions on essential nutrient deficiency manifestations
Methods of Assessment:

Attendance and class participation 45%, mid-term and final exam 55%.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required