Physiology of industrial microorganisms

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Physiology of industrial microorganisms - Introduction (2 hours). Methods in physiology of industrial microorganisms (6 hours). Bioenergetics and biomembranes, transport systems (4 hours). Diversity of metabolic pathways - catabolism and anabolism (4 hours). Structure of microbial cells (2 hours). Secondary metabolism: biosynthesis of antibiotics - regulation and function, modular polyketide synthases (2 hours). Global regulatory networks and signal transduction pathways (2 hours). lac operon of Escherichia coli (2 hours). Control of anabolic pathways and macromolecule biosynthesis (1 hours). Cell cycle, vegetative cell cycle, sporulation (2,5 hours). Physiology of lactic acid and acetic acid bacteria, incomplete oxydations and acetogenesis (2,5 hours). Saccharomyces cerevisiae and other yeasts: regulation of transport systems and carbohydrate metabolism (6 hours).


L Lectures 40 hours
Lt Laboratory tutorials 30 hours

Regular and punctual attendance is required at the Lecture and all Laboratory tutorials to get signature.

The examination process includes a written exam and an oral exam.


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