PCB 3023 – Essential Cell Biology

PCB 3023 Essential Cell Biology

Credits: 3
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of molecular cell biology in prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems including experimental strategies and methodology. This course provides a strong foundation for Biology and pre-health profession students, and is appropriate for anyone interested in the inner workings of cells. Topics covered include, but are not limited to: biophysical principles of macromolecular assembly, membrane and protein trafficking, the cytoskeleton and cell movement, cell signaling mechanisms, and the cell cycle.
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Fluorescent image of fibroblasts grown in vitro. Image shows the microtubules (green) and nucleus (red).
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Scanning electron micrograph of the surface of a leaf showing distorted epidermal hairs on an Arabidopsis plant that carries a mutation in a subunit of the WAVE/Scar complex. This conserved protein complex regulates the Arp2/3 complex, which initiates the polymerization of actin monomers into actin filaments in cells.

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