Humboldt State University ® Department of Chemistry

Richard A. Paselk

Chem 431

Biochemistry

Fall 2008

Lecture Notes: 25 August

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Introduction

Syllabus

Tentative Schedule

Who am I?

How to study:

Notes are key-nearly everything you will need to know I will cover in lecture. So how can you get the most out of your notes?

Don't rely on/be seduced by on-line notes.

Weekly Review on web: Look at Review page on internet for weekly topics and homework suggestions (this will probably be somewhat intermitent).

Course intent - to understand Life at the molecular level:

You will be expected to do some synthesis and problem solving in doing this course.

Biochemistry focuses on a limited range of areas within the manifestation of life, but as we shall see this range is still vast:

  1. The chemical properties and 3-D structures of biomolecules.
  2. The interactions of biomolecules with each other and with inorganic molecules and ions.
  3. The synthesis and degradation of substances by organisms.
  4. Energy use and storage by organisms.
  5. The organization and regulation of biochemical systems.
  6. The molecular mechanisms of the storage, transmission and expression of biological information.

In this course I will focus on these issues in eukaryotes, specifically humans, because I want you to understand a functional system with all of the regulation etc. it requires. We will look at eukaryotes because they involve intracellular compartmentation and humans because I want a system with multiple intercommunicating organs and cell types, and because the human system is probably the best understood eukaryote system.

We will largely ignore biological information (#6 above) since most of you will cover that in your Biology courses, particularly genetics.

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