Bioorganic Chemistry

At the end of the course and after passing the exam, the student will have acquired the knowledge and skills in the areas listed below. In general, the student will be able to describe the structure and reactivity of the main functional groups of organic compounds and in particular of those present in biological molecules. On the basis of the knowledge acquired, the student will be able to predict, based on the chemical structure of organic compounds, their reactivity and describe the reaction mechanisms in which the compounds are involved, both in application of the most common organic chemistry methodologies, as well as with a direct correlation to examples of biochemical mechanisms in which the same reactions are catalysed by enzymatic processes. In the future, the student will be able to rely on the knowledge and skills just described for the understanding and interpretation, on an organic chemistry point of view, of the main biochemical processes involved in all areas of biochemistry and other disciplines.

The student will be able to describe the structure of a collection of enzymes, representative of the main reaction mechanisms of bio-organic chemistry and enzymatic classes, using programs for visualization and interactive analysis of biological macromolecules. The student will be able to predict, on the basis of the structure of the active sites of the representative enzymes, their mechanism of action and acceleration of the reaction rate, using the main experimental kinetic investigation methods.