120.624.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 3 Credit(s)
MW 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Paul Miller
  • Course Learning Objectives

    This course will prepare you to be able to do the following:

    • Understand how exposure to various environmental agents and anti-cancer drugs can lead to modifications of DNA
    • Understand the mechanisms by which DNA repair proteins and enzymes maintain the integrity of the genome
    • Understand how DNA protection and repair systems function in the context of the cell
    • Understand the connections between DNA damage/DNA repair capacity and human disease, particularly cancer
    • This is a Masters/PhD course designed to give the student mastery of the molecular mechanisms that maintain the integrity of DNA structure and information content. The course is taught through lectures, each of which focuses on a particular topic regarding repair of DNA damage. Students will learn about chemical reactions that result in DNA damage, enzyme mechanisms and protein structures of DNA damage repair systems, and how DNA protection and repair systems function in the context of the cell. The course will emphasize connections between DNA damage and human disease, particularly cancer.
  • Course Description
    Examines molecular mechanisms devoted to the preservation of genome integrity in eukaryotic cells. Topics include DNA damage recognition, DNA repair pathways, cell cycle checkpoint mechanisms, the role of p53 in DNA damage responses, the role of ubiquitination and sumoylation in DNA repair, telomere maintenance and DNA repair proteins as targets for therapeutic intervention. Emphasizes the relevance of these mechanisms to human cancer.
  • Intended Audience
    MHS and PhD students interested in the biomedical sciences
  • Methods of Assessment
    Two in-class exams.
  • Prerequisites
    Graduate level molecular biology, and biochemistry or the equivalent.
  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

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