2023-2024 / BIOC0003-2

Biochemistry and physiology of the micro-organisms


15h Th

Number of credits

 Master in bio-informatics and modelling (120 ECTS)2 crédits 
 Master in biochemistry and molecular and cell biology (120 ECTS)2 crédits 


Jean-Denis Docquier

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course consists of three subjects: the biosynthesis of peptidoglycan, the export of proteins in bacteria and bacterial cell division. The subject of peptidoglycan biosynthesis will address the evolution of active serine enzymes recognizing penicillin, the role of the cytoskeleton in bacterial cell division, cell penicillin stress and its involvement in beta-lactamase induction, mechanisms of antibiotic resistance, strategies to elaborate new antibacterial agents and catalysis carried out by glycosyltransferases.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Using selected examples, the course objectives are to show the diversity of the bacterial world and its physiology.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

A general bacteriology course.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lessons will be given during the second semester

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Blended learning

Additional information:

This course concerns only students who attended it but didn't pass the exam during the academic year 2022-2023. From 2023-2024, there will be no face-to-face lectures. Slides and notes will be available on eCampus and questions/answers sessions will be organized on request.

Recommended or required readings

Power-point presentations and related scientific articles will be available for students.

Any session :

- In-person

oral exam

- Remote

oral exam

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred in-person

Additional information:

Oral examination

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course



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