DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY "LAZZARO SPALLANZANI"
2nd semester (01/03/2020 - 14/06/2020)
48 lesson hours
Knowledge of basic concepts of molecular biology and biochemistry, as well as protein structure and function. It is expected that students can easily visualize and intepret structural representations of proteins to understand their mechanisms of function.
The course will provide an advanced view on modern strategies for drug development and targeted therapeutics, starting from analysis of drug targets, their structures and functions.
Molecular Pharmacology addresses the study of the molecular mechanisms and biological consequences of the interactions of drugs and other small molecules with biological targets. The course will comprehensively explore the topics of modern molecular pharmacology with a strong focus on the structure-function relationships that enable the specific interactions between drugs and their biological targets. The material covered by this course include: i) modern biophysical and structural approaches to study molecular interactions; ii) basic principles of drug-receptor interactions; iii) principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics; iv) structural biology of drug targets: ion channels, transporters, GPCRs, kinases, RTKs, signaling complexes, transcription factors, nuclear receptors, enzymes and mediators of inflammation, with examples of interacting drugs as tools to achieve knowledge of cell macromolecular structure and function; v) mechanism of action of various drugs commonly used in clinical practice; vi) drug discovery, development, optimization, structure-based drug design, structural vaccinology; vii) protein engineering, biotechnological drugs (recombinant proteins, drug delivery reagents, antibodies as therapeutics), and strategies to overcome the possible drawbacks associated with their usage; viii) pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics; ix) gene therapy and gene editing.
Reccomended or required readings
Bertram G. Katzung, Susan B. Masters, Anthony J. Trevor. Basic and clinical pharmacology, 13th Edition. (ed. McGraw-Hill)
John Dickenson, Fiona Freeman, Chris Lloyd Mills, Christian Thode, Shiva Sivasubramaniam. Molecular Pharmacology: From DNA to Drug Discovery. (ed. Wiley)
Oral exam with open questions on course topics
The books will be integrated with slides from various structural biology, biochemistry and pharmacology books, and recent literature. Slides will be available only after lectures.
Sustainable development goals - Agenda 2030