The aim of the course is to furnish the basic knowledge of the structure of the biological macromolecules, focusing on proteins. The most important interactions necessary for their stabilization will be described. In detail, the role of the weak interactions in determining the protein stability and in defining the molecular recognition is explained providing experimental examples. The folding problem is discussed as well as the unfolding and the misfolding processes. Specific examples of molecular recognition are described such as the enzyme-substrate interaction for perfect and not-perfect enzymes and the specificity of the ion channels in selecting the transported ions.
This course does not have any sections.