Course Description

410.623 - Molecular & Cellular Physiology

Students in this course gain an understanding of how coordinated regulation of bodily function occurs at the molecular and cellular levels of organization. The focus is on neurons, muscles, and hormones. Specific areas covered for excitable tissue include bioelectric properties of excitable membranes, Hodgkin-Huxley ion currents, voltage-gated ion channels and their structures, synaptic transmission,excitation-contraction coupling, and contractile properties of skeletal, cardiac, and smooth muscle cells. The biotechnological connection is the pharmacological interventions to modulate functioning of excitable tissues. For endocrine physiology, this is an overview of hypothalamic, pituitary, reproductive, and other hormones. The class uses leptin and obesity as a model hormone and pathology, respectively, and examines in detail its action as a putative fat-busting hormone. Prerequisites: 410.6 Biochemistry, 410.602 Molecular Biology, 410.603 Advanced C Biology I.