Biochemistry for sport (2016/2017)

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Marta Palmieri
Marta Palmieri
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I semestre dal Oct 3, 2016 al Jan 27, 2017.

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I semestre

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Learning outcomes

The course will consider the knowledge of the biochemical processes implicated in muscle cell functioning in a vision that integrates the entire organism. The student will learn to correlate the thermodynamic and kinetic features of the biochemical reactions belonging to the metabolism, including their enzymatic regulation, with the physiological responses to exercise in the absence or presence of training.


Kinetic structure of the biochemical pathways: principles of the metabolic control of enzymes involved in the production of energy during physical exercise; equilibrium reactions and non equilibrium reactions, flux generating reactions, direction of a metabolic pathway; enzymes catalyzing flux generating reactions, the lactate dehydrogenase as an example.
Metabolic activity of the skeletal muscle: aerobic metabolism, alactic and lactic metabolism during the physical exercise; phosphocreatine and lactate; Cori Cycle; the cycle of purine nucleotides; the glucose-alanine cycle.
Lactate: the revolution on lactate knowledge.
Metabolism of carbohydrates: the effects on exercise and training in skeletal muscle.
Metabolism of amino-acids and proteins: the effects on exercise and training in skeletal muscle.
Metabolism of lipids: the effects on exercise and training in skeletal muscle.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
MacLaren/Morton Biochemistry for sport and exercise metabolism 2011
Peter Tiidus, A. Russell Tupling, Michael Houston Biochemistry Primer for Exercise Science-4th Edition 2012
Houston, Michael E. Fondamenti di biochimica dell'esercizio fisico Calzetti Mariucci 2008
David L Nelson, Michael M Cox I principi di biochimica di Lehninger (Edizione 7) Zanichelli 2018 9788808920690

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