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Bioinorganic Chemistry

This course will teach you the important role that metal ions play in key biological processes. You will learn that many biological functions are performed at the cellular level by metal ions that are incorporated into the activation sites of proteins and enzymes. For example, when oxygen is transported through blood in the human body, it is bound to iron ions that are incorporated into the hemoglobin protein. In order to function properly, these iron ions must be high-spin and in their +2 ox...

Topics: Biology, Chemistry
Cost: Free

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This course will teach you the important role that metal ions play in key biological processes. You will learn that many biological functions are performed at the cellular level by metal ions that are incorporated into the activation sites of proteins and enzymes. For example, when oxygen is transported through blood in the human body, it is bound to iron ions that are incorporated into the hemoglobin protein. In order to function properly, these iron ions must be high-spin and in their +2 oxidation state. As you progress through this course, you will learn about these and other requirements and mechanisms that must be present in order to facilitate critical biological functions.You will begin this course by reviewing the basic principles of inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, and molecular biology. Following a brief overview of the spectroscopy methods that scientists use in the study of metals that contain protein, you will explore the structures of the most relevant metal centers in biological molecules, focusing in particular on non-redox enzymes, electron-transfer copper-based and iron-based proteins, nitrogen-fixation proteins, nitrification and denitrification proteins, and oxygen-transporting proteins.This course will help you to recognize the importance of inorganic molecules in supporting organic biological systems. As you progress through this course, you not only will gain an understanding of some very complex macromolecules that rely on metal centers; you also will gain insight into recent scientific developments that utilize key metal ions for breakthrough medical purposes.

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  • Days of the Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Level of Difficulty: All Levels
  • Size: One-on-One
  • Cost: Free
  • Institution: Saylor
  • Topics: Biology, Chemistry

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About Saylor: The mission of the Saylor Foundation is to make education freely available to all. Guided by the belief that technology has the potential to circumvent barriers that prevent many individuals from participating in traditional schooling models, the Foundation is committed to developing and advancing inventive and effective ways of harnessing technology in order to drive the cost of education down to zero

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