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Course, academic year 2019/2020
Modern instrumental methods of strucutral biology - M320023
Title: Moderní instrumentální metody strukturní biologie
Guaranteed by: Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology (320)
Faculty: Faculty of Food and Biochemical Technology
Actual: from 2019 to 2022
Semester: winter
Points: winter s.:3
E-Credits: winter s.:3
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:0/3, MC [HT]
Capacity: unknown / unlimited (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: Czech
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Guarantor: Hrabal Richard prof. Ing. CSc.
Interchangeability : N320087
Examination dates   Schedule   
This subject contains the following additional online materials
Annotation -
The main goal of the course is to teach students the fundaments of modern instrumental techniques like mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, optical and electron microscopy, surface plasmon resonance and their applications in biochemistry. microbiology and other biological sciences. Introductory lectures cover methods of visualisation of biomolecules, computational methods and work with databases.
Last update: Hrabal Richard (24.01.2018)
Aim of the course -

Students will be able to:

They will get an overview of modern analytical techniques common nowadays in biological sciences. They will learn the fundaments of each method and possible applications in life sciences. They will also be able to process and use experimental data from each instrumental method in their own work.

Last update: Hrabal Richard (24.01.2018)
Literature -


D: Renaud J.-P.: Structural Biology in Drug Discovery, 2020, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN: 9781118681015 (available via NTK)

D: Spence J.C.H. High-resolution electron microscopy. 2013, 4th. ed. Oxford University Press, ISBN: 0199668639 (available via NTK)

Last update: Spiwok Vojtěch (10.08.2023)
Learning resources -

Computing methods:


Last update: Spiwok Vojtěch (09.08.2023)
Syllabus -

1. Structural databases, basic operations with biomolecular structures, molecular electrostatics

2. Prediction of protein structures, docking, virtual screening

3. Molecular mechanics, QM/MM, molecular dynamics, protein folding

4. Bases of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, (NMR), chemical shift, coupling constant, instrumental equipment

5. Technology of structure determination of proteins and their complexes, study of dynamical behavior. Practical examples of using NMR

6. Introduction to X-ray crystallography, crystal preparation

7. Diffraction theory, collection of diffraction data, phase problem, structure determination. Model construction, structure validation

8. Principles and basic techniques of electron microscopy, TEM, SEM and their using in biological sciences

9. Atomic force microscopy AFM, scanning probe microscopy SPM, scanning tunneling microscopy STM

10. Introduction to protein mass spectrometry, ionizations techniques, detectors, fragmentation techniques

11. Applications of MS in biological sciences (molecular mass determination, protein identification, sequential analysis…. Practical examples of using MS)

12. Optical microscopy

13. Superresolution microscopy

14. Surface plasmon resonance

Last update: Hrabal Richard (19.01.2018)
Registration requirements -

Students should have basic knowledge of mathematics, physics and chemistry, especially biochemistry and instrumental analysis.

Last update: Ulbrich Pavel (23.01.2018)
Course completion requirements -

To pass the exam the students have to complete successfuly a written test. There is an option to improve the final grade by an oral exam.

Last update: Hrabal Richard (26.01.2018)
Teaching methods
Activity Credits Hours
Konzultace s vyučujícími 0.2 5
Účast na přednáškách 1.5 42
Příprava na přednášky, semináře, laboratoře, exkurzi nebo praxi 0.2 5
Příprava na zkoušku a její absolvování 1.1 30
3 / 3 82 / 84
Coursework assessment
Form Significance
Examination test 75
Oral examination 25