Lectures on molecular biology and biochemistry were delivered by a professor from the USA
On September 13-15, within the framework of cooperation programme between sister cities Uzhhorod and Corvallis, UzhNU was visited by Professor Chris Matthews (Chris Mathews), who is among top 50 US biochemists.
He delivered a series of lectures on deoxyribonucleotides, the building blocks of DNA at the Faculty of Biology.
The first lecture (DNA precursors, mutagenesis and cancer) was devoted to the role of DNA nucleotides balance in maintaining the health of the cell and its transformation into cancer cell due to the change of their ratio. Another important point of the lecture was to deliver the information on the role of oncogenes and their induction caused by spontaneous mutation and the role of mutant protein p53 in cancer.
In his second lecture (Ribonucleotide reductase, the most interesting enzyme in the world) American scientist dwelt on the results of research of 3 structurally different classes of ribonucleotide reductases (I-III) having a free radical mechanism of action and need metal and free radicals for the restoration of ribonucleotides. This enzyme is an important target in the treatment of cancer with the inhibitors of ribonucleotide reductase.
The third lecture revealed the role of mitochondrialgenetics oxidative damage in aging.
The lectures given by Professor Chris Matthews on current research in molecular biology and biochemistry extremely interested not only students but also teachers.