Cells, from Organelles to Organs

Norm Curthoys
Email: Norman.Curthoys@colostate.edu


The human body contains approximately 3.7 x 1013 eukaryotic cells and a microbiome containing about 1014 bacteria. The eukaryotic cells share similar sub-cellular compartments called organelles, which include the nucleus, mitochondria, endoplasmic reticulum (ER), Golgi, and lysosomes. All of our human cells are derived from a single fertilized egg that has differentiated to form multiple cells types, which impart distinct functions to our various organs. This course will discuss the general properties of cells, the functions of individual organelles, and how cells divide and develop their unique characteristics. It will also discuss how differentiated cells organize and impart specific functions to organs such as the liver, kidney, gut, and brain.

INSTRUCTOR: Norm Curthoys received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and conducted basic biomedical research with over 40 years of continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health. During this time, he also taught biochemistry to undergraduate, graduate and medical students.

Links to Videos

Cell Structure:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URUJD5NEXC8

DNA Replication:  https://youtu.be/TNKWgcFPHqw

From DNA to Protein:  https://youtu.be/gG7uCskUOrA

Cell Membranes:  https://w ww.youtube.com/watch?v=nsklF1w4eok

Mitosis – Cell Division:  https://youtu.be/NR0mdDJMHIQ

Powerpoint Presentations

Lecture 1A: Cells-Common properties
Lecture 1B: Cells-Unique properties
Lecture 2A: From DNA to protein
Lecture 2B: From Lipids to membranes
Lecture 3A: Nucleus

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