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CMB 8344

Course Descriptor: CMB8344 

Course Title: Mechanisms of Hormone Action 

Credits: 2 credits

Grading Scale:  A-F or S/N

Schedule: Fall Semesters for first 7 weeks 

Prerequisites: Course in biochemistry and/or cell biology or permission of course director

Course Coordinator:  Dr. Laura Mauro, Dept. of Animal Science,  

Course Description: The goal of this new course is to introduce the mechanisms of hormone/cytokine action with a focus on the major signal transduction pathways activated by these factors in the regulation of cell growth, differentiation and apoptosis .  The course is designed to present a unique blend of topics incorporating the pharmacology, biochemistry and cell biology of hormone action in the context of relevant physiological systems.   Basic principles will be discussed in lecture format followed by specialized lectures and discussion of primary scientific literature. 

Statement of Objectives:

  • To give students an understanding of how hormones modulate cell function, starting at the level of hormone-receptor interactions and proceeding through the mechanisms of signal propagation to the final regulation of a specific cellular process.
  • To introduce the students to the experimental methodologies used to study these hormone mechanisms through basic lectures and discussion of primary scientific literature.
  • To relate these cellular mechanisms of hormone action to the function of a specific physiological system, emphasizing the relevance of these mechanisms in healthy and diseased states.

Course Assignments: As determined by instructor 

Evaluation Procedures:  Students will be evaluated by one midterm written exam (40%), one oral research paper (40%) and class participation (e.g., questions, discussion of primary literature; 20%).  Grading: > 90% = A; 80-89% = B; 70-79% = C; 60-69% = D; < 60 = F 

Text and Reference Materials: No required texts.  Readings as determined by the instructors. 

Supplementary Information:  This course is crosslisted as AnSc 8344.

Scholastic Dishonesty and Plagiarism:
Students are responsible for knowing the University of Minnesota, Board of Regents' policy on student conduct and scholastic dishonesty:
Scholastic dishonesty as defined in the policy and will be reported to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs: and will result in a grade of "F" or "N" for the entire course.  Plagiarism is an important element of this policy.  It is defined as the presentation of another's writing or ideas as your own.  Serious, intentional plagiarism will result in a grade of "F" or "N" for the entire course.  For more information on this policy and for a helpful discussion of preventing plagiarism, please consult University policies and procedures regarding academic integrity: Students are urged to be careful that they properly attribute and cite others' work in their own writing.  For guidelines for correctly citing sources, go to and click on “Citing Sources”.  In addition, original work is expected in this course.  It is unacceptable to hand in assignments for this course for which you receive credit in another course unless by prior agreement with the instructor.  Building on a line of work begun in another course or leading to a thesis, dissertation, or final project is acceptable.  If you have any questions, consult the instructor.

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