Content – Aim of the course
The cells communicate between them via an enormous variety of extracellular chemical signals. The aim of the course is to describe the structural and biochemical properties of signalling molecules and their regulation, the interaction of signalling proteins of the various levels of signal transduction, to work out the basic principles of cellular communication and describe the interplay of various signalling pathways in central cellular processes like cell cycle regulation, tumorigenesis and apoptosis. The course concentrates on signalling and regulation in animal systems. Plant systems could not be considered and results from lower eukaryotes and prokaryotes are only cited if they are of exemplary character.