Learning outcomes of the course unit
The objective of this course is to give students notions on the origin of cell stemness and specifically of the pluripotency. At the end of the course, students will be able to discuss critically the molecular bases of cell differentiation during preimplantation development.
Course contents summary
Stem cells origin and differentiation. The development o Organs and Systems
Embryonic development. The stages of development. Differentiation and growth
Morphological aspects of development. The week of development. II week of development. III week of development. IV week of development. II-III months of development. II-III trimester of development. Genetics of morphogenesis
Development of major organ systems and organs
Biological aspects of development. The factors of development. The microenvironment. The induction. The determination. the differentiation
TW Sadler - Embriologia Medica di Langmann, Casa Editrice Elsevier
Renato Scandroglio - L'uomo come sistema, un percorso di citologia, embriologia, istologia. - IV edizione - EdiMago, PARMA
The students will be given articles that expand the specific theme described during the lessons together with the slides used by the teacher.
Before each new lesson, the teacher will first summarise then check whether the previous topics have been well understood through an interactive discussion with the students.
Assessment methods and criteria
There will be a final oral exam embedded with the exam of histology, during which the student wil be asked three questions on topics discussed during the course. Not only will be evaluated the understanding of a specific topic valued, but also the capacity of the student to trace, using the appropriate language, those links necessary to the understanding of the biological phenomenon described.