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Humans as a Symbiotic System

Code: 184163
ECTS: 3.0
Lecturers in charge: prof. dr. sc. Goran Kovačević - Lectures
v. pred. dr. sc. Damir Sirovina - Lectures
prof. dr. sc. Jasna Hrenović - Lectures
Lecturers: prof. dr. sc. Goran Kovačević - Seminar
v. pred. dr. sc. Damir Sirovina - Seminar

prof. dr. sc. Jasna Hrenović - Practicum
Martina Ivšić, mag. oecol. - Practicum
prof. dr. sc. Goran Kovačević - Practicum
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1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 15
Practicum 15
Seminar 15
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
Description:
To introduce students to the basic principles and mechanisms of symbiosis. To give an overview of symbiosis and its application to the human model. To point out the importance of symbiosis in modern science and everyday life. To understand the significance of principles and possibilites, trial and error in symbiosis assembly. To explain the role of symbiotic processses in formation of biodiversity. To explain all the aspects of humans as a symbiotic system. To show the practical application of knowledge and experimental work in the field of humans as a symbiotic system.

OUTCOMES:
Application of gained knowledge in further eduacation and work.
To describe the aspects of scientific cooperation and mobility from the field of symbiosis.
To explain the mechanisms and facts in symbiosis assembly.
To apply the knowledge on interactions in humans as a symbitoic system in scientific work and everyday life.
To analyze scientific, field and popular articles from the field of symbiosis.
To recognize the evolutionary principles in humans as a symbiotic system.


COURSE CONTENT:
LECTURES
(1-5): Introduction to symbiosis; Examples and models of symbiosis; Symbiosis as a driver of evolutionary processes; Interactions in symbiosis; Symbiosis in the modern world.
(6-10): Holobiont principle; The effect of symbionts on human health; Effect of symbionts in micronutrient absorption; Application of probiotics in weight regulation; Probiotics in the diet of athletes
(11-15): Parasitism and symbiosis; Mutualists in the symbiotic system of man; Carriers of probiotics in the human symbiotic system, Human physiological flora

SEMINAR
(1-5): Availability, selection and search of scientific, professional and popular literature in the field of symbiosis; Study programs and scientific and professional conferences related to the issue of symbiosis
(6-10): Environmental factors in the human symbiotic system; Advantages and disadvantages of symbiosis; Symbiont competition; Vulnerability and protection of mutualists in the human symbiotic system; Lifestyle and habits as prerequisites for symbiosis
(11-15): Preparation of seminars and teaching tasks according to selected examples and models of symbiosis

PRACTICAL COURSE
Exercises (1-5): Models of symbiosis; Isolation of symbiotic partners in the host-endosymbiont system; Growth of symbionts in stable cultures; Significance of symbiosis in evolution and toxicology; Symbiosis reconstruction
Exercises (6-10): Isolation of symbionts from the mouth; Isolation of symbionts from wastewater
Exercises (11-15): Immobilization of symbiotic bacteria on carriers; Survival of symbionts in acidic pH
Literature:
  1. Schaible, U. E., Haas, A. (ur.): Intracellular Niches of Microbes - A Patogens Guide through the Host Cell
  2. Kovačević, G.: Praktikumski priručnik Simbioza hidre i alge
  3. Roberto Antolović, Jadranka Frece, Ivana Gobin, Jasna Hrenović, Blaženka Kos, Ksenija Markov, Emilija Mlinarić-Missoni, Jasna Novak, Mateja Ožanič, Ljiljana Pinter, Vanda Plečko, Sanja Pleško, Marina Šantić, Maja Ševgić Klarić, Martina Šeruga Musić et al.: Priručnik za vježbe iz opće mikrobiologije. Hrvatsko mikrobiološko društvo, Zagreb, p. 172.
3. semester
Izborni predmeti - Biologija čovjeka - Regular study - Molecular Biology
Consultations schedule:
  • prof. dr. sc. Goran Kovačević:

    After each lecture and seminar and upon e-mail contact.

    Location:
  • prof. dr. sc. Goran Kovačević:

    After each lecture and seminar and upon e-mail contact.

    Location: