The course is aimed at giving knowledge on structural organization and morphological diversity of animal eukaryotic cells. During the educational path, students acquire knowledge that allow them to correlate structural features with functional
aspects and understanding of the main chemical properties of the various cellular components and organelles. The study of specialized forms of some structures and cellular compartements allows students to refer to
basic differentiative processes, related to specific histological features. Cytokinetic aspects are analyzed, including also programmed cell death. At the end of the course, the knowledge acquired is apllied, during laboratory activities, to morphological identification and functional analysis of cell structures and organelles.
The course is aimed to provide the knowledge to identify structural and organizative features of the various animal tissues. Moreover, the effects of
differentiation on the acquisition of specific specializations in the different cell population are understood. Cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix
interaction in tissue architectural constitution and function are analyzed. In this view, specific attention to the acquisition of skills for morphofunctional interpretation of subcellular components, at both microscopic and ultrastructural level, is devoted. For this aim, the course also includes pratical activity in laboratory the allows the students to apply theoretical knowledge for staging and examination of histological samples.