BIO-611 / 1 credit

Teacher: Constam Daniel

Language: English

Remark: 3-day Block course, every year in January. To register, contact EDMS Administration


Every year


During development, cell fates are governed by multiple microenvironmental cues and their integration by specific signal transduction pathways. This course focuses on imaging of mechanosensory cilia or of molecules implicated in specific signal transduction events during mammalian embryogenesis.


Analysis of RNA-protein interactions by EMSA assays

  •  Preparation, handling and characterization of RNA in vitro:
    - PCR amplification and purification of a template DNA for in vitro transcription
    - In vitro transcription and purification of RNAs
    - Spectrophotometric analysis of purified RNAs
  • Characterization of recombinant protein-RNA complexes in vitro:
    - Electrophoretic Mobility Shift Assay (EMSA) using fluorescently labelled RNA probes
    - Determination of binding affinities by calculation of dissociation constant (Kd)


Please note that you are not allowed to inscribe in your own group!

Note that 3 practical courses are mandatory for all EDMS students and that they have the priority; each course has between 2 to 4 possible slots.

Therefore, please do not register by yourself to this course, this will be done by the EDMS program administrator!


Embryogenesis, cancer, proteases, TGFb signaling, primary cilia, imaging

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

Basics of molecular and cell biology.

Assessment methods

Quiz (multiple choice questions)

In the programs

  • Number of places: 2
  • Exam form: Written (session free)
  • Subject examined: Practical - Constam Lab
  • Lecture: 7 Hour(s)
  • Practical work: 20 Hour(s)
  • Type: mandatory

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