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Cell signalling

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This free course, Cell signalling, explains the general principles of signal transduction and specifically, how even the simplest organisms can detect and respond to events in their ever-changing environment.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • define and use each of the terms printed in bold in the text
  • understand the basic principles of signal transduction mechanisms, in particular the concepts of response specificity, signal amplitude and duration, signal integration and intracellular location
  • give examples of different types of extracellular signals and receptors, and explain their functional significance
  • describe the mechanisms by which different receptors may be activated by their respective ligands
  • describe and give examples of the structure and properties of the major components of signal transduction pathways.

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