Signal Transduction


Official data in SubjectManager for the following academic year: 2023-2024

Course director

Number of hours/semester

lectures: 24 hours

practices: 0 hours

seminars: 0 hours

total of: 24 hours

Subject data

  • Code of subject: OAF-JAV-T
  • 2 kredit
  • General Medicine
  • Optional modul
  • spring


Course headcount limitations

min. 5 – max. 20

Available as Campus course for 10 fő számára. Campus-karok: ÁOK TTK


Novel antibodies against receptors, protein kinase inhibitors, and antisense oligonucleotides targeting both signal transduction and gene expression will predominate the therapeutic approaches in the coming decades. The course focus on the therapeutic potential for targeting cell signaling mechanisms with particular attention to cancer therapies and inflammatory signaling pathways as well as immunomodulation. General concepts of inter-and intracellular signal transduction: receptor-mediated signal transduction, cell surface receptors, steroid hormone and nuclear receptors and their cytoplasmic signal transduction and nuclear responses, apoptotic cell signaling will be discussed together with the novel approaches to drug discovery in signal transduction.


  • 1. Introduction, overlap with other disciplines. - Dr. Boldizsár Ferenc
  • 2. Overview of extracellular signaling. - Dr. Boldizsár Ferenc
  • 3. Families of extracellular receptors. - Dr. Boldizsár Ferenc
  • 4. Second messengers (cAMP). - Dr. Boldizsár Ferenc
  • 5. Receptor tyrosine kinases. - Dr. Boldizsár Ferenc
  • 6. The Ca2+ signal. - Dr. Boldizsár Ferenc
  • 7. Transcription factors. - Dr. Boldizsár Ferenc
  • 8. T cell activation and signaling. - Dr. Boldizsár Ferenc
  • 9. Signaling in the specific immune system: B cell signaling. - Dr. Boldizsár Ferenc
  • 10. Cytokine/chemokine signaling - Dr. Boldizsár Ferenc
  • 11. Receptors with intrinsic enzymatic activity (insulin, growth factors). - Dr. Boldizsár Ferenc
  • 12. G-protein-linked receptors (epinephrine, serotonin, glucagon). - Dr. Olasz Katalin Eszter
  • 13. Signaling in tumor cells (EGF-R, Her-2R, adhesion molecules). - Dr. Boldizsár Ferenc
  • 14. Intracellular/nuclear receptor signaling (steroid hormones and thyroxin). - Dr. Boldizsár Ferenc
  • 15. Non-genomic steroid hormone signaling pathways. Receptor interactions, signaling cross-talk. - Dr. Boldizsár Ferenc
  • 16. Apotosis signaling. - Dr. Boldizsár Ferenc
  • 17. Fc gamma Receptor signaling - Dr. Berki Timea
  • 18. Fc epsilon Receptor signaling - Dr. Berki Timea
  • 19. Signaling in the innate immune system: CR signaling. - Dr. Olasz Katalin Eszter
  • 20. Signaling in the innate immune system: TLR signaling. - Dr. Olasz Katalin Eszter
  • 21. Signaling in the nervous system (Neurotransmitters). - Dr. Olasz Katalin Eszter
  • 22. Ion channels. (Acetylcholine) - Dr. Olasz Katalin Eszter
  • 23. Wnt receptor signaling. - Dr. Boldizsár Ferenc
  • 24. Pharmacological influence of the signaling. - Dr. Boldizsár Ferenc



Reading material

Obligatory literature

2. Gutkind, J. Silvio (ed.): Signal Transduction and Human Disease, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Literature developed by the Department


1. Gerhard Krauss: Biochemistry of Signal Transduction and Regulation, Finkel, Toren (ed.), Wiley

Recommended literature

Frederick Marcus: Bioinformatics and Systems Biology: Collaborative Research and Resources, Springer, 2008

Conditions for acceptance of the semester

Maximum of 25 % absence allowed

Mid-term exams

During the lectures online testing will be performed and the evaluation will be based on these results.

Making up for missed classes


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