Origins of life

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 277–292 | Cite as

Facilitated diffusion as a method for selective accumulation of materials from the primordial oceans by a lipid-vesicle protocell

  • William Stillwell


A model is proposed for the selective accumulation of amino acids, sugars, nucleotides, cations and protons from the primordial oceans into a lipid vesicle type of protocell. The model is built on facilitated diffusion using simple, primordial, lipid-soluble carriers. The advantages a lipid vesicle protocell would have had over the other potential types of protocells are discussed.


Lipid Sugar Nucleotide Organic Chemistry Geochemistry 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William Stillwell
    • 1
  1. 1.Biology Department, Indiana UniversityPurdue University at IndianapolisIndianapolisUSA

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