Origins of life

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 243–254 | Cite as

Primordial transport of sugars and amino acids via Schiff bases

  • William Stillwell
  • Aruna Rau


Experimental support is given for a model concerning the origin of a primordial transport system. The model is based on the facilitated diffusion of amino acids stimulated by aliphatic aldehyde carriers and sugars stimulated by aliphatic amine carriers. The lipid-soluble diffusing species is the Schiff base. The possible role of this simple transport system in the origin of an early protocell is discussed.


Sugar Organic Chemistry Aldehyde Geochemistry Transport System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William Stillwell
    • 1
  • Aruna Rau
    • 1
  1. 1.Biology DepartmentIndiana University-Purdue University at IndianapolisIndianapolisUSA

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