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Journal of Molecular Evolution

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 333–338 | Cite as

The earliest catabolic pathways

  • Patricia H. Clarke
  • Sidney R. Elsden
Article

Summary

Anaerobic catabolism of amino acids may have provided the main source of energy for primitive microorganisms. Examples are given of amino acid catabolic reactions coupled to substrate level phosphorylations occurring in present-day anaerobes which may be biochemical fossils from a very early stage of the evolution of procaryotes.

Key words

Catabolic pathways Anaerobic life Substrate-level phosphorylation Amino acid catabolism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia H. Clarke
    • 1
  • Sidney R. Elsden
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryUniversity College LondonEngland
  2. 2.School of Biological SciencesUniversity of East AngliaNorwichEngland

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