Origins of life and evolution of the biosphere

, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 13–21 | Cite as

Prebiotic Oligomerization on or Inside Lipid Vesicles in Hydrothermal Environments

  • Hideaki Tsukahara
  • Ei-ichi Imai
  • Hajime Honda
  • Kuniyuki Hatori
  • Koichiro Matsuno
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Abstract

Oligomerization of amino acids proceeded on or inside lipid vesicles as a model of prebiotic cells in a simulated hydrothermal environment. When the suspension of lipid vesiclestaking up monomeric glycine underwent a sudden temperature dropby traversing from a hot (180 °C) to a cold (0 °C) region repeatedly while circulating through a closedreaction circuit, oligopeptides up to heptaglycine were formed even in the absence of condensing agents.

glycine hydrothermal vents lipid vesicles oligopeptide prebiotic cells 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hideaki Tsukahara
    • 1
  • Ei-ichi Imai
    • 1
  • Hajime Honda
    • 1
  • Kuniyuki Hatori
    • 1
  • Koichiro Matsuno
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BioEngineeringNagaoka University of TechnologyNagaokaJapan

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