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Prebiotic microreactors: A synthesis of purines and dihydroxy compounds in aqueous aerosol

AuthorsRuiz Bermejo, Marta ; Menor-Salván, César ; Osuna-Esteban, Susana ; Veintemillas-Verdaguer, S.
KeywordsPrebiotic chemistry
Prebiotic environments
Aerosol chemistry
Purine bases
Amino acids
Issue DateApr-2007
CitationOrigins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere 37(2): 123-142 (2007)
AbstractWe report the synthesis of purine bases and other heterocycles and the formation of amino acids, hydroxy acids and dihydroxy compounds by the spark activation of an atmosphere of methane, nitrogen and hydrogen, in the presence of an aqueous aerosol. With the aid of the interface air–water, the organic material obtained shows greater amounts and diversity of molecules with biological interest than the products obtained in the absence of an aerosol. Our results support the suggestion that aerosols may have played a significant role in the prebiotic origin of molecular diversity and evolution.
Description20 pages, 9 figures, 3 tables, 1 appendix.-- Published online: 29 Nov. 2006.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11084-006-9026-5
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