Title

Production of Potentially Prebiotic Condensed Phosphates by Phosphorus Redox Chemistry

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2008

Keywords

origins of life, phosphorus, phosphorylation, prebiotic chemistry, redox chemistry

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.200802145

Abstract

Bringing phosphorus to life: The prebiotic origin of key biomolecules such as RNA and ATP is contingent on a source of condensed phosphates, such as pyrophosphate and triphosphate. Condensed phosphates can be produced at high yields from the oxidation of H-phosphonate or H-phosphinate. Reactive phosphates were likely abundant on the early earth's surface, setting the stage for prebiotic chemistry that led to the evolution of life.

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Citation / Publisher Attribution

Angewandte Chemie International Edition, v. 47, issue 41, p. 7918-7920

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