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Chem Commun (Camb). 2005 Apr 21;(15):2047-9. Epub 2005 Mar 1.

Plausible origins of homochirality in the amino acid catalyzed neogenesis of carbohydrates.

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  • 1Department of Organic Chemistry, Arrhenius Laboratory, Stockholm University, Sweden. acordova1a@netscape.net

Abstract

The intrinsic ability of amino acids to catalyze the asymmetric formation of carbohydrates, which enzymes have mediated for millions of years, with significant amplification of enantiomeric excess suggests a plausible ancient catalytic process for the evolution of homochirality.

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