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Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2018 Dec 3:1535370218816657. doi: 10.1177/1535370218816657. [Epub ahead of print]

Progress in synthesizing protocells.

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CIBIO, University of Trento, Povo 38123, Italy.

Abstract

Advances in the understanding of the biophysics of membranes, the nonenzymatic and enzymatic polymerization of RNA, and in the design of complex chemical reaction networks have led to a new, integrated way of viewing the shared chemistry needed to sustain life. Although a protocell capable of Darwinian evolution has yet to be built, the seemingly disparate pieces are beginning to fit together. At the very least, better cellular mimics are on the horizon that will likely teach us much about the physicochemical underpinnings of cellular life.

KEYWORDS:

Protocell; RNA world; minimal cell; origin of life; peptides; prebiotic chemistry; protometabolism; vesicles

PMID:
30509137
DOI:
10.1177/1535370218816657

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