Table of Contents

Part 1. Physico-chemical Principles.
Formation of Primordial Bioorganic Molecules.
Hidden Aspects of Chirality.
RNAs and Their Constituents.
Proteins and Their Constituents.
Membranes.
Compounds Required for Life Part 2. Scenarios of Ancient Worlds.
The RNA World: RNA as a First Genetic System.
Peptide and Protein Worlds.
Combination of Ribozymes with Peptides: The Evolving RNA Peptide World.
The Precellular World of Viruses.
Combinations of Different Worlds.
The Iron Sulfide World of Protometabolism.
The Evolution of the Genetic Code. This book presents the fascinating formation of the first simple bioorganic molecules and describes the hidden aspects of chiral compounds, which raise questions on the molecular beginnings of life. The occurrences of extraterrestrial, non-standard amino acids in meteorites are dealt with in detail, as well as their subsequent transfer to proteinogenic amino acids. The concept of asymmetric organo-catalysis for the synthesis of carbohydrates and ribonucleosides are considered. The notion of a single amino acid that functions as an enzyme is developed. Attempts to simulate ancient world scenari.
This book presents the fascinating formation of the first simple bioorganic molecules and describes the hidden aspects of chiral compounds, which raise questions on the molecular beginnings of life. The occurrences of extraterrestrial, non-standard amino acids in meteorites are dealt with in detail, as well as their subsequent transfer to proteinogenic amino acids. The concept of asymmetric organo-catalysis for the synthesis of carbohydrates and ribonucleosides are considered. The notion of a single amino acid that functions as an enzyme is developed. Attempts to simulate ancient world scenari.
Flügel, Rolf M
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Springer
2011
9783642169779
9783642169762
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