Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2009, 10(3), 835-843; doi:10.3390/ijms10030835
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Model Protocells from Single-Chain Lipids

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Denver, Denver, CO 80208, USA
Received: 6 February 2009; in revised form: 23 February 2009 / Accepted: 26 February 2009 / Published: 2 March 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Origin of Life)
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Abstract: Significant progress has been made in the construction of laboratory models of protocells. Most frequently the developed vesicle systems utilize single-chain lipids rather than the double-chain lipids typically found in biological membranes. Although single-chain lipids yield less robust vesicles, their dynamic characteristics are highly exploitable for protocellular functions. Herein the advantages of using single-chain lipids in the construction of protocells are discussed.
Keywords: Origin of life; prebiotic; vesicle; synthetic biology; fatty acid

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