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Potential Role of Inorganic Confined Environments in Prebiotic Phosphorylation

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Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire (CBM), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Rue Charles Sadron, 45071 Orléans, France
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Laboratoire d’Archelologie Moléculaire et Structurale, Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Paris 06, CNRS UMR 8220, 4 place Jussieu, F-75005 Paris, France
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School of Chemistry, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
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Laboratoire de Réactivité de Surface, Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Paris 06, CNRS UMR 7197, 4 place Jussieu, F-75005 Paris, France
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Received: 6 November 2017 / Revised: 25 January 2018 / Accepted: 28 February 2018 / Published: 5 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Phosphorus (P) and the Origins of Life)
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Abstract

A concise outlook on the potential role of confinement in phosphorylation and phosphate condensation pertaining to prebiotic chemistry is presented. Inorganic confinement is a relatively uncharted domain in studies concerning prebiotic chemistry, and even more so in terms of experimentation. However, molecular crowding within confined dimensions is central to the functioning of contemporary biology. There are numerous advantages to confined environments and an attempt to highlight this fact, within this article, has been undertaken, keeping in context the limitations of aqueous phase chemistry in phosphorylation and, to a certain extent, traditional approaches in prebiotic chemistry. View Full-Text
Keywords: nanoscopic confinement; prebiotic chemistry; phosphorylation; hydrogels; interface nanoscopic confinement; prebiotic chemistry; phosphorylation; hydrogels; interface
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Dass, A.V.; Jaber, M.; Brack, A.; Foucher, F.; Kee, T.P.; Georgelin, T.; Westall, F. Potential Role of Inorganic Confined Environments in Prebiotic Phosphorylation. Life 2018, 8, 7.

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