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Model Protocells from Single-Chain Lipids

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Denver, Denver, CO 80208, USA
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2009, 10(3), 835-843; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms10030835
Received: 6 February 2009 / Revised: 23 February 2009 / Accepted: 26 February 2009 / Published: 2 March 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Origin of Life)
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: Origin of life; prebiotic; vesicle; synthetic biology; fatty acid Origin of life; prebiotic; vesicle; synthetic biology; fatty acid
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Mansy, S.S. Model Protocells from Single-Chain Lipids. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2009, 10, 835-843.

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