Possible Roles of Amphiphilic Molecules in the Origin of Biological Homochirality
AbstractA review. The question of homochirality is an intriguing problem in the field of chemistry, and is deeply related to the origin of life. Though amphiphiles and their supramolecular assembly have attracted less attention compared to biomacromolecules such as RNA and proteins, the lipid world hypothesis sheds new light on the origin of life. This review describes how amphiphilic molecules are possibly involved in the scenario of homochirality. Some prebiotic conditions relevant to amphiphilic molecules will also be described. It could be said that the chiral properties of amphiphilic molecules have various interesting features such as compositional information, spontaneous formation, the ability to exchange components, fission and fusion, adsorption, and permeation. This review aims to clarify the roles of amphiphiles regarding homochirality, and to determine what kinds of physical properties of amphiphilic molecules could have played a role in the scenario of homochirality. View Full-Text
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Suzuki, N.; Itabashi, Y. Possible Roles of Amphiphilic Molecules in the Origin of Biological Homochirality. Symmetry 2019, 11, 966.
Suzuki N, Itabashi Y. Possible Roles of Amphiphilic Molecules in the Origin of Biological Homochirality. Symmetry. 2019; 11(8):966.Chicago/Turabian Style
Suzuki, Nozomu; Itabashi, Yutaka. 2019. "Possible Roles of Amphiphilic Molecules in the Origin of Biological Homochirality." Symmetry 11, no. 8: 966.
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