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Did Solid Surfaces Enable the Origin of Life?

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Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, 0318 Oslo, Norway
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Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo, 0315 Oslo, Norway
Academic Editors: Michele Fiore, Emiliano Altamura, Addy Pross and David A. Baum
Life 2021, 11(8), 795; https://doi.org/10.3390/life11080795
Received: 24 May 2021 / Revised: 26 July 2021 / Accepted: 28 July 2021 / Published: 5 August 2021
In this perspective article, I discuss whether and how solid surfaces could have played a key role in the formation of membranous primitive cells on the early Earth. I argue why surface energy could have been used by prebiotic amphiphile assemblies for unique morphological transformations, and present recent experimental findings showing the surface-dependent formation and behavior of sophisticated lipid membrane structures. Finally, I discuss the possible unique contributions of such surface-adhered architectures to the transition from prebiotic matter to living systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: protocell; compartment; solid interface; lipid; origin of life protocell; compartment; solid interface; lipid; origin of life
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