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Confinement and Time Immemorial: Prebiotic Synthesis of Nucleotides on a Porous Mineral Nanoreactor

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posted on 19.06.2019, 00:00 by Francisco Rodrigues, Thomas Georgelin, Guillaume Gabant, Baptiste Rigaud, Fabrice Gaslain, Guanzheng Zhuang, Maria Gardênnia da Fonseca, Valentin Valtchev, David Touboul, Maguy Jaber
We report the successful one-pot synthesis of adenosine mono-, di-, and triphosphate in the confined space of a mordenite zeolite. This is also the first report of ATP synthesized onto a porous mineral surface. The results revealed a plausible prebiotic route to ribonucleotides and highlighted the contribution of microporous minerals in the origins of life.