Prebiotic carbohydrates and their derivates

O. P. Pestunova, A. N. Simonov, V. N. Snytnikov, Valentin N. Parmon

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The most significant experimental results on the putative synthesis of various carbohydrates and their derivates from simple substrates in plausible prebiotic conditions are summarized and discussed. The synthesis of monosaccharides from formaldehyde and lower carbohydrates (glycolaldehyde, glyceraldehyde, dihydroxyacetone) can be catalyzed by different compounds such as lead, phosphate and borate ions and several natural minerals. Lower carbohydrates can be directly formed in aqueous formaldehyde solutions under the action ofUV-irradiation. The possible role of carbohydrates and their derivates in the chemical evolution and development of presumable abiogenic metabolism is illustrated as well. 

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiosphere Origin and Evolution
EditorsNikolay Dobretsov, Nikolay Kolchanov, Alexey Rozanov, Georgy Zavarzin
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780387686561
ISBN (Print)9780387686554
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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