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Metabolic precursors in astrophysical ice analogs: implications for meteorites and comets

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Abstract

We report the synthesis of complex organic compounds including nicotinic and quinolinic acid, two members involved in the nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) biosynthetic pathway, in irradiated astrophysical ice analogs. If delivered to Earth by meteorites and comets, these compounds may have contributed to the origin and early evolution of life.

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The article was received on 20 Apr 2015, accepted on 08 Jun 2015 and first published on 17 Jun 2015


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC03272E
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2015,51, 11787-11790
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    Metabolic precursors in astrophysical ice analogs: implications for meteorites and comets

    K. E. Smith, P. A. Gerakines and M. P. Callahan, Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 11787
    DOI: 10.1039/C5CC03272E

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