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Issue 13, 2010
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Photo-production of lactate from glyoxylate: how minerals can facilitate energy storage in a prebiotic world

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Abstract

The reaction of glyoxylate with carbon dioxide to produce lactate is promoted when zinc sulfide is irradiated by ultraviolet light. These results, representing a model for the action of colloidal mineral semiconductors on early Earth, complete a consecutive series that culminates in entry-point molecules of the reductive tricarboxylic acid cycle.

Graphical abstract: Photo-production of lactate from glyoxylate: how minerals can facilitate energy storage in a prebiotic world

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Submitted
18 Nov 2009
Accepted
04 Jan 2010
First published
21 Jan 2010

Chem. Commun., 2010,46, 2265-2267
Article type
Communication

Photo-production of lactate from glyoxylate: how minerals can facilitate energy storage in a prebiotic world

M. I. Guzman and S. T. Martin, Chem. Commun., 2010, 46, 2265
DOI: 10.1039/B924179E

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