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Photocatalytic reversible amination of α-keto acids on a ZnS surface: implications for the prebiotic metabolism

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Abstract

We report the enzyme-like reversible amination of four intermediates pertinent to the reductive tricarboxylic acid cycle on a photo-irradiated surface of mineral sphalerite (ZnS). Given its prevalence in the waters of early Earth, we suggest that the mineral-based photochemistry might have catalyzed the homeostasis of prebiotic metabolic systems.

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Submitted
13 Sep 2011
Accepted
12 Dec 2011
First published
12 Jan 2012

Chem. Commun., 2012,48, 2146-2148
Article type
Communication

Photocatalytic reversible amination of α-keto acids on a ZnS surface: implications for the prebiotic metabolism

W. Wang, Q. Li, B. Yang, X. Liu, Y. Yang and W. Su, Chem. Commun., 2012, 48, 2146
DOI: 10.1039/C2CC15665B

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