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Issue 59, 2015
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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.

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

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Submitted
20 Apr 2015
Accepted
08 Jun 2015
First published
17 Jun 2015

Chem. Commun., 2015,51, 11787-11790
Article type
Communication

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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