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A biointerface effect on the self-assembly of ribonucleic acids: a possible mechanism of RNA polymerisation in the self-replication cycle

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Despite decades of intensive research, many questions remain on the formation and growth of the first cells on Earth. Here, we used computer simulation to compare the self-assembly process of ribonucleic acids in two environments: enclosed in a vesicle-cell membrane and in the bulk. The self-assembly was found to be more favoured in the former environment, and the origin of such a biointerface effect was identified. These results will contribute to a better understanding of the origin of life on the primitive Earth.

Graphical abstract: A biointerface effect on the self-assembly of ribonucleic acids: a possible mechanism of RNA polymerisation in the self-replication cycle

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Submitted
08 Nov 2019
Accepted
16 Feb 2020
First published
18 Feb 2020

Nanoscale, 2020,12, 6691-6698
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A biointerface effect on the self-assembly of ribonucleic acids: a possible mechanism of RNA polymerisation in the self-replication cycle

N. Arai, Y. Kobayashi and K. Yasuoka, Nanoscale, 2020, 12, 6691
DOI: 10.1039/C9NR09537C

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