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Formation of amino acids from reactor-irradiated ammonium acetate

Abstract

Ammonium acetate in various conditions was irradiated in a reactor to examine the contributions of both the reactor radiations and recoiled14C nucleis to form the biologically interesting molecules. Present investigations demonstrated that several amino acids, glycine, alanine, β-alanine and GABA, and may-be aspartic acid, serine and valine by prolonged irradiation, were formed in the aqueous solutions of ammonium acetate.14C-radioactivities were also found distributed in these amino acids. However, no special relationship between14C-radioactivity and these amino acids formed was observed.

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Akaboshi, M., Kawai, K., Maki, H. et al. Formation of amino acids from reactor-irradiated ammonium acetate. Origins Life Evol Biosphere 12, 339–345 (1982). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00927065

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Keywords

  • Radiation
  • Acetate
  • Ammonium
  • Aqueous Solution
  • Organic Chemistry