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Primordial transport of sugars and amino acids via Schiff bases

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Experimental support is given for a model concerning the origin of a primordial transport system. The model is based on the facilitated diffusion of amino acids stimulated by aliphatic aldehyde carriers and sugars stimulated by aliphatic amine carriers. The lipid-soluble diffusing species is the Schiff base. The possible role of this simple transport system in the origin of an early protocell is discussed.

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Stillwell, W., Rau, A. Primordial transport of sugars and amino acids via Schiff bases. Origins Life Evol Biosphere 11, 243–254 (1981). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00931390

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