Plausible Origins of Homochirality in the Amino Acid Catalyzed Neogenesis of Carbohydrates

Department of Organic Chemistry, Arrhenius Laboratory, Stockholm University, Sweden.
Chemical Communications (Impact Factor: 6.83). 05/2005; 36(15):2047-9. DOI: 10.1039/b500589b
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The intrinsic ability of amino acids to catalyze the asymmetric formation of carbohydrates, which enzymes have mediated for millions of years, with significant amplification of enantiomeric excess suggests a plausible ancient catalytic process for the evolution of homochirality.

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