Singularities: Landmarks on the Pathways of Life by Christian de Duve

By Christian de Duve

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The phosphate of AMP is attached to the ribose moiety of the molecule. Other nitrogenous bases similarly combine with ribose to form G, C, and U, which replace A in certain reactions and, together with it, serve in the formation of RNA. As will be discussed in Chapter 7, the prebiotic appearance of these bases can probably be explained by relatively simple reactions involving hydrogen cyanide (HCN), a typical product of cosmic chemistry, as major reactant. Ribose raises a thornier problem, not so much the synthesis of this sugar, which can take place from as simple a substance as formaldehyde (H2 CO, also a typical product of cosmic chemistry), but its separation from the many other sugars that form at the same time and, as already mentioned (see Chapter 2), the question of chirality.

If the RNA world developed de novo,” he writes in a recent paper, “it erected an opaque barrier between biochemistry and the prebiotic chemistry that preceded the RNA world” (Orgel, 2003). Intelligent design and strict determinism may be equivalent in terms of practical outcome; they are, of course, profoundly different philosophically. 18 SINGULARITIES variation, follows automatically from the first, especially in a primitive system where replication must have been very imprecise. There remains selection itself.

Sequential group transfer dependent on nucleotidyl transfer. In the first step, the nucleotidyl group of ATP is transferred to X–OH, leaving inorganic pyrophosphate and forming X-yl AMP, from which the X-yl group is then transferred to the Y–H reactant in the second step, leaving AMP. X-yl AMP is the doubleheaded intermediate. Its central oxygen atom comes from X–OH and ends up in AMP. 4. Sequential group transfer dependent on pyrophosphoryl transfer. In the first step, the terminal pyrophosphoryl group of ATP is transferred to X–OH, leaving AMP and forming X–yl pyrophosphate, from which the X–yl group is then transferred to the Y–H reactant in the second step, leaving inorganic pyrophosphate.

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