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, 160 (7), 449-56

Self-assembly and Function of Primitive Cell Membranes

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Self-assembly and Function of Primitive Cell Membranes

Andrew Pohorille et al. Res Microbiol.

Abstract

We describe possible pathways for separating amphiphilic molecules from organic material on the early earth to form membrane-bound structures required for the start of cellular life. We review properties of the first membranes and their function as permeability barriers. Finally, we discuss the emergence of protein-mediated ion transport across membranes, which facilitated many other cellular functions.

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