Genesis of amino acids in the primeval sea. Formation of amino acids from sugars and ammonia in a modified sea medium

J Biochem. 1980 Jan;87(1):359-62. doi: 10.1093/oxfordjournals.jbchem.a132748.

Abstract

Sugars such as glycolaldehyde, glyceraldehyde, erythrose, ribose, and glucose were heated with ammonia in a modified sea medium. Amino acids such as glycine, alanine, serine, threonine, aspartic acid, and glutamic acid were obtained from the reaction mixture. This provides the basis for a model of the genesis of amino acids in the primeval sea.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acids*
  • Ammonia
  • Carbohydrates
  • Seawater

Substances

  • Amino Acids
  • Carbohydrates
  • Ammonia