Title

Oxidative Phosphorus Chemistry Perturbed by Minerals

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-28-2022

Subject Area

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Abstract

Life is a complex, open chemical system that must be supported with energy inputs. If one fathoms how simple early life must have been, the complexity of modern-day life is staggering by comparison. A minimally complex system that could plausibly provide pyrophosphates for early life could be the oxidation of reduced phosphorus sources such as hypophosphite and phosphite. Like all plausible prebiotic chemistries, this system would have been altered by minerals and rocks in close contact with the evolving solutions. This study addresses the different types of perturbations that minerals might have on this chemical system. This study finds that minerals may inhibit the total production of oxidized phosphorus from reduced phosphorus species, they may facilitate the production of phosphate, or they may facilitate the production of pyrophosphate. This study concludes with the idea that mineral perturbations from the environment increase the chemical complexity of this system.

Publication Title

Life (Basel, Switzerland)

Volume

12

Issue

2

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.3390/life12020198

PubMed ID

35207486

ISSN

2075-1729

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