A Bioenergetic Basis for Membrane Divergence in Archaea and Bacteria

@inproceedings{Sojo2014ABB,
  title={A Bioenergetic Basis for Membrane Divergence in Archaea and Bacteria},
  author={V{\'i}ctor Sojo and Andrew Pomiankowski and N. Gary Lane},
  booktitle={PLoS biology},
  year={2014}
}
Membrane bioenergetics are universal, yet the phospholipid membranes of archaea and bacteria-the deepest branches in the tree of life-are fundamentally different. This deep divergence in membrane chemistry is reflected in other stark differences between the two domains, including ion pumping and DNA replication. We resolve this paradox by considering the energy requirements of the last universal common ancestor (LUCA). We develop a mathematical model based on the premise that LUCA depended on… CONTINUE READING
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