Autocatalytic sets of proteins.

@article{Kauffman1986AutocatalyticSO,
  title={Autocatalytic sets of proteins.},
  author={S. Kauffman},
  journal={Journal of Theoretical Biology},
  year={1986},
  volume={119},
  pages={1-24}
}
  • S. Kauffman
  • Published 1986
  • Chemistry
  • Journal of Theoretical Biology
This article investigates the possibility that the emergence of reflexively autocatalytic sets of peptides and polypeptides may be an essentially inevitable collective property of any sufficiently complex set of polypeptides. The central idea is based on the connectivity properties of random directed graphs. In the set of amino acid monomer and polymer species up to some maximum length, M, the number of possible polypeptides is large, but, for specifiable "legitimate" end condensation, cleavage… Expand
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