From pre-cells to Eukarya--a tale of two lipids.

@article{Wchtershuser2003FromPT,
  title={From pre-cells to Eukarya--a tale of two lipids.},
  author={G{\"u}nter W{\"a}chtersh{\"a}user},
  journal={Molecular microbiology},
  year={2003},
  volume={47 1},
  pages={
          13-22
        }
}
  • Günter Wächtershäuser
  • Published 2003
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Molecular microbiology
  • A mechanistic hypothesis for the origin of the three domains of life is proposed. A population of evolving pre-cells is suggested to have had a membrane of a racemate of chiral lipids that continuously underwent spontaneous symmetry breaking by spatial phase segregation into two enantiomerically enriched membrane domains. By frequent pre-cell fusions and fissions these membrane domains became partitioned between two pre-cell subpopulations having predominantly one lipid enantiomer or the other… CONTINUE READING

    Figures and Topics from this paper.

    Explore Further: Topics Discussed in This Paper

    From Promiscuity to the Lipid Divide: On the Evolution of Distinct Membranes in Archaea and Bacteria
    26
    Biosynthesis of archaeal membrane ether lipids
    65
    Early evolution of polyisoprenol biosynthesis and the origin of cell walls
    4
    Early Evolution of Membrane Lipids: How did the Lipid Divide Occur?
    58

    References

    Publications referenced by this paper.
    SHOWING 1-10 OF 53 REFERENCES
    The origin of the eukaryotic cell: A genomic investigation
    230
    The origin of the eukaryotic cell.
    192
    The origin of the eukaryotic cell.
    85
    Genomics and early cellular evolution. The origin of the DNA world.
    45
    Chapter 9 Membrane lipids of archaea
    61