Hydrolytic stability of biomolecules at high temperatures and its implication for life at 250 °C

@article{White1984HydrolyticSO,
  title={Hydrolytic stability of biomolecules at high temperatures and its implication for life at 250 °C},
  author={Robert H White},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1984},
  volume={310},
  pages={430-432}
}
The upper temperature at which a living system can exist is limited by the hydrolytic breakdown rate of its chemical constituents. The peptide bonds of proteins, the phosphodiester and N-glycosyl bonds in RNA and DNA, and the pyrophosphate and N-glycosyl bonds in nucleotides such as ATP and NAD are among the more important bonds that will undergo hydrolysis. The decomposition of biomolecules via non-hydrolytic pathways such as decarboxylations and dehydrations may also be critical factors in… Expand
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