Molecular modeling of protocellular functions.

  title={Molecular modeling of protocellular functions.},
  author={Andrew Pohorille and Christophe Chipot and Michael H. New and Michael A. Wilson},
  journal={Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing. Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing},
The mechanisms of three protocellular functions have been studied using molecular modeling techniques. These functions are (1) the transport of ions across membranes, (2) the formation of photoactivated proton gradient that could drive chemical synthesis in the protocell, and (3) the organization of small peptides necessary for catalytic activity. In all these processes, membranes play an essential role. The transfer of ions across the barrier formed by protocellular walls is facilitated by the… CONTINUE READING

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