Prebiotic carbohydrate synthesis: zinc-proline catalyzes direct aqueous aldol reactions of alpha-hydroxy aldehydes and ketones.

@article{Kofoed2005PrebioticCS,
  title={Prebiotic carbohydrate synthesis: zinc-proline catalyzes direct aqueous aldol reactions of alpha-hydroxy aldehydes and ketones.},
  author={Jacob Kofoed and Jean-Louis Reymond and Tamis Darbre},
  journal={Organic & biomolecular chemistry},
  year={2005},
  volume={3 10},
  pages={1850-5}
}
Zn-proline catalyzed aldolisation of glycoladehyde gave mainly tetroses whereas in the cross-aldolisation of glycoladehyde and rac-glyceraldehyde, pentoses accounted for 60% of the sugars formed with 20% of ribose. 
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