The Origin of the Eukaryotic Cell Based on Conservation of Existing Interfaces

  title={The Origin of the Eukaryotic Cell Based on Conservation of Existing Interfaces},
  author={A. D. Roos},
  journal={Artificial Life},
  • A. D. Roos
  • Published 2006
  • Computer Science, Biology
  • Artificial Life
Current theories about the origin of the eukaryotic cell all assume that during evolution a prokaryotic cell acquired a nucleus. Here, it is shown that a scenario in which the nucleus acquired a plasma membrane is inherently less complex because existing interfaces remain intact during evolution. Using this scenario, the evolution to the first eukaryotic cell can be modeled in three steps, based on the self-assembly of cellular membranes by lipid-protein interactions. First, the inclusion of… Expand

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