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Origins of life and evolution of the biosphere : the journal of the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life

Phosphorylation of glyceric acid in aqueous solution using trimetaphosphate.


PMID 11536746

Abstract

The phosphorylation of glyceric acid is an interesting prebiotic reaction because it converts a simple, potentially prebiotic organic molecule into phosphate derivatives that are central to carbohydrate metabolism. We find that 0.05 M glyceric acid in the presence of 0.5 M trimetaphosphate in alkaline solution gives a mixture of 2- and 3-phosphoglyceric acids in combined yields of up to 40%.

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