Phosphorus is a key element in many biological molecules including nucleic acids such as DNA and RNA, energy storage molecules like ATP, membrane phospholipids and coenzymes. The Abbott-Lyon laboratory is investigating the reaction pathways by which phosphorus contained in the mineral schreibersite (Fe2NiP) can be activated to form C-O-P and C-P linkages.
Nucleoside phosphorylation by the mineral schreibersite
The formation of molecules like DNA and RNA requires the element phosphorus. However, the few ways of forming these molecules through non-biological means involve multiple steps and artificial phosphorus sources. We have now demonstrated that meteorites, when warmed under basic conditions with organic molecules, can...