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Giant Vesicles "Colonies": A Model for Primitive Cell Communities.
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PMID:  22689306     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Current research on the origin of life typically focuses on the self-organisation of molecular components in individual cell-like compartments, thereby bringing about the emergence of self-sustaining minimal cells. This is justified by the fact that single cells are the minimal forms of life. No attempts have been made to investigate the cooperative mechanisms that could derive from the assembly of individual compartments. Here we present a novel experimental approach based on vesicles "colonies" as a model of primitive cell communities. Experiments show that several advantages could have favoured primitive cell colonies when compared with isolated primitive cells. In fact there are two novel unexpected features typical of vesicle colonies, namely solute capture and vesicle fusion, which can be seen as the basic physicochemical mechanisms at the origin of life.
Paolo Carrara; Pasquale Stano; Pier Luigi Luisi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Chembiochem : a European journal of chemical biology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1439-7633     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-6-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100937360     Medline TA:  Chembiochem     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
Biology Department, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Viale Guglielmo Marconi 446, 00146 Rome (Italy).
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