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Organic compounds in carbonaceous meteorites.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12137279     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The carbonaceous chondrite meteorites are fragments of asteroids that have remained relatively unprocessed since the formation of the solar system 4.6 billion years ago. These carbon-rich objects contain a variety of extraterrestrial organic molecules that constitute a record of chemical evolution prior to the origin of life. Compound classes include aliphatic hydrocarbons, aromatic hydrocarbons, amino acids, carboxylic acids, sulfonic acids, phosphonic acids, alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, sugars, amines, amides, nitrogen heterocycles, sulfur heterocycles and a relatively abundant high molecular weight macromolecular material. Structural and stable isotopic characteristics suggest that a number of environments may have contributed to the organic inventory, including interstellar space, the solar nebula and the asteroidal meteorite parent body. This review covers work published between 1950 and the present day and cites 193 references.
Mark A Sephton
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Natural product reports     Volume:  19     ISSN:  0265-0568     ISO Abbreviation:  Nat Prod Rep     Publication Date:  2002 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-07-24     Completed Date:  2002-09-17     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8502408     Medline TA:  Nat Prod Rep     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  292-311     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Amino Acids / analysis
Carbon / analysis*
Carbon Isotopes / analysis
Carboxylic Acids / analysis
Extraterrestrial Environment
Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
Hydrocarbons / analysis*
Molecular Structure
Nitrogen Compounds / analysis
Phosphonic Acids / analysis
Spectrometry, Mass, Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption-Ionization
Sulfur Compounds / analysis
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Amino Acids; 0/Carbon Isotopes; 0/Carboxylic Acids; 0/Hydrocarbons; 0/Nitrogen Compounds; 0/Phosphonic Acids; 0/Sulfur Compounds; 7440-44-0/Carbon

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