A method for peptide synthesis is proposed based on a template-directed scheme that parallels that of the native ribosomal mechanism. In this procedure, peptide bond formation is facilitated by the juxtaposition of aminoacyl and peptidyl oligonucleotide carriers bound adjacent to one another on an oligonucleotide template. The general strategy of the synthesis and relevant model studies are described. The scheme provides an intrinsic mechanism by which oligonucleotides can direct the synthesis of polypeptides in the absence of protein or ribosomal machinery and, as such, suggests a model for the origin of prebiotic protein synthesis.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - Jan 1979|
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