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Peptide formation under high P and T conditions: new carbon fibers

Peptides are formed through the enzymatic actions in living organisms, but difficulty exists to form peptide by non-enzymatic actions. Here we report the success of peptide formation under anhydrous, high P and T conditions. We were successful to form 11-mer of glycine and 5-mer of alanine. They are important constituents of spider silk, which is a candidate of next generation of carbon fibers. Therefore, our techniques have potentials to apply making new carbon fibers without biotechnology.


Geosciences Department, Graduate School of Science

KAKEGAWA Takeshi , Professor


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Otake. T., Taniguchi T., Furukawa Y., Kawamura F., Nakazawa H. and Kakegawa T. (2011) Stability of amino acids and their oligomerization under high-pressure conditions: implications for prebiotic chemistry. Astrobiology, vol.11., DOI: 10.1089/ast.2011.0637.

Ohara S., Kakegawa T. and Nakazawa H. (2007) Pressure effects on the abiotic polymerization of glycine. Origin of Life and Evolution of Biosphere, 37. 215-223.