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Population Dynamics of Autocatalytic Sets in a Compartmentalized Spatial World

Lookup NU author(s): Jonny Naylor, Professor Natalio KrasnogorORCiD, Dr Harold Fellermann



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Autocatalytic sets are self-sustaining and collectively catalytic chemical reaction networks which are believed to have played an important role in the origin of life. Simulation studies have shown that autocatalytic sets are, in principle, evolvable if multiple autocatalytic subsets can exist in different combinations within compartments, i.e., so-called protocells. However, these previous studies have so far not explicitly modeled the emergence and dynamics of autocatalytic sets in populations of compartments in a spatial environment. Here, we use a recently developed software tool to simulate exactly this scenario, as an important first step towards more realistic simulations and experiments on autocatalytic sets in protocells.

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Author(s): Hordijk W, Naylor J, Krasnogor N, Fellermann H

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Life

Year: 2018

Volume: 8

Issue: 3

Online publication date: 18/08/2018

Acceptance date: 18/08/2018

Date deposited: 22/08/2018

ISSN (print): 2075-1729

ISSN (electronic): 2075-1729

Publisher: MDPI


DOI: 10.3390/life8030033


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