Glyceraldehyde and glycolaldehyde in interstellar ice analogues and the role of aldehydes in cosmochemical evolution
Our understanding of the molecular origin of life is based on amino acids, ribose, and nucleobases that - after their selection by prebiotic processes - initiated the evolutionary assembly of catalytic and informational polymers, being proteins and ribonucleic acids. Following previous amino acid identifications in the room-temperature residues of simulated circumstellar/interstellar ices [1,2] we have searched for a different family of molecules of potential prebiotic interest. Using multidimensional gas chromatography coupled to time-of-flight mass spectrometry, we have detected ten aldehydes, including the sugar-related glycolaldehyde and glyceraldehyde - two species considered as key prebiotic intermediates in the first steps toward the synthesis of ribonucleotides in a planetary environment.
European Planetary Science Congress
- Pub Date:
- October 2015