23. Life's Single Chirality: Origin of Symmetry Breaking in Biomolecules

  1. Prof. Dr. Erwan Poupon2 and
  2. Dr. Bastien Nay3
  1. Michael Mauksch and
  2. Svetlana B. Tsogoeva

Published Online: 21 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9783527634606.ch23

Biomimetic Organic Synthesis

Biomimetic Organic Synthesis

How to Cite

Mauksch, M. and Tsogoeva, S. B. (2011) Life's Single Chirality: Origin of Symmetry Breaking in Biomolecules, in Biomimetic Organic Synthesis (eds E. Poupon and B. Nay), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527634606.ch23

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Université Paris-Sud 11, Faculté du Pharmacie, 5, rue Jean-Baptiste Clément, 92260 Châtenay-Malabry, France

  2. 3

    Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Unité Molécules de Communication et Adaptation des Micro-organismes associée au CNRS (UMR 7245), 57 rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris, France

Author Information

  1. University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy, Henkestrasse 42, 91054 Erlangen, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 20 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527325801

Online ISBN: 9783527634606



  • autocatalysis;
  • biomolecules;
  • enantioenrichment;
  • homochirality;
  • symmetry breaking


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Autocatalytic Enantioselective Reactions

  • Autocatalysis and Self-replication

  • Polymerization and Aggregation Models of Enantioenrichment

  • Phase Equilibria

  • Adsorption on Chiral Surfaces

  • Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking in Conglomerate Crystallizations

  • Symmetry Breaking in Reaction–Diffusion Models, Collision Kinetics, and Membrane Diffusion

  • Concluding Remarks and Outlook

  • References