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Jeremy S. Hudson, Joseph F. Eberle, Raj H. Vachhani, Luther C. Rogers, James H. Wade, Prof. Dr. Ramanarayanan Krishnamurthy and Dr. Greg Springsteen A Unified Mechanism for Abiotic Adenine and Purine Synthesis in Formamide Angewandte Chemie International Edition 51

Version of Record online: 5 APR 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201108907

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Form(am)idable beginning: Mechanistic pathways from formamide to purine and adenine have been proposed (see scheme, purine (R=H, X=H), adenine (R=CN, X=NH2, R′=CONH2). Parallels between these plausible prebiotic syntheses and purine-ring biosynthesis may allude to the origins of the metabolic route.

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