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proteinoid

(prōt′n-oid′, prō′tē-noid′)
n.
A proteinlike polypeptide formed abiotically from amino acid mixtures in the presence of heat, thought to resemble early evolutionary forms of protein.
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Fox maintains that thermal protein microspheres could have provided a protected environment in which complex information-rich macromolecules bearing genetic information could have assembled themselves.
He contends that thermal proteins formed from heated amino acids, assembled themselves into microspheres, and gave rise to protocells in the primordial environment.
Rather, he believes that the presence of thermal proteins may have sparked the chemical process that led to the evolution of these macromolecules necessary for true cellular life.
In addition, experiments by several groups have shown that thermal proteins can self-assemble and behave as enzymes, inhibitors, and precursors of proteins found in contemporary living cells.