This book originated from a series of papers which were published in “Die Naturwissenschaften” in Its division into three parts is the reflection of a . It is suggested that the concept of a hypercycle should be formally M. Eigen. Naturwissenschaften, 58 (), p. Eigen et al., “more RNA in replicators”. BOTH. FIRST more replicators: ecosystem based solution. Hypercycles (Eigen’s original solution). Emergence of higher levels of.

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It was also emphasized that a hypercycle size of up to four is too small to maintain the amount of information sufficient to cross the information threshold.

Only ribozymes, RNA molecules with catalytic functions, [4] possess these characteristics. Journal of Theoretical Biology. Without compartments, genome integration would boost competition by limiting space and resources.

They are entirely speculative[1] with no apparent real world basis. Secondly, it keeps the effect of mutations local, while at the same time affecting the whole compartment. The hypercycle model is a particular class of self-replicative reaction networks and can be characterized by topological methods. In the initial works, the compartmentalization was stated as an evolutionary consequence of the hypercyclic organization.

We suppose, that 1 the hypercycles are placed into coacervates [3]; 2 each coacervate includes only one type of the hypercycles; 3 any coacervate volume is proportional to the number of macromolecules inside it; 4 a translation process is much quicker than a replication one the latter means that it is sufficient to consider the RNAs dynamics only [1].

However, it was recently shown that those limitations could in principle be overcome by the assembly of active polymerase ribozymes from several short RNA strands. After one hypercycle wins the competition, it is very unlikely that another one could take its place, even if the new hypercycle would be more efficient than the winner.


Linking self-replication with mutual catalysis can produce nonlinear growth of the system.

Many examples of this kind of ribozyme are currently known, including a peptidyl transferase ribozyme, [34] a ligase, [35] [36] and a nucleotide synthetase. Then, the competition between evolving hypercycles can be modelled using the differential equation: According to the definition of a hypercycle, it is a nonlinear, dynamic system, and, in the simplest case, it can be assumed that it grows at a rate determined by a system of quadratic differential equations.

Hypercycle (chemistry)

The hypercycle is a self-reproducing macromolecular system, in which RNAs and enzymes cooperate in the following manner Fig.

Origin and Evolution of Viruses. In theory, it is possible to incorporate into the hypercycle mutations that do not satisfy the second condition. The replication enzymes ensure the more accurate RNAs’ replication as compared with quasispecies, providing opportunities for further macromolecular structure improvements. Experimental demonstration that ribozymes can form collectively autocatalytic sets [15].

They are hypothetical non-biological autocatalytic chemical reaction cycles of the substances thought to be needed for the spontaneous generation of life. The primary of them was that the formation of hypercycles had required the availability of both types of chains: Vasil’ev [2], who modeled a hypercycles competition in coacervate-type compartments. Retrieved from ” https: Digen, in reality, the cooperation of hypercycles would be extremely difficult, because it requires the existence of a complicated multi-step biochemical mechanism or an incorporation of more than two types of molecules.


An RNA ligase, in turn, could link various hypercgcle of quasispecies into one chain, beginning the process of a genome integration. Secondly, it reinforces the self-organization of molecules into the hypercycle, allowing the system to evolve without losing information, which solves the error threshold problem.

The eiggen is possible thanks to translation and polymerization functions encoded in I chains. From an evolutionary point of view, the hypercycle is an intermediate state of self-organization, but not the final solution. This, first, makes the system resistant to so-called parasitic branches. They are a purely and rather simple mathematical model that lacks any detail.


The hypercycle. A principle of natural self-organization. Part A: Emergence of the hypercycle.

However, it was hypothesized that even if the putative first RNA-dependent RNA-polymerases are estimated to be longer—the smallest eogen up-to-date RNA-dependent polymerase ribozyme is nucleotides long [18] —they did not have to arise in one step.

Bulletin of Mathematical Biology. The hypercycle model was a highly speculative schema proposed by Nobel Prize in chemistry, Manfred Eigen along with his graduate student Peter Schuster.

As a consequence, the catalysed replication could exceed the uncatalysed reactions, and the system could grow faster. In order to be preserved, the new information has to appear near to the hhpercycle of the spiral wave.

Journal of Mathematical Biology. In such a manner, the cycle reinforces hyperccycle. At the same time, harmful mutations cannot pollute the entire system if they are enclosed by the membrane.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

They must have the ability to replicate itself and produce enzymes, that means, have a metabolism. This problem is known as the error threshold problem. The extinction of the hypercycle then follows. The idea is that these hypercycles would build up by mutation and natural selection all of the substances and ultimately the processes and eige of living cells.