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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At the time of the hypercycle theory formulation, ribozymes were not known. According to the above model, in the initial phase, when several hypercycles exist, the selection of the hypercycle with the largest q l value takes place. It was introduced in an ordinary differential equation ODE form by the Nobel Prize winner Manfred Eigen in [1] and subsequently further extended in collaboration with Peter Schuster.

Hypercycle (chemistry)

They are a purely and rather simple mathematical model that lacks any detail. Schuster proposed the model of hypercycles [1], as a hypothetical stage of macromolecular evolution, which could hyoercycle quasispecies.

The same technique was used to model systems that include formation of complexes. One possibility of linking different chains I —which is relatively easy to achieve taking into account the quasispecies properties—is that the one chain I improves the synthesis of the similar chain I.

Another model based on cellular automata, taking into account a simpler replicating network of continuously mutating parasites and their interactions with one replicase species, was proposed by Takeuchi and Hogeweg [7] and exhibited an emergent travelling wave pattern. Nevertheless, in both alternative concepts, the system will not survive due to the internal competition among its constituents.

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Then, the competition between evolving hypercycles can be modelled using the hyperccycle equation: According to current estimations, the maximum length of a replicated chain that can be correctly reproduced and maintained in enzyme -free systems is about baseswhich is assumed to be insufficient to encode replication machinery. The sequence I i provides the matrix to reproduce itself and a matrix to build the protein E i.

The hypercycle model was a highly speculative schema proposed by Nobel Prize in chemistry, Manfred Eigen hypercyclee with his graduate student Peter Schuster. Coupling nucleic acids with proteins in such a model of hypercycle with translation demanded the proper model for the origin of translation code as a necessary condition for the origin of hypercycle organization.


At the time of the hypercycle theory formulation, enzymatic hypsrcycle were attributed only to proteinswhile nucleic acids were recognized only as carriers of information.

Later, he indicated that a general polymerase leads to the death of the system. More than thirty years after the introduction of the hypothesis, there is no experimental evidence whatsoever for complex, hyperrcycle prebiotic hypercycles. In agreement with Eigen and Schuster’s principal analysis, they argued that systems with hypdrcycle or more species exhibit limited and unstable cyclic behaviour, because some species can die out due to stochastic events and break the positive feedback loop that sustains the hypercycle.

They are an attempt to extend Darwinian evolution to the origin of life.

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Ribozymes potentially bypercycle as templates and catalysers of replication can be considered components of quasispecies that can self-organize into a hypercycle without the need to invent a translation process. Among them, the most notable are applications of partial differential equations[5] cellular automata[6] [7] [8] [9] and stochastic formulations of Eigen’s problem. Advances in Complex Systems.

Some genotypes could introduce cooperation by recognizing target sequences of the other wigen, promoting their covalent bindingwhile other selfish genotypes were only able to self-assemble.

Various other experiments have shown gypercycle, besides bearing polymerase properties, ribozymes could have developed other kinds of evolutionarily useful catalytic activity such as synthaseligaseor aminoacylase activities. The reproduction is possible thanks to translation and polymerization functions encoded in I chains.

Schuster consider hypercycles as predecessors of protocells primitive unicellular biological organisms [1]. In the hypercycle, all molecules are linked such that each of them catalyses the creation of its successor, with the last molecule catalysing the first one.

Nowadays, taking into account the knowledge about ribozymes, it may be possible that a hypercycle’s members were selected from the hypercyycle population and the enzymatic function was performed by RNA.

An RNA ligase’s catalytic domain, consisting of 93 nucleotides, proved to be sufficient to catalyse a linking reaction between two RNA chains. Without this feedback loop, the replicating system would be lost. When one hypercycle wins hyeprcycle selection and dominates the population, it is very difficult to replace it, even with a hypercycle with a much higher growth rate q.


The theory of evolution and dynamical systems: Journal of Molecular Evolution. Moreover, Vaidya et al. The cyclic organization of the hypercycle ensures its structure stability. Several researchers proposed a solution to these problems by introducing space into the initial model either explicitly [6] [13] [47] [48] or in the form of a spatial segregation within compartments.

From an evolutionary point of view, the hypercycle is an intermediate state of self-organization, but not the final solution.

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

The merits of hypercycle theory must therefore be assessed in somewhat indirect fashion, by considering its assumptions and predictions in light of what we know about the likely chemical conditions of prebiotic evolution and the rationale of natural selection. Parasitic branches are species coupled to a cycle that do not provide any advantage to the reproduction of a cycle, which, in turn, makes them useless and decreases the selective value of the system.

Retrieved from ” http: Let’s review shortly the mathematical description of hypercycles, taking into account the original model [1] as well as the analysis by R. Red’ko Date Apr 27, The system required more reliable control of its constituents—for example, by incorporating the coupling of essential RNAs into a positive feedback loop. It can be cited as: The first advantage is that it maintains a high local concentration of molecules, which helps to locally increase the rate of synthesis.

From the mathematical point of view, it is possible to find conditions required for cooperation of several hypercycles. In a system that is deprived of high-fidelity replicases and error-correction mechanismsmutations occur with a high probability.

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