This is a photocopy of the original publication of my theory of the origin of life. The article was published 28 years ago. I will soon post a more comprehensive explanation of my hypothesis. It is based on a hypothetical mechanism of a chemical reaction which was functioning in the primary molecular self-organizing system. The said mechanism is possible assuming that tautomeric enol was produced from ester carbonyl of lipids. A magnesium ion was interacting with two enolic hydroxyls, and an intermediate compound produced upon the interaction was degrading with production of magnesium oxide.
Thus, the proposed mechanism provided for concentration of energy noises in the form of magnesium oxide that was produced from magnesium ions and oxygen from water, which occurred with a release of hydrogen ions. A trans-membrane transfer of protons, which some Nobel Prize laureates believe to be the cornerstone of ATP synthesis, was in fact a secondary process that accompanied the main process of formation of the magnesium complex. 'Energy noises' here refer to oscillation processes that were occurring when meteorites were falling onto Earth with no atmosphere.
Magnesium oxide concentrated energy in the amount of 12 kcal per mol which was released upon interaction with water, acids and other active chemical groups. Further, magnesium oxide was binding with pyrophosphate and polyphosphates, and in the course of the evolution, these derivatives were transformed into adenosine triphosphate, ATP, which still concentrates 12 kcal/mol of energy. The principle of work of ATPase, the smallest molecular engine, represents an evolution-improved model of the primary self-organized system that provided synthesis of magnesium oxide.