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X-ray studies on crystalline complexes involving amino acids and peptides. XXXIII. Crystal structures of L- and DL-arginine complexed with oxalic acid and a comparative study of amino acid oxalic acid complexes

Chandra, Nagasuma R and Prabu, Moses M and Venkatraman, Janani and Suresh, Stephen and Vijayan, M (1998) X-ray studies on crystalline complexes involving amino acids and peptides. XXXIII. Crystal structures of L- and DL-arginine complexed with oxalic acid and a comparative study of amino acid oxalic acid complexes. In: Acta Crystallographica Section B Acta Crystallogr B, 54 (03). pp. 257-263.

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Abstract

The DL- and L-arginine complexes of oxalic acid are made up of zwitterionic positively charged amino acid molecules and semi-oxalate ions. The dissimilar molecules aggregate into separate alternating layers in the former. The basic unit in the arginine layer is a centrosymmetric dimer, while the semi-oxalate ions form hydrogen-bonded strings in their layer. In the L-arginine complex each semi-oxalate ion is surrounded by arginine molecules and the complex can be described as an inclusion compound. The oxalic acid complexes of basic amino acids exhibit a variety of ionization states and stoichiometry. They illustrate the effect of aggregation and chirality on ionization state and stoichiometry, and that of molecular properties on aggregation. The semi-oxalate/oxalate ions tend to be planar, but large departures from planarity are possible. The amino acid aggregation in the different oxalic acid complexes do not resemble one another significantly, but the aggregation of a particular amino acid in its oxalic acid complex tends to have similarities with its aggregation in other structures. Also, semi-oxalate ions aggregate into similar strings in four of the six oxalic acid complexes. Thus, the intrinsic aggregation propensities of individual molecules tend to be retained in the complexes.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Molecular Biophysics Unit
Date Deposited: 31 Dec 2009 07:11
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:28
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/19447

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