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Publication Date

12-2014

Abstract

Undergraduate biochemistry students should have great familiarity with titration curves. These curves allow the prediction of protonation states, charges, and isoelectric points. Here we describe an experiment in which students identify four amino acids based on their titration behavior. Students make solutions of each unknown amino acid and monitor the change in pH upon adding aliquots of a strong base. They identify the amino acids based on the shapes of the curves. They annotate the plots with isoelectric points, pKas, buffering regions and the structures of the amino acids.

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NOTICE: This is the publisher's PDF version of a work that was accepted for publication in the World Journal of Chemical Education. The article was originally published as:

Cassidy M. Dobson, and Nathan S. Winter, “The Identification of Amino Acids by Interpretation of Titration Curves: An Undergraduate Experiment for Biochemistry.” World Journal of Chemical Education, vol. 2, no. 4 (2014): 59-61. doi: 10.12691/wjce-2-4-3.

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