# Help! need titration curve for Arginine

1. Oct 23, 2004

### Daemos

I have a question

When you do a titration curve for Arginine and you start it off in the acid exteme (low pH) does it gain anymore Hydrogens other than the one that always bonds to the COO- group? (so does it gain more than a +2 charge)

To rephrase, do any of the other two Nitrogens (other than the one double bonded to the Carbon in the R-Group) gain additional hydrogens when it acts as a base.

2. Oct 24, 2004

### chem_tr

Yes, the formula should be written in low pH like that:

$$HOOC-CH(NH_3)^+-(CH_2)_3-NH_2^+-C(=NH)-NH_2$$

I don't think that the terminal C(=NH)-NH2 group takes additional protons, since they seem to be amphoteric.

But I have found this http://www.cem.msu.edu/~reusch/VirtualText/proteins.htm, mentioning that the $C=NH$ group protonates instead to give the same 2+ charge, which is logical as the nitrogen I mentioned is somewhat hindered to react with proton.

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3. Oct 24, 2004

### Daemos

thanks alot for the info :)

Last edited: Oct 24, 2004