, Volume 1, Issue 6, pp 247–259

Structure determination of Ls-threonine by neutron diffraction


  • M Ramanadham
    • Nuclear Physics DivisionBhabha Atomic Research Centre
  • S K Sikka
    • Nuclear Physics DivisionBhabha Atomic Research Centre
  • R Chidambaram
    • Nuclear Physics DivisionBhabha Atomic Research Centre

DOI: 10.1007/BF02848502

Cite this article as:
Ramanadham, M., Sikka, S.K. & Chidambaram, R. Pramana - J Phys (1973) 1: 247. doi:10.1007/BF02848502


The structure of the aminoacid, Ls-threonine [NH3+ CH(CHOHCH3)COO], space groupP212121,a=13.630(5),b=7.753(1),c=5.162(2) Å,z=4, has been determined from neutron diffraction data using direct methods. The intensities of 1148 neutron Bragg reflections were measured from a single crystal. The structural parameters were refined by the method of least squares using anisotropic temperature factors. The finalR(F2) is 0.068. The structure was also refined from the x-ray data of Shoemakeret al (1950J. Am. Chem. Soc.72 2328); there is good agreement between the two sets of heavy atom parameters. The parameters of hydrogen atoms are of course more precisely determined in our neutron study. The molecular conformation and the hydrogen bonding scheme are discussed. Weighted average values of bond distances and angles from 14 aminoacid structures with ionized carboxylic groups studied by neutron diffraction at Brookheven and Trombay are also presented.


Ls-threonineneutron diffractionhydrogen bondingdirect methods

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