Journal of Structural Chemistry

, Volume 55, Issue 8, pp 1627–1634 | Cite as

First principles study on proton transfer between amino acid side chains of histidine and aspartic acid in β-structure

  • M. SargolzaeiEmail author
  • M. Afshar
  • M.S. Sadeghi
  • H. Hamidian
Self-Organization in Molecular and Supramolecular Compounds


We have demonstrated possibility of proton transfer between nitrogen atom of imidazole ring in histidine and oxygen atom of carboxylic group in aspartic residues inside peptide of Asp-Ala-His+ using density functional theory calculations. Our NBO and AIM analyzes have shown that the proton transfer takes place between side chain of histidine and aspartic acid residues through the hydrogen bond formation. Transition state structures of proton transfer reaction were calculated in gas and solution phases. The calculated reaction rates show that the proton transfer reaction rate in the gas phase is higher than solution phase. The ionization constant (pK a) value of the lysine residue in peptide was estimated to be 1.09 which is lower than intrinsic pK a value of lysine amino acid.


ionization constants gibbs free energy DFT calculations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Sargolzaei
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. Afshar
    • 2
  • M.S. Sadeghi
    • 3
  • H. Hamidian
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryShahrood University of TechnologyShahroodIran
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsIran University of Science and TechnologyNarmakTehran, Iran
  3. 3.Department of ChemistryIslamic Azad University, Science and ResearchSirjan BranchIran
  4. 4.Department of ChemistryIslamic Azad UniversityMarvdasht BranchIran

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