Enthalpies of Combustion and Formation of Histidine Stereoisomers.
The aim of this study was a calorimetric characterization of L-, D-, and DL-histidine isomers.
Histidine is a heterocyclic amino acid containing an imidazole ring. The imidazole ring is aromatic, as it contains six [pi] electrons. Histidine is a proteinogenic amino acid, and it is able to form [pi] stacking interactions. Consequently, the side chain can have a role in stabilizing the folded structures of proteins. Histidine is an essential amino acid that is not synthesized de novo in humans and is needed for growth and tissue repair .
The imidazole ring allows histidine to act as a coordinating ligand in metal proteins, including certain enzymes. It is important in hemoglobin, as well. Histidine is involved in stabilizing oxyhemoglobin and destabilizing CO-bound hemoglobin. Histidine is important for maintenance of myelin membranes that protect nerve cells and is metabolized to the neurotransmitter histamine .
Two divergent values of the enthalpy of formation of L-histidine are found in the literature: -441.8 [+ or -] 2.6 kJ x [mol.sup.-1]  and -466.7 [+ or -] 2.8 kJ x [mol.sup.-1] . Vasilev et al.  were aware that their data differ from previously reported values  and considered that the difference is due to the inadequate purity of the sample of the later authors. No data about the enthalpy of formation of D-histidine and for the racemic are found in the literature. The main purpose of this work is to determine these parameters and to compare them with those calculated by the group additivity method. The paper brings more information about the thermal behavior of the investigated compounds in function of the isomer type.
2.1. Materials. D-histidine and DL-histidine were obtained commercially from Sigma-Aldrich, mass fraction purities [greater than or equal to] 98% and 99%, respectively, and L-histidine, assay >99%, from Fluka with M = 155.15 g x [mol.sup.-1]. Samples were dried in a vacuum oven for 3 hours at 90[degrees]C and preserved in a desiccator before use, in order to eliminate adsorbed water.
The purity of samples was tested by DSC and polarimetry.
Our DSC data confirm the purity of over 99% for the DL-and D-isomers (99.06 and 99.25%, respectively) while for the D-histidine, the purity was 98.86%. The data are shown in Table 1 of Supplementary materials.
Specific rotations [[alpha]].sup.25.sub.[lambda]] of the investigated compounds were determined on solutions in deionized water for checking the amino acid optical purity. A 341 PerkinElmer polarimeter was used in the D line of sodium, with glass cells (1 cm path length), at 25[degrees]C. Table 1 contains our values compared to literature data (, p. C768).
Like in the case of other amino acids, the only impurities amounting at least 0.1% (other than water) certified by the manufacturer consist of other amino acids, with similar values of the massic heat of combustion.
2.2.1. Combustion Calorimetry. The combustion experiments were performed using a Parr Instruments model 6200 microprocessor controlled isoperibol oxygen bomb calorimeter. Temperatures are measured with a high-precision electronic thermometer using a specially designed thermistor sensor sealed in a stainless steel probe which is fixed in the calorimeter cover. Measurements were taken with 0.0001 K resolution. The jacket temperature is held constant for isoperibol operation. The semimicro kit handling samples from 25 to 200 mg was used because of the small amounts of the studied compounds. High-purity oxygen 99.998% was used for combustion. Calorific grade benzoic acid supplied by Parr, with heat of combustion 26,454 J x [g.sup.-1], was used for the standardization of the combustion calorimeter. The determined calorimeter constant was [[epsilon].sub.calor] = 2326.9 [+ or -] 1.9 J x [K.sup.-1].
The samples were pressed into pellets of 3 mm diameter. The pellets were weighed with a Mettler-Toledo analytical balance, model XP6 with an accuracy of [+ or -] 2 x [10.sup.-6]g.
The final solution from the bomb was analyzed for the presence of nitric acid (about 20% from the total nitrogen) by titration with solution of [Na.sub.2]C[O.sub.3] 0.1 mol x [L.sup.-1]. The heat due to nitric acid formation was obtained using the value of the enthalpy of formation of nitric acid solution, [mathematical expression not reproducible], aq = -58.8kJ x [mol.sup.-1] .
2.2.2. Thermal Analysis. For the thermal characterization of histidines, a simultaneous thermogravimetry (TG) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) TGA/DSC Setaram Setsys Evolution 17 analyzer was employed. Thermal properties (temperatures, enthalpies, and mass losses) associated with melting and/or decomposition processes of the histidine stereoisomers were measured in the temperature ranging from 20 to 600[degrees]C with a scanning rate of 10[degrees]C [min.sup.-1] in alumina crucibles, using Ar flow. Standard metallic substances of 99.999% purity (In, Sn, Pb, Zn, and Al) were used for the calibration in temperature. The melting onset temperatures and heats of fusion of standard materials were used for temperature correction and energy calibration. The sample mass for simultaneous TG-DSC measurements was about 12 mg. The error of TG measurement is [+ or -] 0.154%. All thermal analysis (TG-DSC) data were processed using Calisto software.
3.1. Combustion Energy. At least 6 runs were retained for each isomer. Some runs were rejected because of doubt about combustion completeness. In runs used in data calculation, there was no evidence of soot formation in the bomb. The data regarding the combustion measurements for the three isomers are given in Tables 2-4 in Supplementary materials. The assigned uncertainties are twice the standard error of the mean. [DELTA]U (fuse) and [DELTA U (ign) were calculated from the mass of cotton and [[DELTA].sub.c]u (cotton) = 16240 [+ or -] 20 J x [g.sup.-1]  and from the mass of the fire and [[DELTA].sub.c]u (Ni-Cr) = 5.86 kJ x [g.sup.-1] (certified by the fabricant), respectively. The values obtained experimentally for the combustion energy were reported to the standard state (T = 298.15 K and p = 101.325 kPa). Corrections were performed using Washburn methodology .
In order to calculate the enthalpies of formation, the following values were used: [mathematical expression not reproducible] and [mathematical expression not reproducible]]. In Table 2 are presented our data for the solid-state enthalpies of formation, together with literature values [3, 4].
The values of the enthalpies of formation of the L-enantiomer are quasi-identical with that of racemic, while that of D-histidine is more negative (within the cumulated experimental errors).
3.2. DSC. Figure 1 presents the DSC curves of L-, D-, and DL-histidine isomers. A single-sharp peak is recorded for all three stereoisomers.
The temperature ranges in which the decomposition processes (decomposition prevails due to the high temperature) of the three stereoisomers take place are similar (274-290[degrees]C).
Our peak temperatures of the enantiomers (Table 3) are in reasonable agreement with the values reported by Olafsson and Bryan  (288[degrees]C), Weiss et al.  (272[degrees]C), and Anandan et al.  (275[degrees]C) as well as with that included in the Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (, p. C445) (287[degrees]C), but not with the value of Wesolowski and Erecinska  (250[degrees]C). The "melting" points usually found for amino acids are irrelevant since they decompose, so that the temperatures may vary according to the morphology of the sample and to the experimental conditions used by the researchers .
3.3. Thermogravimetry. Figure 2 shows the temperatures and weight losses in the TG and DTG curves. Thermogravimetric records for samples show a first-step fast weight loss of 17-18% starting above 240[degrees]C, followed by a continuous mass decrease of the sample. At 600[degrees]C, a mass reduction of over 53% is observed for both L- and D-enantiomers and the racemic (Table 4). The difference between the initial mass of samples and the mass loss due to decomposition was consistent with the mass of solid residue.
Table 5 shows comparative data of thermal analysis on histidine reported by different authors.
The formation enthalpies in solid state experimentally found were compared with those obtained by means of the group additivity method, with parameters recommended by Domalski and Hearing . The value of the solid-state group parameter corresponding to an imine nitrogen atom bound to a carbon atom ([N.sub.I]-(C)) is missing. A value of 67kJ x [mol.sup.-1] was assigned to this parameter, taking into account the values of the same parameter for the liquid and gaseous states. Generally, because of the presence of an a-amino acid moiety, a zwitterion contribution is considered. A comparison between experimental and calculated values in solid state is shown in Table 2.
The calculated enthalpy of formation  agrees fairly with our experimental values. Only four hydrogen bonds per molecule were reported, less than for other amino acids. One of them is intramolecular in the case of enantiomers [15, 16] while all four are intermolecular for DL . Three of them are taken into account in the group additivity calculations.
The enthalpy of formation in the ideal gas state of the histidine stereoisomers was calculated by means of the same quantity in the crystalline state and of the standard enthalpy of sublimation (Table 6). Gaffney et al.  have derived a value of 142 [+ or -] 8kJ x [mol.sup.-1] from vapor pressure measurements in the temperature range 392-492 K. A positive correction to the standard state of 6 [+ or -] 2 kJ x [mol.sup.-1] is obtained by means of the estimation methods, recommended by Chickos et al., for phase-change enthalpies and heat capacities [19, 20]. A much larger value of 182 kJ x [mol.sup.-1] is predicted by Badelin et al.  by quantum chemical computations.
As it may be easily seen, the discrepancies with respect to the calculated value are mainly due to the large uncertainties in the evaluation of the standard enthalpy of sublimation.
A small molecule (possibly CO) is evolved during the first step and other gaseous molecules ([H.sub.2]O and N[H.sub.3]) at higher temperatures.
The processes revealed by DSC and TG are essentially, if not exclusively due to decomposition. Bryan and Olafsson  state that the main decomposition reaction is decarboxylation, possibly preceded by deamination. Weiss et al.  consider that a single main reaction occurs, taking into account that a sharp peak is obtained during the DSC run. The weight loss in the case of decarboxylation reaction was the only one that would be about 28.4% (higher than our experimental value, about 18%). The calculated thermal effect of the decarboxylation reaction, by means of the group additivity method , is about 79 kJ x [mol.sup.-1] (in standard conditions) comparable with our experimental values (Table 6).
Weiss et al.  obtained totally different results by means of mass spectroscopy, i.e., histidine ejects 1 mol [H.sub.2]O in the following reaction:
His = [C.sub.6][H.sub.9][N.sub.3][O.sub.2] [right arrow] [H.sub.2]O + [C.sub.6][H.sub.7][N.sub.3]O (1)
This observation was confirmed in their opinion by a weight loss of 13-15%, in contradiction with our value of about 18% and incompatible with decarboxylation. The above authors consider that inner cyclization seems likely. However, the proposed structure of the residue would be in this case [C.sub.6][H.sub.9][N.sub.3]O (139 Da), so that a difference of 2 Da is arising.
All data supporting the results reported in the manuscript are included either in the manuscript itself or in the Supplementary materials.
Conflicts of Interest
The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.
This contribution was carried out within the research program "Chemical Thermodynamics" of the "Ilie Murgulescu" Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Romanian Academy. Support of the EU (ERDF) and Romanian Government for the acquisition of the research infrastructure under Project INFRANANOCHEM- No. 19/ 01.03.2009 is gratefully acknowledged. F.T. thanks the financial support of Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation (UEFISCDI) under Bridge Grant Contract 27BG/2016, AromaVer.
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A. Neacsu (iD), (1) D. Gheorghe (iD), (1) I. Contineanu, (1) A. M. Sofronia, (1) F. Teodorescu, (2) and S. Perisanu (iD) (3)
(1) Institute of Physical Chemistry "Ilie Murgulescu" of the Romanian Academy, 202 Splaiul Independentei St., 060021 Bucharest, Romania
(2) Centre of Organic Chemistry "C.D. Nenitescu" of the Romanian Academy, 202 B Splaiul Independentei St., 060023 Bucharest, Romania
(3) Department of General Chemistry, Polytechnic University of Bucharest, 1 St. Polizu, Bucharest, Romania
Correspondence should be addressed to D. Gheorghe; email@example.com and S. Perisanu; firstname.lastname@example.org
Received 19 September 2018; Revised 12 November 2018; Accepted 18 November 2018; Published 6 December 2018
Academic Editor: Joao Paulo Leal
Caption: Figure 1: DSC curves for L-, D-, and DL-histidines (10[degrees]C [min.sup.-1]).
Caption: Figure 2: TG-DTG curves for L-, D-, and DL-histidines.
Table 1: Polarimetric data of histidine stereoisomers. Isomeric Concentration [[alpha].sup.25 histidines (g [10.sup.-2] .sub.[lambda]] [mL.sup.-1]) L-histidine 1.128 -0.044 D-histidine 2.66 +0.103 DL-histidine 1.128 0 Isomeric [[alpha].sub.[lambda]] histidines literature  L-histidine -39.01 (25[degrees]C) D-histidine +39.80 (23[degrees]C) DL-histidine -- Table 2: Enthalpies of combustion and formation in solid state of isomeric histidines. Isomeric -[[DELTA].sub.c] -[[DELTA].sub.c] histidines U[degrees] H[degrees] (kJ x [mol.sup.-1]) (kJ x [mol.sup.-1]) L-histidine 3196.2 [+ or -] 2.4 3195.6 [+ or -] 2.4 D-histidine 3199.2 [+ or -] 2.3 3198.6 [+ or -] 2.3 DL-histidine 3196.4 [+ or -] 2.3 3195.8 [+ or -] 2.3 Isomeric -[[DELTA].sub.f] -[[DELTA].sub.f] histidines [H.sup.[degrees].sub.cr] [H.sup.[degrees].sub.cr] (kJ x [mol.sup.-1]) (kJ x [mol.sup.-1]) (this work) (a) (literature) L-histidine 451.7 [+ or -] 3.4 441.8 [+ or -] 2.6  466.7 [+ or -] 2.8  D-histidine 448.7 [+ or -] 3.3 DL-histidine 451.5 [+ or -] 3.3 Isomeric -[[DELTA].sub.f] histidines [H.sup.[degrees].sub.cr] (kJ x [mol.sup.-1]) (calculated) (b) L-histidine D-histidine 450.68 DL-histidine (a) Uncertainty included the uncertainties of the enthalpies of formation of the reaction products [H.sub.2]O and C[O.sub.2]. (b) Estimated value by means of the group additivity method, with parameters recommended by Domalski and Hearing . Table 3: DSC data of isomeric histidines (10[degrees]C [min.sup.-1]). Isomeric [T.sub.on_set] [T.sub.max] [T.sub.end_set] histidines ([degrees]C) ([degrees]C) ([degrees]C) L-histidine 277.1 282.1 287.6 D-histidine 272.8 282.4 290.3 DL-histidine 274.2 280.4 286.6 Isomeric [DELTA]H (kJ x [mol.sup.-1]) histidines L-histidine 72.6 (melting-decomposition) D-histidine 70.2 (melting-decomposition) DL-histidine 75.4 (melting-decomposition) Table 4: Thermogravimetric data of isomeric histidines (10 [degrees]C [min.sup.-1]). Isomers [DELTA]m (%)/ [DELTA]m (%)/ histidines [DELTA]t ([degrees]C) [DELTA]t ([degrees]C) L-histidine -17.98/244.1-300.1 -21.6/301.3-403.5 D-histidine -18.82/246.6-301.6 -21.17/301.6-402.0 DL-histidine -17.53/241.0-298.6 -21.79/298.6-400.0 Isomers [DELTA]m (%)/ [DELTA]m (%)/ histidines [DELTA]t ([degrees]C) (600[degrees]C) L-histidine -11.36/402.5-594.1 -52.37 D-histidine -10.63/402.0-594.2 -48.76 DL-histidine -10.97/400.0-595.0 -48.96 Table 5: Comparative values of melting-decomposition parameters of L-histidine reported by different researchers. [T.sub.on_set] [T.sub.max] [T.sub.end_set] Weight ([degrees]C) ([degrees]C) ([degrees]C) loss (%) 277.1 282.1 287.6 17.98 288 272 280 275 296 13 287 250 [T.sub.on_set] [DELTA]H Method Literature ([degrees]C) (kJ x [mol.sup.-1]) reference 277.1 72.6 TG/DSC This work 288 DSC  272 DSC/TGA  275 82 TG/DTA  287  250 TG/DTA  Table 6: Ideal gas state enthalpies of formation of isomeric histidines. Isomeric [[DELTA].sub.sub] [[DELTA].sub.sub] histidines H[degrees] (kJ x [H.sup.[degrees]] (kJ x [mol.sup.-1]) [mol.sup.-1])  [18-20] L-histidine 148 [+ or -] 10 182 D-histidine 148 [+ or -] 10 182 DL-histidine 148 [+ or -] 10 182 Isomeric -[[DELTA].sub.f] -[[DELTA].sub.f] histidines [H.sup.[degrees].sub.g] [H.sup.[degrees].sub.g] (kJ x [mol.sup.-1]) (a) (kJ x [mol.sup.-1]) (b) L-histidine 304 [+ or -] 14 270 D-histidine 301 [+ or -] 14 267 DL-histidine 304 [+ or -] 14 270 Isomeric -[[DELTA].sub.f] histidines [H.sup.[degrees].sub.g] (kJ x [mol.sup.-1]) (calculated) (c) L-histidine D-histidine 284.60 DL-histidine (a) Calculated with enthalpy of sublimation from column 2. (b) Calculated with enthalpy of sublimation from column 3. (c) Estimated value by means of the group additivity method, with parameters recommended by Domalski and Hearing .
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