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What is the pKa of amino acid?

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The pKa of an amino acid depends upon its type, group and side chains. For example, when lysine is part of the carboxylic acid group, it has a pKa of 2.18, compared to a pKa of 8.95 when it is part of the amino group and 10.53 with side chains.

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When in the carboxylic acid group, most amino acids have pKa values of just over 2, with only histidine falling below with a pKa of 1.77. An acid with a pKa value below 2 is considered a strong acid, while those above are considered weak acids. Amino acids in the amino group have pKa values ranging from the high 8s to the low 10s.

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