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In this paper a review of recent results concerning thermodynamic properties of solid uncharged derivatives of some amino acids and small peptides is reported. The experimental data obtained by different calorimetric methods are: sublimation enthalpies, heat capacities, enthalpies and temperatures of fusion and, in few cases, enthalpies and temperatures of solid-to-solid transitions. The standard molar and specific enthalpies and entropies of sublimation at 298.15 K have been calculated integrating the heat capacities of solids and vapours as function of temperature or directly measuring by calorimetry the heating enthalpies. The first ones have been obtained by interpolation of the values calculated according to the group additivity method of Benson. The sublimation thermodynamic properties have regarded N-acetylamides of glycine (NAGA), L-alanine (L-NAAA), L-valine (L-NAVA), D- and L-leucine (D-NALA and L-NALA, respectively) and L-isoleucine (L-NAIA) as well as the cyclic dipeptides glycyl-glycine (c-Gly-Gly), glycyl-L-alanine (c-Gly-L-Ala), L-alanyl-L-alanine (c-L-Ala-L-Ala) and sarcosyl-sarcosine (c-Sar-Sar). Heat capacities of the solid phases have been included also for N-acetylamide of L-proline (L-NAPA), N-methyl derivatives of the N-acetylamides previously cited and other amino acids, such as phenylalanine (F), isobutyric acid (isoBu), norvaline (norV) and norleucine (norL). In the text these substances are indicated as NAFAMe, etc. The heat capacities of their racemes are also reported. The fusion properties have concerned only two raceme mixtures (D,L-NAAA and D,L-NALA) and N-acetylamides of the cited amino acids, sarcosine (NASarA) and the following di-or tripeptides: glycyl-L-alanine (NAGAA), L-alanyl-L-alanine (NAA2A), glycyl-L-proline (NAGPA), L-prolyl-glycine (NAPGA), L-leucyl-L-proline (NALPA) and L-prolyl-L-leucyl-glycine (NAPLGA). Finally, solid-to-solid transitions have been found and characterized for L-NALA and NAGPA. All thermodynamic properties are discussed in the light of the crystal packing parameters determined during parallel crystallographic studies. It allows a comprehensive rationale of the behaviour of the solid state and its transitions for this interesting family of substances.

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Crystal structures together with enthalpies and temperatures of fusion of two substituted amino acids, N-acetylsarcosinamide (NASarA) and N-acetyl-L-isoleucinamide (NAIA), were determined by single crystal X-ray analysis and differential scanning calorimetry, respectively. The results were compared with those of some analogous amino acid derivatives previously studied. The detailed knowledge of crystallographic parameters is undoubtedly useful for discussing the thermodynamic results and rationalizing the fusion behaviour, owing to the rather poor knowledge of the molecular interactions occurring in the melt.

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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors: G. Barone, C. Giancola, T. H. Lilley, C. A. Mattia, and R. Puliti

Enthalpies and temperatures of fusion or transition for four substituted dipeptides (Nacetylamides of glycyl-L-alanine (NAGAA),L-alanyl-L-alanine (NAA2A),L-prolyl-glycine (NAPGA) andL-leucyl-L-proline monohydrate (NALPA·H2O)) were determined by differential scanning calorimetry and the entropies of fusion derived. The results obtained have been compared with those of the corresponding substituted aminoacids and some of their racemic crystalline mixtures. The enthalpies and entropies of fusion of some substituted aminoacids have been redetermined. The results are discussed in comparison with crystal structural data, which has been reported in the literature or determined recently by some of the authors. Rationalization of the fusion parameters was attempted mainly on the basis of the number of intramolecular hydrogen bonds and the packing densities in the crystals.

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