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  • Q:

    The pKa of the amino acid tyrosine is between 10.0 and 10.3. Tyrosine molecule R groups are phenolics, with the hydroxyl hydrogen titrating in the pH range given. If a given solution of tyrosine molecules is brought from pH 9 to pH 11, what do you expect to occur to the hydroxyl group?

     

    A

    The hydroxyl will go from being protonated at pH 9 to being deprotonated at pH 11

    B

    The hydroxyl will go from being deprotonated at pH 9 to being protonated at pH 11

    C

    The hydroxyl will remain deprotonated during the pH shift

    D

    The hydroxyl will remain protonated during the pH shift




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