The crystal structures of 2-mercaptoethylamine hydrochloride and 3-mercaptopropylamine hydrochloride were determined in a study of the conformation of radioprotectant compounds. 2-Mercaptoethylamine is in a gauche conformation in the hydrochloride crystal and sulfur-nitrogen interaction is present, but the conformation of 3-mercaptopropylamine in the hydrochloride crystal shows no sulfur-nitrogen interaction.

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