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Exceeding the limit of dynamics studies on biomolecules using high spin-lock field strengths with a cryogenically cooled probehead.

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Giller,  K.
Department of NMR-Based Structural Biology, MPI for biophysical chemistry, Max Planck Society;

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Becker,  S.
Department of NMR-Based Structural Biology, MPI for biophysical chemistry, Max Planck Society;

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Griesinger,  C.
Department of NMR-Based Structural Biology, MPI for biophysical chemistry, Max Planck Society;

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Ban, D., Gossert, A. D., Giller, K., Becker, S., Griesinger, C., & Lee, D. (2012). Exceeding the limit of dynamics studies on biomolecules using high spin-lock field strengths with a cryogenically cooled probehead. Journal of Magnetic Resonance, 221, 1-4. doi:10.1016/j.jmr.2012.05.005.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-000F-9FF7-3
Abstract
Internal motions in the microsecond timescale have been proposed to play an active part in a protein’s biological function. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) relaxation dispersion is a robust method sensitive to this timescale with atomic resolution. However, due to technical limitations, the observation of motions faster than 40 l s for 15 N nuclei was not possible. We show that with a cryogenically cooled NMR probehead, a high spin-lock field strength can be generated that is able to detect motions as fast as 25 l s. We apply this high spin-lock field strength in an NMR experiment used for characterizing dynamical processes. An on-resonance rotating-frame transverse relaxation experiment was imple- mented that allows for the detection of a 25 l s process from a dispersion curve, and transverse relaxation rates were compared at low and high spin-lock field strengths showing that at high field strengths con- tributions from chemical exchange with lifetimes up to 25 l s can be removed. Due to the increase in sen- sitivity towards fast motion, relaxation dispersion for a residue that undergoes smaller chemical shift variations due to dynamics was identified. This technique reduces the previously inaccessible window between the correlation time and the relaxation dispersion window that covers four orders of magnitude by a factor of 2.