A simple method to measure 13CH2 heteronuclear dipolar cross-correlation spectral densities

Djaudat Idiyatullin, Vladimir A. Daragan, Kevin H. Mayo

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Here, we report a method to simultaneously determine CH2 cross-correlation spectral densities and T1 relaxation times in the laboratory and rotating frames. To accomplish this, we have employed an indirect approach that is based on measurement of differences in relaxation rates acquired with and without cross-correlation terms. The new method, which can be employed using multidimensional NMR and standard relaxation pulse sequences, is validated experimentally by investigation of a selectively 13C-enriched hexadecapeptide and the uniformly 13C-enriched immunoglobulin-binding domain of streptococcal protein G (GB1). Use of this approach makes determination of CH2 cross-correlation spectral densities in uniformly 13C-enriched proteins now routine and provides novel information concerning their internal motions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-9
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Magnetic Resonance
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 2004

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by a research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH, GM-58005) and benefited from use of the high field NMR facility at the University of Minnesota. NMR instrumentation was provided with funds from the NSF (BIR-961477), the University of Minnesota Medical School, and the Minnesota Medical Foundation. Computer resources were provided by the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute.


  • Cross-correlations
  • NMR relaxation


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