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Journal of Biomolecular NMR

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 315-320

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Novel three-dimensional 1H−13C−31P triple resonance experiments for sequential backbone correlations in nucleic acids

  • Gabriele VaraniAffiliated withMRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
  • , Fareed Aboul-elaAffiliated withMRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
  • , Frederic AllainAffiliated withMRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
  • , Charles C. GubserAffiliated withMRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

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Backbone-driven assignment methods that utilize covalent connectivities have greatly facilitated spectral assignments of proteins. In nucleic acids, 1H−13C−31P correlations could play a similar role, and several related experiments (HCP) have recently been presented for backbone-driven sequential assignments in RNA. The three-dimensional extension of 1H−31P Het-Cor (P,H-COSY-H,C-HMQC) and Het-TOCSY (P,H-TOCSY-H,C-HMQC) experiments presented here complements HCP experiments as tools for spectral assignments and extraction of dihydral angle constraints. By relying on 1H−31P rather than 13C−31P couplings to generate cross peaks, the strongest connectivities are observed in different spectral regions, increasing the likelihood of resolving spectral overlap. In addition, semiquantitative estimates of 1H−31P and 13C−31P couplings provide dihedral angle constraints for RNA structure determination.


1H−13C−31P correlation RNA structure determination Dihedral angle constraints Spectral assignments