, Volume 48, Issue 2, pp 103-111
Date: 29 Aug 2010

High resolution 13C-detected solid-state NMR spectroscopy of a deuterated protein

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High resolution 13C-detected solid-state NMR spectra of the deuterated beta-1 immunoglobulin binding domain of the protein G (GB1) have been collected to show that all 15N, 13C′, 13Cα and 13Cβ sites are resolved in 13C–13C and 15N–13C spectra, with significant improvement in T 2 relaxation times and resolution at high magnetic field (750 MHz). The comparison of echo T 2 values between deuterated and protonated GB1 at various spinning rates and under different decoupling schemes indicates that 13T 2′ times increase by almost a factor of two upon deuteration at all spinning rates and under moderate decoupling strength, and thus the deuteration enables application of scalar-based correlation experiments that are challenging from the standpoint of transverse relaxation, with moderate proton decoupling. Additionally, deuteration in large proteins is a useful strategy to selectively detect polar residues that are often important for protein function and protein–protein interactions.

The authors Ming Tang and Gemma Comellas contributed equally to this work.