Journal of Biomolecular NMR

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 297–306 | Cite as

Measurement of two- and three-bond 13C−1H J couplings to the Cδ carbons of leucine residues in staphylococcal nuclease

  • Geerten W. Vuister
  • Toshimasa Yamazaki
  • Dennis A. Torchia
  • Ad Bax
Research Papers


A new 1H-detected 3D NMR experiment is described that permits quantitative measurement of two- and three-bond 13C−1H couplings in proteins with selectively 13C-enriched methyl sites. The method is demonstrated for staphylococcal nuclease selectively [5,5 13C]-labeled in all 11 leucine positions and ligated with thymidine 3′,5′-biphosphate and Ca2+. Two- and three-bond 13C methyl-proton couplings are reported and, together with the measured three-bond JCαCδ in uniformly 13C-enriched staphylococcal nuclease, the χ2- and the stereospecific assignments of the Cδ methyl group with respect to the prochiral β-protons were determined. The same residues that were previously found to have high degrees of internal mobility on the basis of 13C relaxation times have measured coupling constants that are indicative of motional averaging.


3D NMR Long-range J coupling Carbon-carbon J coupling χ2 Torsion angle Stereospecific assignment Protein dynamics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Geerten W. Vuister
    • 1
  • Toshimasa Yamazaki
    • 2
  • Dennis A. Torchia
    • 2
  • Ad Bax
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Chemical Physics, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney DiseasesNational Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.Bone Research Branch, National Institute of Dental ResearchNational Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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