Data analysis procedures for pulse ELDOR measurements of broad distance distributions

  • G. JeschkeEmail author
  • G. Panek
  • A. Godt
  • A. Bender
  • H. Paulsen


The reliability of procedures for extracting the distance distribution between spins from the dipolar evolution function is studied with particular emphasis on broad distributions. A new numerically stable procedure for fitting distance distributions with polynomial interpolation between sampling points is introduced and compared to Tikhonov regularization in the dipolar frequency and distance domains and to approximate Pake transformation. Distance distribution with only narrow peaks are most reliably extracted by distance-domain Tikhonov regularization, while frequency-domain Tikhonov regularization is favorable for distributions with only broad peaks. For the quantification of distributions by their mean distance and variance, Hermite polynomial interpolation provides the best results. Distributions that contain both broad and narrow peaks are most difficult to analyze. In this case a high signal-to-noise ratio is strictly required and approximate Pake transformation should be applied. A procedure is given for renormalizing primary experimental data from protein preparations with slightly different degrees of spin labelling, so that they can be compared directly. Performance of all the data analysis procedures is demonstrated on experimental data for a shape-persistent biradical with a label-to-label distance of 5 nm, for a [2]catenane with a broad distance distribution, and for a doubly spin-labelled double mutant of plant light harvesting complex II


Modulation Depth Tikhonov Regularization Pair Correlation Function Distance Distribution Neoxanthin 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Jeschke
    • 1
    Email author
  • G. Panek
    • 1
  • A. Godt
    • 2
  • A. Bender
    • 3
  • H. Paulsen
    • 3
  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for Polymer ResearchMainzGermany
  2. 2.Fakultät für ChemieUniversität BielefeldBielefeldGermany
  3. 3.Institut für Allgemeine BotanikUniversität MainzMainzGermany

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