Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

, Volume 405, Issue 10, pp 3035–3048 | Cite as

Advances in glycosaminoglycanomics by 15N-NMR spectroscopy

  • Vitor H. Pomin


Recent developments to enhance sensitivity in solution NMR spectroscopy such as the advent and spread of the use of high magnetic fields, cryoprobe technology, isotopic labeling techniques, and new combinations of 2D experiments have pushed the limits in structural NMR analysis of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). This review is dedicated to the less sensitive 15N isotope of hexosamines rather than the commonly used anomeric and ring 1H and 13C resonances of uronic acids and hexosamines. Given that GAG types are basically classified on the basis of their composing hexosamine types together with variations of their sulfation patterns, and epimerized forms of the adjacent uronic acids, 15N-related NMR studies on native GAGs, oligosaccharides, or the various composing amino sugars have proved to be quite useful in the retrieval of both structural and dynamic information, despite the low number of resultant peaks. This in turn reduces significantly chemical shift degeneracy and at the same time facilitates spin and structural assignments. This review covers the principal contributions made so far by solution 15N-NMR spectroscopy to progress in the structural biology of GAGs in the current glycomics age.


Glycosaminoglycans and the typical position of their 1H-15N resonances


Amino sugars Biomolecular NMR Glycosaminoglycans 15N-NMR 



I am grateful to James H. Prestegard, from the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, University of Georgia, USA, for the great postdoctorate experience in his laboratory, in which I started my studies of glycosaminoglycanomics by 15N-NMR spectroscopy.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Program of Glycobiology, Institute of Medical Biochemistry, and University Hospital Clementino Fraga Filho, Federal University of Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil

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