Journal of Biomolecular NMR

, Volume 31, Issue 4, pp 279–293 | Cite as

Residual backbone and side-chain 13C and 15N resonance assignments of the intrinsic transmembrane light-harvesting 2 protein complex by solid-state Magic Angle Spinning NMR spectroscopy

  • A. J. van Gammeren
  • F. B. Hulsbergen
  • J. G. Hollander
  • H. J. M. de GrootEmail author


This study reports the sequence specific chemical shifts assignments for 76 residues of the 94 residues containing monomeric unit of the photosynthetic light-harvesting 2 transmembrane protein complex from Rhodopseudomonas acidophila strain 10050, using Magic Angle Spinning (MAS) NMR in combination with extensive and selective biosynthetic isotope labeling methods. The sequence specific chemical shifts assignment is an essential step for structure determination by MAS NMR. Assignments have been performed on the basis of 2-dimensional proton-driven spin diffusion 13C–13C correlation experiments with mixing times of 20 and 500 ms and band selective 13C–15N correlation spectroscopy on a series of site-specific biosynthetically labeled samples. The decreased line width and the reduced number of correlation signals of the selectively labeled samples with respect to the uniformly labeled samples enable to resolve the narrowly distributed correlation signals of the backbone carbons and nitrogens involved in the long α-helical transmembrane segments. Inter-space correlations between nearby residues and between residues and the labeled BChl a cofactors, provided by the 13C–13C correlation experiments using a 500 ms spin diffusion period, are used to arrive at sequence specific chemical shift assignments for many residues in the protein complex. In this way it is demonstrated that MAS NMR methods combined with site-specific biosynthetic isotope labeling can be used for sequence specific assignment of the NMR response of transmembrane proteins.


biosynthesis pattern isotope labeling transmembrane protein complex sequential assignment solid-state magic angle spinning NMR 



light-harvesting 2 protein


proton driven spin diffusion.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. J. van Gammeren
    • 1
  • F. B. Hulsbergen
    • 1
  • J. G. Hollander
    • 1
  • H. J. M. de Groot
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Leiden Institute of ChemistryGorlaeus Laboratoria, Leiden UniversityThe Netherlands

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