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Optimizing fluorine labelling for 19F solid-state NMR in oriented biological systems

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When planning a fluorine labeling strategy for 19F solid state NMR (ssNMR) studies of the structure and/or mobility of fluorine labeled compounds in situ in an oriented biological system, it is important to characterize the NMR properties of the label. This manuscript focuses on the characterization of a selection of aromatic fluorine compounds in dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine bilayers using 19F ssNMR from the standpoint of determining the optimum arrangement of fluorine nuclei on a pendant aromatic ring before incorporation into more complex biological systems.

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The authors thank Kieran Cockburn for assistance in preparation of the DMPC samples with 4-FBA and 3,5-FBA.


This study was supported by grants from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (B.D.S., G-14-0005884), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) (B.D.S., 37769), the Faculty of Medicine Transitional Program and CIHR Fellowship (I.M.R, RES0020860).

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Robertson, I.M., Klein, B.A. & Sykes, B.D. Optimizing fluorine labelling for 19F solid-state NMR in oriented biological systems. J Biomol NMR 74, 1–7 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10858-019-00296-8

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  • 19F NMR
  • Fluorine labelling
  • Solid-state NMR
  • Chemical shift anisotropy