Journal of Biomolecular NMR

, Volume 62, Issue 1, pp 7–15 | Cite as

MAS solid state NMR of proteins: simultaneous 15N–13CA and 15N–13CO dipolar recoupling via low-power symmetry-based RF pulse schemes

  • Christian Herbst
  • Peter Bellstedt
  • Matthias Görlach
  • Ramadurai RamachandranEmail author


The generation of efficient RN n νs,νk symmetry-based low-power RF pulse schemes for simultaneous 15N–13CA and 15N–13CO dipolar recoupling is demonstrated. The method involves mixing schemes employing phase and amplitude-modulated dual band-selective 180° pulses as basic “R” element and tailoring of the RF field-modulation profile of the 180° pulses so as to obtain efficient magnetisation transfer characteristics over the resonance offset range of the nuclei involved. Mixing schemes leading to simultaneous 15N–13CA and 15N–13CO dipolar recoupling would permit the one-shot acquisition of different chemical shift correlation spectra that are typically utilized for protein backbone resonance assignments and thereby save data acquisition time. At representative MAS frequencies the efficacies of the mixing schemes presented here have been experimentally demonstrated via the simultaneous acquisition of {3D CONH and 3D CANH}, {3D CONH and 3D CO(CA)NH} and {3D CONH, 3D CANH, 3D CO(CA)NH and 3D CA(CO)NH} spectra generated via the magnetisation transfer pathways 1H → 13CO → 15N → 1H (CONH), 1H → 13CA → 15N → 1H (CANH) and 1H → 13CO → 13CA → 15N → 1H (CO(CA)NH) and 1H → 13CA → 13CO → 15N → 1H (CA(CO)NH).


MAS solids state NMR Symmetry-based mixing Protein resonance assignment Dipolar recoupling Chemical shift correlation 



The FLI is a member of the Science Association’Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz’ (WGL) and is financially supported by the Federal Government of Germany and the State of Thuringia.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Herbst
    • 1
    • 2
  • Peter Bellstedt
    • 1
  • Matthias Görlach
    • 1
  • Ramadurai Ramachandran
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Research group Biomolecular NMR SpectroscopyLeibniz Institute for Age Research, Fritz Lipmann InstituteJenaGermany
  2. 2.Department of Physics, Faculty of ScienceUbon Ratchathani UniversityUbon RatchathaniThailand

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