Journal of Biomolecular NMR

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 101–105 | Cite as

Measurement of one-bond 15N-13C′ dipolar couplings in medium sized proteins

  • James J. Chou
  • Frank Delaglio
  • Ad Bax


A simple and accurate method is described for measurement of 1JC′N splittings in isotopically enriched proteins. The method is of the quantitative J correlation type, and the 1JC′N splitting is derived from the relative intensity in two 3D TROSY-HNCO spectra with 1JC′N dephasing intervals of ∼1/(21JC′N) (reference intensity) and ∼1/1JC′N (residual intensity). If the two spectra are recorded under identical conditions and with the same number of scans, the random error in the 1JC′N value extracted in this manner is inversely related to the signal-to-noise (S/N) in the reference spectrum. A S/N of 30:1 in the reference spectrum yields random errors of less than 0.2 Hz in the extracted 1JC′N value. Dipolar couplings obtained from the difference in 1JC′N splitting in the isotropic and liquid crystalline phase for the C-terminal domain of calmodulin are in excellent agreement with its 1.68-Å crystal structure, but agree considerably less with the 2.2-Å structure.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • James J. Chou
    • 1
  • Frank Delaglio
    • 1
  • Ad Bax
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Chemical Physics, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney DiseasesNational Institutes of HealthBethesdaU.S.A.

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