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Analysis of Protein Dynamics in the Solid-State from Lineshape Analysis of 2H NMR with Magic Angle Spinning

We have provided a new approach to the analysis of dynamic NMR lineshapes from polycrystalline (i.e., macroscopically disordered) samples in the presence of Magic Angle Spinning (MAS). This is an application of the Stochastic Liouville Equation developed by Freed and co-workers for treating restricted (i.e., microscopically ordered) motions. The 2H nucleus in an internally-mobile C–CD3 moiety serves as a prototype probe. The acronym is 2H/MOMD/MAS, where MOMD stands for "microscopic-order-macroscopic-disorder." The key elements describing internal motions – their type, the local spatial restrictions, and related features of local geometry – are treated in MOMD, within their rigorous three-dimensional tensorial requirements. Based on this representation a single physically well-defined model of local motion has the capability of reproducing extensive experimental spectra. There exist other methods for analyzing dynamic 2H/MAS spectra which advocate simple motional modes, but they require either unusual parameter values, or combine several simple motional modes. The latter reasoning assumes independence of the constituent modes, features ambiguity as different simple modes may be used, renders inter-system comparison difficult. 2H/MOMD/MAS is free of such limitations and inherently provides a clear physical interpretation. The advantage of 2H/MOMD/MAS in dealing with sensitive but hardly investigated slow-motional lineshapes is demonstrated by applying it to actual experimental data. The results of the analyses differ from those obtained previously with a two-site exchange scheme that yielded unusual parameters.

Funding: P41GM103521 (to JHF), Isr. Sci. Foundation No. 469/15 (to EM); Isr.-U.S. Binational Sci. Foundation No. 2016097 (to EM & JHF).

Publication: Meirovitch E, Liang Z, and Freed JH. Solid State Nucl. Magn. Reson. 89, 35-44 (2018); PMCID: PMC5772661.

Fig. 1: Coordinate frames associated with 2H/MOMD/MAS: Q, PAS of the quadrupolar tensor, fixed in the probe; M, PAS of the local ordering/local diffusion tensor, fixed in the probe; C, local director frame, fixed in the molecule; R, rotor frame; L, space-fixed lab frame. Fig. 2: 2H MOMD/MAS spectra calculated for c02= 2.0 (parts a–d) and c02= 4.0 (parts e–h). logR is 3.0 in parts a and e, 4.0 in parts b and f, 5.0 in parts c and g, and 6.0 in parts d and h. The intrinsic linewidth, (T2*)-1 , is 1 kHz and <Q> is 53.06 kHz; νrot = 6 kHz.
Eva Meirovitch (Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, Bar-Ilan University, Israel) Zhichun Liang and Jack H. Freed (ACERT)
June, 2017