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Eur Biophys J. 1999;28(2):119-32.

Calculation of NMR relaxation, covolume, and scattering-related properties of bead models using the SOLPRO computer program.

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  • 1Departamento de Química Física, Universidad de Murcia, Spain.


The hydrodynamic properties of macromolecules and bioparticles, represented by bead models, can be calculated using methods implemented in the computer routine HYDRO. Recently, a new computer routine, SOLPRO, has been presented for the calculation of various SOLution PROperties. These include (1) time-dependent electro-optic and spectroscopic properties related to rotational diffusion, (2) non-dynamic properties like scattering curves, and (3) dimensionless quantities that combine two or more solution properties in a form which depends on the shape of the macromolecule but not on its size. In the present work we describe the inclusion of more of those types of properties in a new version of SOLPRO. Particularly, we describe the calculation of relaxation rates in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). For dipolar coupling, given the direction of the dipole the program calculates values of the spectral density, from which the NMR relaxation times can be obtained. We also consider scattering-related properties, namely the distribution of distances for the bead model, which is directly related to the angular dependence of scattered intensity, and the particle's longest distance. We have devised and programmed a procedure to calculate the covolume of the bead model, related to the second virial coefficient and, in general, to the concentration dependence of solution properties. Various shape-dependent dimensionless quantities involving the covolume are calculated. In this paper we also discuss some aspects, namely bead overlapping and hydration, that are not explicitly included in SOLPRO, but should be considered by the user.

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