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J Biomol NMR. 2010 Jun;47(2):155-62. doi: 10.1007/s10858-010-9417-9. Epub 2010 Apr 16.

Comparison of fast backbone dynamics at amide nitrogen and carbonyl sites in dematin headpiece C-terminal domain and its S74E mutant.

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Department of Chemistry and Environment and Natural Resources Institute, University of Alaska at Anchorage, 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508, USA.


We perform a detailed comparison of fast backbone dynamics probed at amide nitrogen versus carbonyl carbon sites for dematin headpiece C-terminal domain (DHP) and its S74E mutant (DHPS74E). Carbonyl dynamics is probed via auto-correlated longitudinal rates and transverse C'/C'-C(alpha) CSA/dipolar and C'/C'-N CSA/dipolar cross-correlated rates, while (15)N data are taken from a previous study. Resulting values of effective order parameters and internal correlation times support the conclusion that C' relaxation reports on a different subset of fast motions compared to those probed at N-H bond vectors in the same peptide planes. (13)C' order parameters are on the average 0.08 lower than (15)N order parameters with the exception of the flexible loop region in DHP. The reduction of mobility in the loop region upon the S74E mutation can be seen from the (15)N order parameters but not from the (13)C order parameters. Internal correlation times at (13)C' sites are on the average an order of magnitude longer than those at (15)N sites for the well-structured C-terminal subdomains, while the more flexible N-terminal subdomains have more comparable average internal correlation times.

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