Perdeuteration/Site-Specific Protonation Approaches for High-Molecular-Weight Proteins

  • Stephen Matthews
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology™ book series (MIMB, volume 278)


Among the factors that limit the application of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to biological macromolecules are increasing resonance overlap and fast transverse relaxation. Multidimensional NMR combined with 13C and 15N labeling has alleviated these problems temporarily; however, they resurface at molecular weight (mol wt) in excess of 30 kDa. Combined perdeuteration/site-specific protonation together with segmental labeling (see  Chapter 4), transverse relaxation-optimized spectroscopy (TROSY) (see  Chapter 5), and residual dipolar couplings (see  Chapter 7) have all helped to dramatically extend the mol wt limit. This article describes some of the practical aspects of the combined perdeuteration/site-specific protonation approach, which has proved so useful in the global fold determination of large proteins.

Key Words

Perdeuteration site-specific protonation large proteins global folds residual dipolar couplings 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Matthews
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological Sciences, Imperial College of ScienceTechnology and MedicineLondonUK

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