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Title: NMR spin relaxation in proteins: The patterns of motion that dissipate power to the bath

We developed in recent years the two-body coupled-rotator slowly relaxing local structure (SRLS) approach for the analysis of NMR relaxation in proteins. The two bodies/rotators are the protein (diffusion tensor D{sub 1}) and the spin-bearing probe, e.g., the {sup 15}N−{sup 1}H bond (diffusion tensor, D{sub 2}), coupled by a local potential (u). A Smoluchowski equation is solved to yield the generic time correlation functions (TCFs), which are sums of weighted exponentials (eigenmodes). By Fourier transformation one obtains the generic spectral density functions (SDFs) which underlie the experimental relaxation parameters. The typical paradigm is to characterize structural dynamics in terms of the best-fit values of D{sub 1}, D{sub 2}, and u. Additional approaches we pursued employ the SRLS TCFs, SDFs, or eigenmodes as descriptors. In this study we develop yet another perspective. We consider the SDF as function of the angular velocity associated with the fluctuating fields underlying NMR relaxation. A parameter called j-fraction, which represents the relative contribution of eigenmode, i, to a given value of the SDF function at a specific frequency, ω, is defined. j-fraction profiles of the dominant eigenmodes are derived for 0 ≤ ω ≤ 10{sup 12} rad/s. They reveal which patterns of motion actuate powermore » dissipation at given ω-values, what are their rates, and what is their relative contribution. Simulations are carried out to determine the effect of timescale separation, D{sub 1}/D{sub 2}, axial potential strength, and local diffusion axiality. For D{sub 1}/D{sub 2} ≤ 0.01 and strong local potential of 15 k{sub B}T, power is dissipated by global diffusion, renormalized (by the strong potential) local diffusion, and probe diffusion on the surface of a cone (to be called cone diffusion). For D{sub 1}/D{sub 2} = 0.1, power is dissipated by mixed eigenmodes largely of a global-diffusion-type or cone-diffusion-type, and a nearly bare renormalized-local-diffusion eigenmode. For D{sub 1}/D{sub 2} > 0.1, most eigenmodes are of a mixed type. The analysis is affected substantially by reducing the potential strength from 15 to 5 k{sub B}T, and/or allowing for axial D{sub 2} with D{sub 2,∥}/D{sub 2,⊥} = 10. The scheme developed is applied to {sup 15}N−{sup 1}H relaxation from the β-sheet residue K19 and the α-helix residue A34 of the third immunoglobulin-binding domain of streptococcal protein G. Previous studies revealed rhombic local potentials with different rhombicity around C{sub i−1}{sup α}−C{sub i}{sup α}, and different timescale separation (0.047 for K19 and 0.102 for A34). Here, we find that K19 and A34 dissipate power to the bath through global diffusion, mixed cone-diffusion-related and mixed renormalized-local-diffusion-related motions. At small ω-values, A34 is more effective than K19 in dissipating power. In general, it executes faster cone-diffusion-type, and slower renormalized-local-diffusion-type and local-probe-fluctuation-type motions. K19 experiences faster N−H fluctuations than A34. Eigenmode clustering, experienced by K19 to a larger extent, is observed in the fast-probe-fluctuation regime. New information on the effect of the structural context on N−H bond dynamics has been obtained. The patterns of motion that dissipate NMR-relaxation-related power illuminate protein dynamics from a new perspective. They constitute yet another qualifier of N−H bond dynamics. This study sets the stage for developing ways for enhancing the contribution of desired pathways for power dissipation at selected angular velocities.« less
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  1. The Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan 52900-02 (Israel)
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Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 140; Journal Issue: 15; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
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United States