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At this point, we have used COSY and TOCSY to connect spin systems. i.e. if there are 8 arginines in the protein, we would aim to find 8 arginine patterns. Overlap or missing signals may hamper us in this initial goal. The next step is to use NOESY experiments to sequentially link the amino acid spin systems together. The nuclear Overhauser enhancement provides data on internuclear distances. These can be more directly correlated with molecular structure.

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W 2 flip flip W 0 flip flop Consider 2 protons, I and S, not J-coupled but close in space W 1s W 1I W 1S W 1I W 1 is the normal transition - gives rise to a peak in the spectrum W 1 requires frequencies or magnetic field fluctuations near the Larmor precession frequency i.e or 10 9 (100 MHz to 1000 MHz). W 2 requires frequencies at w I + w s, or to a good approximation, 2w I. W o requires frequencies at w I -w s, or to a good approximation. So what fields are present that can cause this relaxation?

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Spectral Density 2 - Rotational correlation time c small molecules tumble more quickly large molecules tumble more slowly rotational correlation time [in ns] approx. equal to 0.5 molecular mass [in kDa] 1 kDa = 1000 atomic mass units

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For a small molecule, c is small (~0.3ns) and the product c is << 1 In this extreme narrowing limit, rotational motions include 2 o (i.e. fast motions) and W 2 is preferred. In large molecules (PROTEINS!), the tumbling is slow and c > 1. W o connects energy levels of similar energy so only low frequencies are required. Therefore this is the preferred mechanism in large molecules. It is known as cross-relaxation.

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t2t2 90 o t1t1 (magnetisation components of interest lie along -z) Cross relaxation now occurs to nearby nuclei. Mixing time In the 2D NOESY experiment, an additional mixing time is added to the basic COSY sequence. The result is a build up of magnetisation from one nucleus to a close neighbour.

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The NOE operates through space, it does not require the nuclei to be chemically bonded. The build-up is proportional to the separation of the two nuclei nuclear separation If we calibrate this function by measuring a known distance in the protein and the intensity of the NOE, we can write where k is a proportionality constant

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The power of the NOESY experiment is that the intensity of an NOE peak will be related to the nuclear separation. Strong NOE crosspeaks Å Weak NOE crosspeaks Å Extending the mixing time will permit nuclei separated by 5Å - not all spin systems will give a detectable peak though. So the absence of a peak does not preclude close approach. Similarly a weaker crosspeak does not always prove a larger internuclear distance. * Therefore tend to be cautious and define distance ranges. Strong ( Å), medium ( Å), weak ( Å). Since this works through space we can use the NOE to connect spin systems that we assigned with the COSY and TOCSY spectra.

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