Backbone dynamics of the natively unfolded pro-peptide of subtilisin by heteronuclear NMR relaxation studies

A. V. Buevich, U. P. Shinde, M. Inouye, J. Baum

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The dynamics of the natively unfolded form of the pro-peptide of subtilisin (PPS) have been characterized at two different pHs (6.0 and 3.0) by 15N relaxation experiments. 15N relaxation data is obtained at multiple field strengths and a detailed comparison of spectral density mapping, the model free approach and the recently proposed Cole-Cole model free (CC-MF) analysis is presented. The CC-MF analysis provides a better fit to the observed magnetic field dependence of 15N relaxation data of unfolded PPS than conventional model free approaches and shows that fluctuations in R2 may be accounted for by a distribution of correlation times on the nanosecond timescale. A new parameter ε derives from the analysis and represents the width of the distribution function and the heterogeneity of the dynamics on the nanosecond timescale at a particular site. Particularly interesting is the observation that ε is sensitive to pH changes and that PPS samples a wider distribution of nanosecond time scale motions at less acidic pHs than at more acidic pHs. These results suggest that PPS experiences a higher degree of correlated motion at pH 6.0 and that electrostatic interactions may be important for inducing correlated motions on the nanosecond timescale in unfolded PPS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number354326
Pages (from-to)233-249
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Biomolecular NMR
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Backbone protein dynamics
  • Cole-Cole model free analysis
  • Model free analysis
  • N relaxation
  • Natively unfolded proteins
  • Spectral density mapping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Spectroscopy


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