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Journal/Book: J Biomol NMR
Published: 2009
Pages: 143–155
Volume: 45
Accession no.: 175

RNA phosphodiester backbone dynamics of a perdeuterated cUUCGg tetraloop RNA from phosphorus-31 NMR relaxation analysis.

Jörg Rinnenthal, Christian Richter, Senada Nozinovic, Boris Fürtig, Jakob J Lopez, Clemens Glaubitz, Harald Schwalbe
We have analyzed the relaxation properties of all (31)P nuclei in an RNA cUUCGg tetraloop model hairpin at proton magnetic field strengths of 300, 600 and 900 MHz in solution. Significant H, P dipolar contributions to R (1) and R (2) relaxation are observed in a protonated RNA sample at 600 MHz. These contributions can be suppressed using a perdeuterated RNA sample. In order to interpret the (31)P relaxation data (R (1), R (2)), we measured the (31)P chemical shift anisotropy (CSA) by solid-state NMR spectroscopy under various salt and hydration conditions. A value of 178.5 ppm for the (31)P CSA in the static state (S (2) = 1) could be determined. In order to obtain information about fast time scale dynamics we performed a modelfree analysis on the basis of our relaxation data. The results show that subnanosecond dynamics detected around the phosphodiester backbone are more pronounced than the dynamics detected for the ribofuranosyl and nucleobase moieties of the individual nucleotides (Duchardt and Schwalbe, J Biomol NMR 32:295-308, 2005; Ferner et al., Nucleic Acids Res 36:1928-1940, 2008). Furthermore, the dynamics of the individual phosphate groups seem to be correlated to the 5' neighbouring nucleobases.
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