Pulsed electron-electron double resonance: Beyond nanometre distance measurements on biomacromolecules

Gunnar W. Reginsson, Olav Schiemann

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PELDOR (or DEER; pulsed electron-electron double resonance) is an EPR (electron paramagnetic resonance) method that measures via the dipolar electron-electron coupling distances in the nanometre range, currently 1.5-8 nm, with high precision and reliability.Depending on the quality of the data, the error can be as small as 0.1 nm. Beyond mere mean distances, PELDOR yields distance distributions, which provide access to conformational distributions and dynamics. It can also be used to count the number of monomers in a complex and allows determination of the orientations of spin centres with respect to each other. If, in addition to the dipolar through-space coupling, a through-bond exchange coupling mechanism contributes to the overall coupling both mechanisms can be separated and quantified. Over the last 10 years PELDOR has emerged as a powerful new biophysical method without size restriction to the biomolecule to be studied, and has been applied to a large variety of nucleic acids as well as proteins and protein complexes in solution or within membranes. Small nitroxide spin labels, paramagnetic metal ions, amino acid radicals or intrinsic clusters and cofactor radicals have been used as spin centres.

Upprunalegt tungumálEnska
Síður (frá-til)353-363
FræðitímaritBiochemical Journal
Númer tölublaðs3
ÚtgáfustaðaÚtgefið - 15 mar. 2011


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