Monday, February 27, 2017

Investigation of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins through Exchange with Hyperpolarized Water


Kurzbach, D., et al., Investigation of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins through Exchange with Hyperpolarized Water. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2017. 56(1): p. 389-392.


Hyperpolarized water can selectively enhance NMR signals of rapidly exchanging protons in osteopontin (OPN), a metastasis-associated intrinsically disordered protein (IDP), at near-physiological pH and temperature. The transfer of magnetization from hyperpolarized water is limited to solvent-exposed residues and therefore selectively enhances signals in 1H-15N correlation spectra. Binding to the polysaccharide heparin was found to induce the unfolding of preformed structural elements in OPN.