Mar 8, 2019

In-Cell NMR: Analysis of Protein–Small Molecule Interactions, Metabolic Processes, and Protein Phosphorylation

Kumar, Amit, Lars Kuhn, and Jochen Balbach. “In-Cell NMR: Analysis of Protein–Small Molecule Interactions, Metabolic Processes, and Protein Phosphorylation.” International Journal of Molecular Sciences 20, no. 2 (January 17, 2019): 378.


Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy enables the non-invasive observation of biochemical processes, in living cells, at comparably high spectral and temporal resolution. Preferably, means of increasing the detection limit of this powerful analytical method need to be applied when observing cellular processes under physiological conditions, due to the low sensitivity inherent to the technique. In this review, a brief introduction to in-cell NMR, protein–small molecule interactions, posttranslational phosphorylation, and hyperpolarization NMR methods, used for the study of metabolites in cellulo, are presented. Recent examples of method development in all three fields are conceptually highlighted, and an outlook into future perspectives of this emerging area of NMR research is given.