Slice & Dice: nested spin–lattice relaxation measurements†
Spin–lattice relaxation rate (R1) measurements are commonly used to characterize protein dynamics. However, the time needed to collect the data can be quite long due to long relaxation times of the low-gamma nuclei, especially in the solid state. We present a method to collect backbone heavy atom relaxation data by nesting the collection of datasets in the solid state. This method results in a factor of 2 to 2.5 times faster data acquisition for backbone R1 relaxation data for the 13C and 15N sites of proteins.