Detection of correlated conformational fluctuations in intrinsically disordered proteins through paramagnetic relaxation interference†
Functionally relevant conformational states of intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) are typically concealed in a vast space of fast interconverting structures. Here we present a novel methodology, NMR-based paramagnetic relaxation interference (PRI), that allows for direct observation of concerted motions and cooperatively folded sub-states in IDPs. The proposed NMR technique is based on the exploitation of cross correlated electron-nuclear dipolar relaxation interferences in doubly spin-labeled proteins and probes the transient spatial encounter of electron-nucleus spin pairs.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Exploring the conformational heterogeneity of biomolecules: theory and experiments