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Flexibilities of isoindoline-derived spin labels for nucleic acids by orientation selective PELDOR

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Abstract

Pulsed electron electron double resonance experiments with rigid spin labels can reveal very detailed information about the structure and conformational flexibility of nucleic acid molecules. On the other hand, the analysis of such data is more involved the distance and orientation information encoded in the time domain data need to be extracted and separated. In this respect studies with different spin labels with variable internal mobility are interesting and can help to unambiguously interpret the EPR data. Here orientation selective multi-frequency/multi-field 4-pulse PELDOR/DEER experiments with three recently presented semi-rigid or conformationally unambiguous isoindoline-derived spin labels were performed and simulated quantitatively by taking the spin label dynamics into account. PELDOR measurements were performed for a 20-mer dsDNA with two spin labels attached to two defined uridine derivatives. Measurements were recorded for different spin label positions within the double helical strand and for different magnetic field strengths. The experimental data sets were compared with simulations, taking into account the previously described dsDNA dynamics and the internal motions of the spin label itself, which had shown distinct differences between the three spin labels used. The ExImU spin label shows a free rotation around a single bond, which averages out orientation effects, without influencing the distance distribution as it can occur in other spin labels. The ImU and OxU spin label, on the other hand, show distinct orientation behaviour with minimal intrinsic motion. We could quantitatively determine this internal motion and demonstrate that the conformational dynamics of the nucleic acid and the spin label can be well separated by this approach.

Graphical abstract: Flexibilities of isoindoline-derived spin labels for nucleic acids by orientation selective PELDOR

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The article was received on 13 Apr 2016, accepted on 24 May 2016 and first published on 25 May 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6CP02475K
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016,18, 16196-16201
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    Flexibilities of isoindoline-derived spin labels for nucleic acids by orientation selective PELDOR

    N. Erlenbach, B. Endeward, P. Schöps, D. B. Gophane, S. Th. Sigurdsson and T. F. Prisner, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 16196
    DOI: 10.1039/C6CP02475K

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