Capturing the dynamic association between a tris-dipicolinate lanthanide complex and a decapeptide: a combined paramagnetic NMR and molecular dynamics exploration†
In the realm of biomolecules, peptides can present a large diversity of structures. Our study sheds new light on the structural interplay between a tris-dipicolinate lanthanide probe and a decapeptide SASYKTLPRG. Although a rather trivial, electrostatically driven interaction was expected, the combination of paramagnetic NMR and molecular dynamics simulations reveals a highly dynamic association process and allows for providing extensive insights into the interaction sites and their occupancy. This study highlights the importance of a large conformational sampling to reconcile characteristic time in NMR with molecular dynamics simulations, where sampling in the microsecond range is needed. This study opens the door for a detailed mechanistic elucidation of the early steps of lanthanide complex-peptide or lanthanide complex–protein interaction or self-assembly processes.