D. Auguin, V. Catherinot, T. E. Malliavin, J. L. Pons, M. A. Delsuc, "Superposition of chemical shifts in NMR spectra can be overcome to determine automatically the structure of a protein", Journal of Spectroscopy, vol. 17, Article ID 401463, 10 pages, 2003. https://doi.org/10.1155/2003/401463
Superposition of chemical shifts in NMR spectra can be overcome to determine automatically the structure of a protein
We are here addressing the problem of the automatic determination of a protein structure at atomic resolution, by using only the signal recorded on three spectra: 2D 15N HSQC, 3D 15N NOESY-HSQC and TOCSY-HSQC. A modified version of the neural network RESCUE (J.L. Pons and M.A. Delsuc, J. Biomol. NMR 15 (1999), 15−26), N15-RESCUE, is developed in order to predict the amino-acid type from only the 15N, HN, Hα and Hβ chemical shifts. The spatial distances between protein residues are estimated by automatic comparison of columns extracted from a 3D 15N NOESY-HSQC spectrum, using the FIRE method (T.E. Malliavin, P. Barthe and M.A. Delsuc, Theor. Chem. Accts 106 (2001), 91−97). The predictions provided by both FIRE and N15-RESCUE methods are then used for the determination of a preliminary NMR structure of the protein p8. A mean RMSD value of 2.31±0.86 Å is observed between the coordinates of heavy atoms from helices αI and αII, and the αIII helix is taking random orientations with respect to the other helices. This random orientation is a consequence of the lack of predicted proximities between αIII and αII, and is in agreement with other independent observations made on p8 structure.
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