Improved narrowband dipolar recoupling for homonuclear distance measurements in rotating solids

G. Goobes, S. Vega

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Recovery of the magnetic dipolar interaction between nuclei bearing the same gyromagnetic ratio in rotating solids can be promoted by synchronous rf irradiation. Determination of the dipolar interaction strength can serve as a tool for structural elucidation in polycrystalline powders. Spinning frequency dependent narrow-band (nb) RFDR and SEDRA experiments are utilized as simple techniques for the determination of dipolar interactions between the nuclei in coupled homonuclear spin pairs. The magnetization exchange and coherence dephasing due to a fixed number of rotor-synchronously applied π-pulses is monitored at spinning frequencies in the vicinity of the rotational resonance (R2) conditions. The powder nbRFDR and nbSEDRA decay curves of spin magnetizations and coherences, respectively, as a function of the spinning frequency can be measured and analyzed using simple rate equations providing a quantitative measure of the dipolar coupling. The effects of the phenomenological relaxation parameters in these rate equations are discussed and an improved methodology is suggested for analyzing nbRFDR data for small dipolar couplings. The distance between the labeled nuclei in the 1,3-13C2-hydroxybutyric acid molecule is rederived using existing nbRFDR results and the new simulation procedure. A nbSEDRA experiment has been performed successfully on a powder sample of singly labeled 1-13C-L-leucine measuring the dipolar interaction between the labeled carboxyl carbon and the natural abundant β-carbon. Both narrowband techniques are employed for the determination of the nuclear distances between the side-chain carbons of leucine and its carbonyl carbon in a tripeptide Leu-Gly-Phe that is singly 13C-labeled at the leucine carbonyl carbon position.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236-251
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Magnetic Resonance
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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This research was supported by the German–Israeli Foundation.


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