Cobalt-based paramagnetic probe to study RNA-protein interactions by NMR Academic Article uri icon

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  • Paramagnetic resonance enhancement (PRE) is an NMR technique that allows studying three-dimensional structures of RNA-protein complexes in solution. RNA strands are typically spin labeled using nitroxide reagents, which provide minimal perturbation to the native structure. The current work describes an alternative approach, which is based on a Co2+-based probe that can be covalently attached to RNA in the vicinity of the protein's binding site using 'click' chemistry. Similar to nitroxide spin labels, the transition metal based probe is capable of attenuating NMR signal intensities from protein residues localized <40Å away. The extent of attenuation is related to the probe's distance, thus allowing for construction of the protein's contact surface map. This new paradigm has been applied to study binding of HIV-1 nucleocapsid protein 7, NCp7, to a model RNA pentanucleotide.


  • Seebald, Leah M
  • DeMott, Christopher M
  • Ranganathan, Srivathsan
  • Asare-Okai, Papa Nii
  • Glazunova, Anastasia
  • Chen, Alan
  • Shekhtman, Alexander
  • Royzen, Maksim

publication date

  • May 2017