Dynamics of an integral membrane peptide: a deuterium NMR relaxation study of gramicidin.
Related Articles **Dynamics of an integral membrane peptide: a deuterium NMR relaxation study of gramicidin.**
Biophys J. 1994 May;66(5):1429-40

Authors: Prosser RS, Davis JH

Solid state deuterium (2H) NMR inversion-recovery and Jeener-Broekaert relaxation experiments were performed on oriented multilamellar dispersions consisting of 1,2-dilauroyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylcholine and 2H exchange-labeled gramicidin D, at a lipid to protein molar ratio (L/P) of 15:1, in order to study the dynamics of the channel conformation of the peptide in a liquid crystalline phase. Our dynamic model for the whole body motions of the peptide includes diffusion of the peptide around its helix axis and a wobbling diffusion around a second axis perpendicular to the local bilayer normal in a simple Maier-Saupe mean field potential. This anisotropic diffusion is characterized by the correlation times, tau R parallel and tau R perpendicular. Aligning the bilayer normal perpendicular to the magnetic field and graphing the relaxation rate, 1/T1Z, as a function of (1-S2N-2H), where S2N-2H represents the orientational order parameter, wer were able to estimate the correlation time, tau R parallel, for rotational diffusion. Although in the quadrupolar splitting, which varies as (3 cos2 theta D-1), has in general two possible solutions to theta D in the range 0 < or = theta D < or = 90 degrees, the 1/T1Z vs. (1-S2N-2H) curve can be used to determine a single value of theta D in this range. Thus, the 1/T1Z vs. (1-S2N-2H) profile can be used both to define the axial diffusion rate and to remove potential structural ambiguities in the splittings. The T1Z anisotropy permits us to solve for the two correlation times (tau R parallel = 6.8 x 10(-9) s and tau R perpendicular = 6 x 10(-6) s). The simulated parameters were corroborated by a Jeener-Broekaert experiment where the bilayer normal was parallel to the principal magnetic field. At this orientation the ratio, J2(2 omega 0)/J1(omega 0) was obtained in order to estimate the strength of the restoring potential in a model-independent fashion. This measurement yields the rms angle, 1/2 (= 16 +/- 2 degrees at 34 degrees C), formed by the peptide helix axis and the average bilayer normal.

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