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Side Chain Dynamics of the Trifluoroacetone Cysteine Derivative Characterized by F NMR Relaxation and Molecular Dynamics Simulations.

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Summary of "Side Chain Dynamics of the Trifluoroacetone Cysteine Derivative Characterized by F NMR Relaxation and Molecular Dynamics Simulations."

F NMR spectroscopy is a powerful tool for the study of the structures, dynamics, and interactions of proteins bearing cysteine residues chemically modified with a trifluoroacetone group (CYF residue). F NMR relaxation rates for the fluoromethyl group of CYF residues are sensitive to overall rotational tumbling of proteins, fast rotation about the CF methyl axis, as well as the internal motion of the CYF side chain. To develop a quantitative understanding of these various motional contri-butions, we used the model free approach to extend expressions for F- T NMR relaxation to include side chain motions for the CYF residue. We complemented the NMR studies with atomic views of methyl rotation and side chain motions using molecular dynamics simulations. This combined methodology allows for quantitative separation of the contributions of fast pico- to nanosecond dynamics from micro- to millisecond exchange processes to the F linewidth, and highlights the utility of the CYF residue as a sensitive reporter of side chain environment and dynamics in proteins.

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Name: The journal of physical chemistry. B
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