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Asymmetric Synthesis of Methyl Specifically Labelled L ‐Threonine and Application to the NMR Studies of High Molecular Weight Proteins

Isabel Ayala 1 Lucile Chiari 2 Rime Kerfah 1 Jérôme Boisbouvier 1, * Pierre Gans 1 Olivier Hamelin 2, *
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2 BioCE - Catalyse Bioinorganique et Environnement
LCBM - UMR 5249 - Laboratoire de Chimie et Biologie des Métaux
Abstract : Methyl groups are valuable probes for solution NMR, allowing the investigation of large protein complexes. Among the six methyl containing residues, threonine has one of the less hydrophobic side chain, and can reside both within the interior of a protein or on the protein surface. This article presents an efficient mixed chemical/enzymatic synthesis scheme, enabling the preparation of threonine with natural configuration on the two stereogenic centers together with an optimal introduction of 1H/2H and 12C/13C atoms at specific sites. Such specifically labelled amino acid can be efficiently incorporated in overexpressed proteins without scrambling or in combination with any other types of 13CH3 probes. Additionally we report application to the 82 kDa Malate Synthase G. Our findings demonstrate that structural meaningful long range nOes can be detected between threonine methyl probes and methionine and isoleucine methyl groups distant by 12 Å.
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Isabel Ayala, Lucile Chiari, Rime Kerfah, Jérôme Boisbouvier, Pierre Gans, et al.. Asymmetric Synthesis of Methyl Specifically Labelled L ‐Threonine and Application to the NMR Studies of High Molecular Weight Proteins. ChemistrySelect, Wiley, 2020, 5 (17), pp.5092-5098. ⟨10.1002/slct.202000827⟩. ⟨hal-02867781⟩

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