Experimental protein structure verification by scoring with a single, unassigned NMR spectrum

Joseph M. Courtney, Qing Ye, Anna E. Nesbitt, Ming Tang, Marcus D. Tuttle, Eric D. Watt, Kristin M. Nuzzio, Lindsay J. Sperling, Gemma Comellas, Joseph R. Peterson, James H. Morrissey, Chad M. Rienstra

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Standard methods for de novo protein structure determination by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) require time-consuming data collection and interpretation efforts. Here we present a qualitatively distinct and novel approach, called Comparative, Objective Measurement of Protein Architectures by Scoring Shifts (COMPASS), which identifies the best structures from a set of structural models by numerical comparison with a single, unassigned 2D 13C-13C NMR spectrum containing backbone and side-chain aliphatic signals. COMPASS does not require resonance assignments. It is particularly well suited for interpretation of magic-angle spinning solid-state NMR spectra, but also applicable to solution NMR spectra. We demonstrate COMPASS with experimental data from four proteins - GB1, ubiquitin, DsbA, and the extracellular domain of human tissue factor - and with reconstructed spectra from 11 additional proteins. For all these proteins, with molecular mass up to 25 kDa, COMPASS distinguished the correct fold, most often within 1.5 Å root-mean-square deviation of the reference structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1958-1966
Number of pages9
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 6 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Structural Biology
  • Molecular Biology


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