13C → 1H transfer of light-induced hyperpolarization allows for selective detection of protons in frozen photosynthetic reaction center

Bielytskyi, Pavlo, Daniel Gräsing, Kaustubh R. Mote, Karthick Babu Sai Sankar Gupta, Shimon Vega, P.K. Madhu, A. Alia, and Jörg Matysik. “13C → 1H Transfer of Light-Induced Hyperpolarization Allows for Selective Detection of Protons in Frozen Photosynthetic Reaction Center.” Journal of Magnetic Resonance 293 (August 2018): 82–91.


In the present study, we exploit the light-induced hyperpolarization occurring on 13C nuclei due to the solid-state photochemically induced dynamic nuclear polarization (photoCIDNP) effect to boost the NMR signal intensity of selected protons via inverse crosspolarization. Such hyperpolarization transfer is implemented into 1H-detected twodimensional 13C-1H correlation magic-angle-spinning (MAS) NMR experiment to study protons in frozen photosynthetic reaction centers (RCs). As a first trial, the performance of such an experiment is tested on selectively 13C labeled RCs from the purple bacteria of Rhodobacter sphaeroides. We observed response from the protons belonging to the photochemically active cofactors in their native protein environment. Such an approach is a potential heteronuclear spin-torch experiment which could be complementary to the classical heteronuclear correlation (HETCOR) experiments for mapping proton chemical shifts of photosynthetic cofactors and to understand the role of the proton pool around the electron donors in the electron transfer process occurring during photosynthesis.

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