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Front. Mol. Biosci. | doi: 10.3389/fmolb.2019.00103

Opportunities and challenges of backbone, sidechain and RDC experiments to study membrane protein dynamics in a detergent-free lipid environment using solution state NMR

  • 1University of Basel, Switzerland

Whereas solution state NMR provided a wealth of information on the dynamics landscape of soluble proteins, only few studies have investigated membrane protein dynamics in a detergent-free lipid environment. Recent developments of smaller nanodiscs and other lipid-scaffolding polymers such as styrene maleic acid (SMA), however, open new and promising avenues to explore the function-dynamics relationship of membrane proteins as well as between membrane proteins and their surrounding lipid environment. Favorably sized lipid-bilayer nanodiscs, established membrane protein reconstitution protocols and sophisticated solution NMR relaxation methods probing dynamics over a wide range of timescales will eventually reveal unprecedented lipid-membrane protein interdependencies that allow us to explain things we have not been able to explain so far. In particular, methyl group dynamics resulting from CEST, CPMG, ZZ exchange and RDC experiments are expected to provide new and surprising insights due to their proximity to lipids, their applicability in large 100+ kDa assemblies and their simple labeling due to the availability of commercial precursors. This review summarizes the recent developments of membrane protein dynamics with a special focus on membrane protein dynamics in lipid-bilayer nanodiscs. Opportunities and challenges of backbone, side chain and RDC dynamics applied to membrane proteins are discussed. Solution-state NMR and lipid nanodiscs bear great potential to change our molecular understanding of lipid-membrane protein interactions.

Keywords: RDC, NMR, CPMG Carr-Purcell-Meiboom-Gill, CEST, Membrane protein dynamics, Backbone, Side chain

Received: 11 Jun 2019; Accepted: 19 Sep 2019.

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* Correspondence: Dr. Stefan Bibow, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland,