Comprehensive analysis of NMR data using advanced line shape fitting

J Biomol NMR. 2017 Oct;69(2):93-99. doi: 10.1007/s10858-017-0141-6. Epub 2017 Oct 17.

Abstract

NMR spectroscopy is uniquely suited for atomic resolution studies of biomolecules such as proteins, nucleic acids and metabolites, since detailed information on structure and dynamics are encoded in positions and line shapes of peaks in NMR spectra. Unfortunately, accurate determination of these parameters is often complicated and time consuming, in part due to the need for different software at the various analysis steps and for validating the results. Here, we present an integrated, cross-platform and open-source software that is significantly more versatile than the typical line shape fitting application. The software is a completely redesigned version of PINT ( https://pint-nmr.github.io/PINT/ ). It features a graphical user interface and includes functionality for peak picking, editing of peak lists and line shape fitting. In addition, the obtained peak intensities can be used directly to extract, for instance, relaxation rates, heteronuclear NOE values and exchange parameters. In contrast to most available software the entire process from spectral visualization to preparation of publication-ready figures is done solely using PINT and often within minutes, thereby, increasing productivity for users of all experience levels. Unique to the software are also the outstanding tools for evaluating the quality of the fitting results and extensive, but easy-to-use, customization of the fitting protocol and graphical output. In this communication, we describe the features of the new version of PINT and benchmark its performance.

Keywords: Dynamics; Line shape fitting; Peak integration; Relaxation; Spectral analysis.

MeSH terms

  • Data Interpretation, Statistical*
  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy* / methods
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Software*
  • User-Computer Interface
  • Web Browser