Estimates of phi and psi torsion angles in proteins from one-, two- and three-bond nuclear spin-spin couplings: application to staphylococcal nuclease

J Biomol NMR. 1994 Jul;4(4):543-51. doi: 10.1007/BF00156619.


Calculated coupling constants (3JHNH alpha, 1JC alpha H alpha, 2JC'H alpha, 1JC alpha N and 2JC alpha N) from our accompanying paper [Edison, A.S. et al. (1994) J. Biomol. NMR, 4, 519-542] have been used to generate error surfaces that can provide estimates of the phi and psi angles in proteins. We have used experimental coupling data [3JHNH alpha: Kay, L.E. et al. (1989) J. Am. Chem. Soc., 111, 5488-5490; 1JC alpha H alpha: Vuister, G. W. et al. (1993) J. Biomol. NMR, 3, 67-80; 2JC'H alpha: Vuister, G.W. and Bax, A. (1992) J. Biomol. NMR, 2, 401-405; 1JC alpha N and 2JC alpha N: Delaglio, F. et al. (1991) J. Biomol. NMR, 1, 439-446] to create error surfaces for selected residues of the protein staphylococcal nuclease. The residues were chosen to include all those with five experimental couplings, as well as some with four experimental couplings, to demonstrate the relative importance of 3JHNH alpha and 1JC alpha H alpha. For most of the cases, we obtained good agreement between the X-ray structure [Loll, P.J. and Lattman, E.E. (1989) Protein Struct. Funct. Genet., 5, 183-201] and the NMR data.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy*
  • Micrococcal Nuclease / chemistry*
  • Protein Structure, Secondary*
  • Software
  • Thermodynamics


  • Micrococcal Nuclease