This subproject is one of many research subprojects utilizing the resources provided by a Center grant funded by NIH/NCRR. Primary support for the subproject and the subproject's principal investigator may have been provided by other sources, including other NIH sources. The Total Cost listed for the subproject likely represents the estimated amount of Center infrastructure utilized by the subproject, not direct funding provided by the NCRR grant to the subproject or subproject staff. Both ESR and NMR relaxation have proved useful in the study of protein dynamics. We have pioneered the slowly-relaxing local structure (SRLS) approach to their interpretation. It has been very successful, especially for the slow-motional ESR spectra, in this regard. In its present, relatively convenient implementations, the SRLS approaches are still computationally demanding;they are based on the simplification of (overdamped) diffusive motions, and are a mesoscopic (as distinct from an atomic) approach. This project was undertaken to provide improvements on the SRLS approach. For example, a protein side-chain which reorients in a potential well, will exhibit inertial effects in the form of torsional oscillations. Also the backbone dynamics of a protein necessarily involves collective dynamics, which could, in a relatively simple manner, be modeled by the coupling of several inertial linear rotators in the presence of global diffusion. Another objective is to obtain limiting analytical models that reduce the computational challenges in application to ESR and NMR spin relaxation, and to determine their range of validity.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Type
Biotechnology Resource Grants (P41)
Project #
2P41RR016292-11
Application #
8364065
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1-BCMB-K (40))
Project Start
2011-09-01
Project End
2012-08-31
Budget Start
2011-09-01
Budget End
2012-08-31
Support Year
11
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$3,659
Indirect Cost
Name
Cornell University
Department
Chemistry
Type
Schools of Arts and Sciences
DUNS #
872612445
City
Ithaca
State
NY
Country
United States
Zip Code
14850
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