DataSheet1_Deuteron Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer for the Detection of Slow Motions in Rotating Solids.PDF
We utilized the 2H Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer (CEST) technique under magic angle spinning (MAS) conditions to demonstrate the feasibility of the method for studies of slow motions in the solid state. For the quadrupolar anisotropic interaction, the essence of CEST is to scan the saturation pattern over a range of offsets corresponding to the entire spectral region(s) for all conformational states involved, which translates into a range of −60–+ 60 kHz for methyl groups. Rotary resonances occur when the offsets are at half-and full-integer of the MAS rates. The choice of the optimal MAS rate is governed by the condition to reduce the number of rotary resonances in the CEST profile patterns and retain a sufficiently large quadrupolar interaction active under MAS to maintain sensitivity to motions. As examples, we applied this technique to a well-known model compound dimethyl-sulfone (DMS) as well as amyloid-β fibrils selectively deuterated at a single methyl group of A2 belonging to the disordered domain. It is demonstrated that the obtained exchange rate between the two rotameric states of DMS at elevated temperatures fell within known ranges and the fitted model parameters for the fibrils agree well with the previously obtained value using static 2H NMR techniques. Additionally, for the fibrils we have observed characteristic broadening of rotary resonances in the presence of conformational exchange, which provides implications for model selection and refinement. This work sets the stage for future potential extensions of the 2H CEST under MAS technique to multiple-labeled samples in small molecules and proteins.