A comparison of NCO and NCA transfer methods for biological solid-state NMR spectroscopy

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Three different techniques (adiabatic passage Hartman-Hahn cross-polarization, optimal control designed pulses, and EXPORT) are compared for transferring N magnetization to C in solid-state NMR experiments under magic-angle-spinning conditions. We demonstrate that, in comparison to adiabatic passage Hartman-Hahn cross-polarization, optimal control transfer pulses achieve similar or better transfer efficiencies for uniformly-C,N labeled samples and are generally superior for samples with non-uniform labeling schemes (such as 1,3- and 2-C glycerol labeling). In addition, the optimal control pulses typically use substantially lower average RF field strengths and are more robust with respect to experimental variation and RF inhomogeneity. Consequently, they are better suited for demanding samples.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Magnetic Resonance
Pages (from-to)81-90
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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