Improving NMR sensitivity in room temperature and cooled probes with dipolar ions

Andrew N. Lane, Sengodagounder Arumugam

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The response of inverse triple resonance cold and conventional probes to ionic strength has been compared under a variety of conditions relevant to protein NMR. Increasing the salt concentration degrades probe performance in terms of sensitivity, and the effect is more severe for cold probes and with increasing magnetic field strength. This is especially noticeable for experiments that involve a spin lock or decoupling, where sensitivity losses compared with pure water can be more than 2-fold. We have investigated the use of glycine as a substitute for salt as a supporting solute for proteins, and we show that it has a minimal effect on probe tuning or performance. Readily available d5-Gly is a useful co-solute for protein NMR, especially at high magnetic field strengths and on cold probes, as it maintains solubility while not degrading probe performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-343
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Magnetic Resonance
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2005

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by an NSF EPSCoR grant to R.J. Wittebort (purchase of the 18.8 T spectrometer) and the JG Brown Foundation and the Kentucky Challenge for Excellence (to ANL).


  • Cold probe
  • Dipolar ions
  • Protein solubility
  • Sensitivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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