NMR for non-experts; a practical guide for applying NMR methods in studies of aptamer-ligand interactions



ISSN: 2514-3247
(2020), Vol 4, 03-09

Published online: 29 September 2020

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Zachary R Churcher and Philip E Johnson*

Department of Chemistry and Centre for Research on Biomolecular Interactions, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M2R 1A1

*Correspondence to: Philip Johnson, Email: pjohnson@yorku.ca, Tel: +1 416 736 2100 x33119

Received: 17 June 2020 | Revised: 23 September 2020 | Accepted: 29 September 2020

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Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy is a powerful technique for studying aptamer structure and function. Important information about ligand binding and how binding affects aptamer structure can be obtained relatively quickly using 1H NMR spectra focused on the imino resonances. Here we summarise some practical information for preparing aptamer samples for NMR analysis, designing experiments, and interpreting results, with an emphasis on aptamer-small molecule interactions.

KEYWORDS: Aptamers, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, folding, small molecule interactions