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Conformational Investigations in Flexible Molecules Using Orientational NMR Constraints in Combination with 3J-Couplings and NOE Distances

Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Kaiser-Wilhelm Platz 1, 45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
Research Partner of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
Present address: COSMOS-Software GbR, 07743 Jena, Germany
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Molecules 2019, 24(23), 4417;
Received: 29 October 2019 / Revised: 21 November 2019 / Accepted: 26 November 2019 / Published: 3 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue NMR Spectroscopy in Natural Product Structure Elucidation)
The downscaling of NMR tensorial interactions, such as dipolar couplings, from tens of kilohertz to a few hertz in low-order media is the result of dynamics spanning several orders of magnitudes, including vibrational modes (~ns-fs), whole-molecule reorientation (~ns) and higher barrier internal conformational exchange (<ms). In this work, we propose to employ these dynamically averaged interactions to drive an “alignment-tensor-free” molecular dynamic simulation with orientation constraints (MDOC) in order to efficiently access the conformational space sampled by flexible small molecules such as natural products. Key to this approach is the application of tensorial pseudo-force restraints which simultaneously guide the overall reorientation and conformational fluctuations based on defined memory function over the running trajectory. With the molecular mechanics force-field, which includes bond polarization theory (BPT), and complemented with other available NMR parameters such as NOEs and scalar J-couplings, MDOC efficiently arrives at dynamic ensembles that reproduce the entire NMR dataset with exquisite accuracy and theoretically reveal the systems conformational space and equilibrium. The method as well as its potential towards configurational elucidation is presented on diastereomeric pairs of flexible molecules: a small 1,4-diketone 1 with a single rotatable bond as well as a 24-ring macrolide related to the natural product mandelalide A 2. View Full-Text
Keywords: NMR; molecular dynamics; residual dipolar couplings; tensor-free NMR; molecular dynamics; residual dipolar couplings; tensor-free
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Farès, C.; Lingnau, J.B.; Wirtz, C.; Sternberg, U. Conformational Investigations in Flexible Molecules Using Orientational NMR Constraints in Combination with 3J-Couplings and NOE Distances. Molecules 2019, 24, 4417.

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