Magic-angle spinning nmr of bacteriophage viruses

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Bacteriophages are viruses that infect bacteria. In their simplest form they are highly symmetric biomolecular assemblies that consist of an inner genomic core wrapped by a protein coat. More complex bacteriophages have capsid shells that include several proteins, some have short or long protein tails, as well as additional fibrous tail tube protein (TTP) attachments. Magic-angle spinning (MAS) solid-state NMR provides an opportunity to study these high-molecular-weight (tens of megadaltons) phage systems in great detail. This article focuses on several filamentous and icosahedral phages of various complexities, showing the hierarchy of information available by NMR – protein and deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) chemical shifts; secondary, tertiary, and quaternary structures; hydration; protein–DNA interactions; and capsid dynamics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-182
Number of pages10
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2020


  • Bacteriophages
  • DNA chemical shifts
  • Filamentous phage
  • Magic-angle spinning
  • Solid-state NMR
  • Structural virology

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Spectroscopy


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