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Sorting signals from protein NMR spectra: SPI, a Bayesian protocol for uncovering spin systems.

Grishaev A, Llinas M.

Department of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213,

Abstract:Grouping of spectral peaks into J-connected spin systems is essential in the analysis of macromolecular NMR data as it provides the basis for disentangling chemical shift degeneracies. It is a mandatory step before resonance and NOESY cross-peak identities can be established. We have developed SPI, a computational protocol that scrutinizes peak lists from homo- and hetero-nuclear multidimensional NMR spectra and progressively assembles sets of resonances into consensus J- and/or NOE-connected spin systems. SPI estimates the likelihood of nuclear spin resonances appearing at defined frequencies given sets of cross-peaks measured from multi-dimensional experiments. It quantifies spin system matching probabilities via Bayesian inference. The protocol takes advantage of redundancies in the number of connectivities revealed by suites of diverse NMR experiments, systematically tracking the adequacy of each grouping hypothesis. SPI was tested on 2D homonuclear and 2D/3D(15)N-edited data recorded from two protein modules, the col 2 domain of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) and the kringle 2 domain of plasminogen, of 60 and 83 amino acid residues, respectively. For these protein domains SPI identifies approximately 95% unambiguous resonance frequencies, a relatively good performance vis-a-vis the reported 'manual' (interactive) analyses.Abbreviations and Acronyms: SPI, SPin Identification; BMRB, BioMagResBank (Madison, WI). PMID: 12522308 [PubMed - in process]

J Biomol NMR 2002 Nov;24(3):203-13