Conformational analysis of natural products

Hetero- and homonuclear coupling constant calculation

New conformational constraints in isotopically (13C) enriched oligosaccharides.

Milton MJ, Harris R, Probert MA, Field RA, Homans SW; Glycobiology 8 (1998) 147-153
PubMed 9451024


Multidimensional heteronuclear NMR studies have been applied to the resonance assignment and conformational analysis of 13C-enriched Neu5Acalpha2-3Galbeta1-4Glc. It is demonstrated that three-dimensional ROESY-HSQC experiments provide through-space distance restraints which cannot be observed with conventional homonuclear 1H techniques due to resonance overlap. In particular, connectivities demonstrating the existence of the "anti" conformation about the Galbeta1-4Glc glycosidic linkage are unambiguously observed. It is shown that 13C isotopic enrichment of the trisaccharide at a level >95% enables straightforward measurement of trans-glycosidic 1H-13C and 13C-13C coupling constants and a Karplus-type relation is derived for the latter. In total 15 conformational restraints were obtained for the trisaccharide in aqueous solution, all of which were in excellent agreement with theoretical parameters computed from a 5 ns molecular dynamics simulatio


Karplus curve

Coupling constant calculation

Karplus-type equations are frequently used to relate vicinal coupling constants, i. e. 3J, to torsion angles. To calculate a coupling constant for a given dihedral angle (θ) enter a value in the form and press Calculate.
To calculate a torsion angle from a coupling constant enter the coupling constant in the 3J field press Calculate. There may be up to four solutions.
The results are shown below!
Torsion angle (θ): °
Coupling constant (3J): Hz