TmDOTA as versatile thermometer compound for solid-state NMR of hydrated lipid bilayer membranes

Yuichi Umegawa, Yuya Tanaka, Matsumori Nobuaki, Michio Murata

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Recent advances in solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques, such as magic angle spinning and high-power decoupling, have dramatically increased the sensitivity and resolution of NMR. However, these NMR techniques generate extra heat, causing a temperature difference between the sample in the rotor and the variable temperature gas. This extra heating is a particularly crucial problem for hydrated lipid membrane samples. Thus, to develop an NMR thermometer that is suitable for hydrated lipid samples, thulium-1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetraacetate (TmDOTA) was synthesized and labeled with 13C (i.e., 13C-TmDOTA) to increase the NMR sensitivity. The complex was mixed with a hydrated lipid membrane, and the system was subjected to solid-state NMR and differential scanning calorimetric analyses. The physical properties of the lipid bilayer and the quality of the NMR spectra of the membrane were negligibly affected by the presence of 13C-TmDOTA, and the 13C chemical shift of the complex exhibited a large-temperature dependence. The results demonstrated that 13C-TmDOTA could be successfully used as a thermometer to accurately monitor temperature changes induced by 1H decoupling pulses and/or by magic angle spinning and the temperature distribution of the sample inside the rotor. Thus, 13C-TmDOTA was shown to be a versatile thermometer for hydrated lipid assemblies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-233
Number of pages7
JournalMagnetic Resonance in Chemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science


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