Carbon-deuterium bonds as site-specific and non-perturbative probes for time-resolved studies of protein dynamics and folding

J. Zimmermann, M.C. Thielges, W. Yu, P.E. Dawson, F.E. Romesberg, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. (2011) 2:412-416.
pubpic2010xxWe explore the use of carbon-deuterium (C-D) bonds under time-resolved conditions to follow the unfolding of cytochrome c from a photostationary state that accumulates after CO is photodissociated from the protein’s heme prosthetic group. Our results clearly show that C-D bonds are well-suited to characterize protein folding and dynamics.