Carbon-13 NMR studies of chloroplast membranes: carbon-13 enrichment without 13C-13C couplings.

Biology Department, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.
Journal of Biochemical and Biophysical Methods (Impact Factor: 2.33). 01/1988; 15(3-4):229-31. DOI: 10.1016/0165-022X(87)90121-7
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ABSTRACT A novel approach to carbon-13 (13C) enrichment of chloroplast membranes (and plant materials in general) is presented for 13C-nuclear magnetic resonance (13C-NMR) studies. The method minimizes the occurrence of spectral complications arising from 13C-13C couplings resulting from a statistical distribution of 13C within the molecule with low probability of encountering two 13C atoms adjacent to each other. This is achieved by growing the plants in light surrounded by an atmosphere containing 1/3rd 12CO2 and 2/3rd 13CO2, liberated by weak acid-treatment of a mixture of corresponding barium carbonate salts.