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Lanthanide Ion-Induced Isotropic Shifts and Broadening for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Structural Analysis of Model Membranes

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The effects of a series of aquated lanthanide ions on the nuclear magnetic resonance spectrum of phospholipid bilayer suspensions are reported. The ability of these ions to provide a spectral distinction between morphologically exterior resonances and their interior counterparts was confirmed. Measurements of the relative shifting and broadening capabilities of these ions are reported, and their correlation with solid-state magnetic susceptibility anisotropies is shown to implicate a dipolar (pseudocontact) mechanism as the source of this effect. The potential for the use of dipolar shifts as structural probes is discussed and an alternative method using dipolar shifting and broadening reagents simultaneously is presented.

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