Mathew, Renny, Ivan V. Sergeyev, Fabien Aussenac, Lydia Gkoura, Melanie Rosay, and Maria Baias. “Complete Resonance Assignment of a Pharmaceutical Drug at Natural Isotopic Abundance from DNP-Enhanced Solid-State NMR.” Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance 119 (June 2022): 101794.
Solid-state dynamic nuclear polarization enhanced magic angle spinning (DNP-MAS) NMR measurements coupled with density functional theory (DFT) calculations enable the full resonance assignment of a complex pharmaceutical drug molecule without the need for isotopic enrichment. DNP dramatically enhances the NMR signals, thereby making possible previously intractable two-dimensional correlation NMR spectra at natural abundance. Using inputs from DFT calculations, herein we describe a signiﬁcant improvement to the structure elucidation process for complex organic molecules. Further, we demonstrate that a series of two-dimensional correlation experiments, including 15N–13C TEDOR, 13C–13C INADEQUATE/SARCOSY, 19F–13C HETCOR, and 1H–13C HETCOR, can be obtained at natural isotopic abundance within reasonable experiment times, thus enabling a complete resonance assignment of sitagliptin, a pharmaceutical used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.