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Unexpected interactions


Unpaired electrons can exert effects that allow interatomic contacts in molecules to be detected more easily using nuclear magnetic resonance. One such effect reveals unusual interactions between certain atoms in a protein.

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Figure 1: Overlapping orbitals in a through-bond interaction.


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Bertini, I., Luchinat, C. Unexpected interactions. Nature 470, 469–470 (2011).

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