Site-specific infrared dichroism is an emerging method capable of proposing a model for the backbone structure of a transmembrane α-helix within a helical bundle. Dichroism measurements of single, isotopically enhanced vibrational modes (e.g., Amide I 13C=18O or Gly CD2 stretching modes) can yield precise orientational restraints for the monomer helix protomer that can be used as refinement constraints in model building of the entire helical bundle. Essential, however, for the interpretation of the dichroism measurements, is an accurate modeling of the sample disorder. In this study we derive an enhanced and more realistic modeling of the sample disorder based on a Gaussian distribution of the chromophore around a particular angle. The enhanced utility of the Gaussian model is exemplified by the comparative data analysis based on the aforementioned model to previously employed models.
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This research was supported in part by a grant from the Israel Science Foundation (784/01) to I.T.A.