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Influences of urea and pH on the interaction of cinchonidine with bovine serum albumin by steady state fluorescence spectroscopy.

Spectrochim Acta A Mol Biomol Spectrosc. 2013 Apr 11;112C:15-20

Authors: Zhang T, Li D


The binding of cinchonidine to bovine serum albumin (BSA) in aqueous solution in the absence and presence of urea has been studied by fluorescence spectroscopic techniques at pH 7.40. Denaturation of BSA in the presence of urea is almost complete at [urea]⩾8.0M. Upon unfolding, two fluorescence peaks of BSA were observed. One peak was assigned to the fluorescence of Trp residue in a polar environment, and the other peak was assigned to the fluorescence of Tyr residues. In addition, the fluorescence quenching effects of cinchonidine were shown not only on the native but also on the unfolded form of BSA. The quenching rate constants and binding constants calculated in the absence and presence of the denaturant urea indicates that the binding capacity of cinchonidine to the denatured BSA deceases dramatically. In addition, influence of pH on the interaction between cinchonidine and BSA was investigated and the binding abilities of the drug to BSA deceased under lower pH conditions (pH 3.5 and 1.8) and higher pH conditions (pH 9.0).

PMID: 23651774 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]