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Preferential binding of fisetin to the native state of bovine serum albumin: spectroscopic and docking studies.

Mol Biol Rep. 2013 Jan 1;

Authors: Singha Roy A, Pandey NK, Dasgupta S


We have investigated the binding of the biologically important flavonoid fisetin with the carrier protein bovine serum albumin using multi-spectroscopic and molecular docking methods. The binding constants were found to be in the order of 10(4) M(-1) and the number of binding sites was determined as one. MALDI-TOF analyses showed that one fisetin molecule binds to a single bovine serum albumin (BSA) molecule which is also supported by fluorescence quenching studies. The negative Gibbs free energy change (∆G°) values point to a spontaneous binding process which occurs through the presence of electrostatic forces with hydrophobic association that results in a positive entropy change (+51.69 ± 1.18 J mol(-1) K(-1)). The unfolding and refolding of BSA in urea have been studied in absence and presence of fisetin using steady-state fluorescence and lifetime measurements. Urea denaturation studies indicate that fisetin is gradually released from its binding site on the protein. In the absence of urea, an increase in temperature that causes denaturation of the protein results in the release of fisetin from its bound state indicating that fisetin binds only to the native state of the protein. The circular dichroism (CD) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopic studies showed an increase in % α-helix content of BSA after binding with fisetin. Site marker displacement studies in accordance with the molecular docking results suggested that fisetin binds in close proximity of the hydrophobic cavity in site 1 (subdomain IIA) of the protein. The PEARLS (Program of Energetic Analysis of Receptor Ligand System) has been used to estimate the interaction energy of fisetin with BSA and the results are in good correlation with the experimental findings.

PMID: 23277393 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]