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Human serum albumin HSA is the most abundant protein in blood plasma, having high affinity binding sites for several endogenous and exogenous compounds. Trimethoxy flavone TMF is a naturally occurring flavone isolated from Andrographis viscosula and used in the treatment of dyspepsia, influenza, malaria, respiratory functions and as an astringent and antidote for poisonous stings of some insects.

Methodology-Principal Findings

The main aim of the experiment was to examine the interaction between TMF and HSA at physiological conditions. Upon addition of TMF to HSA, the fluorescence emission was quenched and the binding constant of TMF with HSA was found to be KTMF = 1.0±0.01×103 M−1, which corresponds to −5.4 kcal M−1 of free energy. Micro-TOF Q mass spectrometry results showed a mass increase of from 66,513 Da free HSA to 66,823 Da HAS +Drug, indicating the strong binding of TMF with HSA resulting in decrease of fluorescence. The HSA conformation was altered upon binding of TMF to HSA with decrease in α-helix and an increase in β-sheets and random coils suggesting partial unfolding of protein secondary structure. Molecular docking experiments found that TMF binds strongly with HSA at IIIA domain of hydrophobic pocket with hydrogen bond and hydrophobic interactions. Among which two hydrogen bonds are formed between O 19 of TMF to Arg 410, Tyr 411 and another one from O 7 of TMF to Asn 391, with bond distance of 2.1 Å, 3.6 Å and 2.6 Å, respectively.


In view of the evidence presented, it is imperative to assign a greater role of HSA-s as a carrier molecule for many drugs to understand the interactions of HSA with TMF will be pivotal in the design of new TMF-inspired drugs.

Author: Mahesh Gokara, Babu Sudhamalla, Damu G. Amooru, Rajagopal Subramanyam



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