Fungicide Tebuconazole Influences the Structure of Human Serum Albumin Molecule

Molecules. 2019 Sep 2;24(17):3190. doi: 10.3390/molecules24173190.


Studies of interactions between pesticides and target mammalian proteins are important steps toward understanding the pesticide's toxicity. Using calorimetric and spectroscopic methods, the interaction between triazole fungicide tebuconazole and human serum albumin has been investigated. The spectroscopic techniques showed that fluorescence quenching of human serum albumin by tebuconazole was the result of the formation of tebuconazole/human serum albumin complex with the static type as the dominant mechanism. The association constant was found to be 8.51 × 103 L/mol. The thermodynamic parameters were obtained as ΔH = -56.964 kJ/mol, ΔS = -115.98 J/mol·K. The main active interactions forming the tebuconazole/human serum albumin complex were identified as the interplay between hydrogen bonds and/or van der Waals forces, based on thermodynamic experiments. These binding modes were corroborated well by the predictions of molecular modeling. Hydrogen bonding of tebuconazole with Arg222, Ala215 and Ala291 of human serum albumin played a relevant role in binding. The conformation changes in secondary structure were characterized by circular dichroism and 3D fluorescence spectra.

Keywords: human serum albumin; interaction; molecular modeling; spectroscopy; tebuconazole.

MeSH terms

  • Calorimetry, Differential Scanning
  • Fungicides, Industrial / pharmacology*
  • Humans
  • Ibuprofen / pharmacology
  • Ketoprofen / pharmacology
  • Molecular Docking Simulation
  • Protein Binding
  • Serum Albumin, Human / chemistry*
  • Serum Albumin, Human / metabolism
  • Spectrometry, Fluorescence
  • Thermodynamics
  • Triazoles / chemistry
  • Triazoles / pharmacology*


  • Fungicides, Industrial
  • Triazoles
  • tebuconazole
  • Ketoprofen
  • Ibuprofen
  • Serum Albumin, Human