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Title: Interaction between vine pesticides and serum albumin studied by nuclear spin relaxation data
Authors: Martini, S
Bonechi, Claudia 
Rossi, Claudio 
Keywords: Pesticides; Relaxation rate; Affinity index; Serum Albumin
Issue Date: 2010
Project: None 
Pesticides are chemicals usually used in agriculture to prevent possible diseases to crops, such as grapes, caused by parasites. Even if most of the pesticides are degraded during the wine process, residual levels remain in the final product. The most commonly used pesticides in vine belong to several classes of chemical compounds; among them, triazoles and anilinopyrimidines have been commercially used since the 1970s and 1990s, respectively. In this work, we investigated the interaction between three of the most used fungicides belonging to the chemical classes mentioned above (myclobutanil, triadimenol, and pyrimethanil) and bovine serum albumin (BSA) by nuclear spin relaxation analysis. We found that all of the pesticides were able to form a complex with BSA; nevertheless, there were strong differences in their affinity toward the plasma protein. The nuclear magnetic resonance approach used on the basis of the analysis of selective relaxation rate enhancements of pesticide protons in the presence of BSA allowed for the calculation of the affinity indexes and the equilibrium constants of the three systems. Myclobutanil showed the highest affinity toward BSA, whereas triadimenol gave the weakest interaction with the protein. The differences in the capacity of the three pesticides to bind to albumin highlighted the existence of different binding strengths on the protein. These results indicate that myclobutanil and triadimenol, despite their structure similarity, may have very different residence times in the plasma and rates of clearance
ISSN: 0021-8561
DOI: 10.1021/jf102035a
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