In vitrointeraction of cefotaxime with calf thymus DNA: Insights from spectroscopic, calorimetric and molecular modelling studies

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HighlightsWe have found that cefotaxime interacts to minor groove of DNA.The values of banding constants show a direct interaction between cefotaxime and DNA.This complexation reaction was found to be spontaneous, thermodynamically favourable and enthalpy driven.The binding of cefotaxime provides stability to DNA that might contribute in its DNA protection.Cefotaxime is third generation antibiotic with known therapeutic efficacy against bacterial infections including cerebral abscesses and bacterial meningitis. The β-lactam group of drugs are considered safest antibiotics. Many antibiotics directly interact with DNA and alter their expression profile. Thus, it is necessary to understand the binding mode and its relevance to drug activity and toxicity. There is considerably a remarkable focus on deciphering the binding mechanism of these therapeutic agents as DNA is one of the major target for wide range of drugs. Cefotaxime has been extensively studied for its pharmacological properties while its binding mode to DNA has not been explicated so far. In this study, we have unveiled the binding mechanism of cefotaxime to DNA by using various biophysical, thermodynamic and in silico techniques. UV–vis spectroscopy confirmed the formation cefotaxime-DNA complex along with a brief idea about the extent of interaction. Fluorescence spectroscopy yielded the values of various binding constants and explained mode of fluorescence quenching to be static. CD spectroscopy, thermal denaturation, KI quenching and viscosity measurement explained that cefotaxime is groove binder. Measuring the effect of ions on cefotaxime-DNA complex ensured that it does not bind to DNA electrostatically. Dye displacement experiments finally confirmed that cefotaxime binds to the minor groove of DNA. ITC gave the thermodynamic profile of this binding in which negative value of Gibb's free energy change revealed that the process is spontaneous. Molecular modelling finally strengthened our experimental results that cefotaxime was located in curved contour of minor groove of DNA. The findings support on safety of drug and may have a little interference on normal biological functions.

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