Interaction of singlet oxygen with bovine serum albumin and the role of the protein nano-compartmentalization

Authors: Gimenez, RE., Vargova, V., Rey, V., Turbay, MBE., Abatedaga, I., Vieyra, FEM., Zanini, VIP., Ortiz, JHM., Katz, NE., Ostatna, V., Borsarelli, CD.
Year: 2016


Singlet molecular oxygen (O-1(2)) contributes to protein damage triggering biophysical and biochemical changes that can be related with aging and oxidative stress. Serum albumins, such as bovine serum albumin (BSA), are abundant proteins in blood plasma with different biological functions. This paper presents a kinetic and spectroscopic study of the O-1(2)-mediated oxidation of BSA using the tris(2,2'-bipyridine)ruthenium(II) cation [Ru(bpy)(3)](2+) as sensitizer. BSA quenches efficiently O-1(2) with a total (chemical + physical interaction) rate constant k(t)(BSA)=7.3(+/- 0.4) x 108 M-1 s(-1), where the chemical pathway represented 37% of the interaction. This efficient quenching by BSA indicates the participation of several reactive residues. MALDI-TOF MS analysis of intact BSA confirmed that after oxidation by O-1(2), the mass protein increased the equivalent of 13 oxygen atoms. Time-resolved emission spectra analysis of BSA established that Trp residues were oxidized to N'-formylkynurenine, being the solvent-accessible W134 preferentially oxidized by O-1(2) as compared with the buried W213. MS confirmed oxidation of at least two Tyr residues to form dihydroxyphenylalanine, with a global reactivity towards O-1(2) six-times lower than for Trp residues. Despite the lack of MS evidences, kinetic and chemical analysis also suggested that residues other than Trp and Tyr, e.g. Met, must react with O-1(2). Modeling of the 3D-structure of BSA indicated that the oxidation pattern involves a random distribution of O-1(2) into BSA; allowing also the interaction of O-1(2) with buried residues by its diffusion from the bulk solvent through interconnected internal hydrophilic and hydrophobic grooves. (C) 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.