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Title: Binding Studies of Drug-DNA complexes in the absence and presence of ascorbic acid utilizing Electrochemical, Spectroscopic, Molecular docking and Cell Culture Techniques
Keywords: Natural Sciences
Chemistry & allied sciences
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan
Abstract: In the present work pharmacodynamic interactions of thirteen antineoplastic drugs with DNA were investigated using experimental cylic voltammetric and UV- Vis spectroscopic techniques and theoretical docking methods on molecular level. The experimental studies were carried out under physiological conditions i.e. pH 7.4, 4.7 and body temperature (309.5K). In the CV experiments interacting modes of antineoplstic drugs with DNA were determined on the basis of decrease in the peak current and shift in the peak position. It was observed that a positive shift in the peak position and gradual decrease in peak current was indicative of the intercalative behavior. Based on this observation all anthracycline based drugs i.e. doxorubicin, epirubicin, daunorubicin, mitoxantron, idarubicin, dactinomycin and nogalamycin were kept under the category of intercalators. Cisplatin, carboplatin, fluorouracil, etoposide, cyclophosphamide and bleomycin were considered to be non-intercalators due to abrupt decrease in peak current. In UV experiments interacting modes were determined from the variation in spectral absorbance and shift in spectral position. The most important parameter obtained from the experimental studies was the binding constant (K b ) which is an indicator of the binding strength of the drug with DNA. Molecular docking and QSAR studies were carried out for the prediction of interactions between antineoplastic drugs and double stranded DNA. Quantitative structure activity relationship was established using MOE software package showing good correlation of binding strength with various physicochemical parameters e.g. hydrophobic surface area (V surf ), E HOMO , E LUMO , partition coefficient (log P) and molar refractivity (M R ) of the drugs. Binding constants were also predicted from molecular docking studies and it was of the same order of magnitude as those obtained from the experimental techniques. Investigation of the interaction of three anthracyclines namely doxorubicin, epirubicin and daunorubicin with DNA in the presence and absence of two natural additives (ascorbic acid and nicotinc acid) under physiological conditions were carried out using above three techniques. From voltammetric data, binding constants, binding site sizes and Gibb’s free energy were calculated for the drug-DNA and drug- DNA-additive adducts. It was observed that the binding strength of drug-DNA iiicomplex generally increased in the presence of ascorbic acid and nicotinic acid. Molecular docking studies (using MOE) confirmed that in the presence of AA and NA number of hydrogen bonds and hydrophobic interactions are increased in the drug-DNA–additive adduct. It is a known fact that the drugs interact with DNA as well as with enzymes involved in DNA replication inside the cell. The presently studied thirteen antineoplasti drugs are the cytotoxic agents which inhibits the activity of DNA enzymes namely Topoisomerase-II, polymerase and helicase and have shown remarkable anticancer activity in clinical trials. In the studied work, we performed molecular docking studies of twelve antitumor drugs against these DNA enzymes in the absence and presence of ascorbic acid (AA). It was predicted that in most of the cases drug-enzyme interaction is enhanced in the presence of AA. The increase in the binding constant (K b ) of drug-enzyme complex in the presence of AA is a manifestation of this enhanced interaction. Quantitative structure activity relationship (QSAR) model for anticancer activity screening was also developed. These results can offer useful references for directing the molecular design of DNA enzyme inhibitor with improved anticancer activity Pharmacodynamic drug interactions were also carried out on the cellular level using cell culture technique. Utilizing a multiwell plate cytotoxic assay, two non small cell carcinoma cell line (NSCLC) human carcinoma cell lines, H-1299 and H-157 were tested against eight antineoplastic agents alone and in combination with ascorbic acid (AA). In these cell lines, it was observed that a moderately cytotoxic concentration of AA (2mM) improved the cytotoxic activity of antitumor drugs. Dose dependent response curves were drawn to calculate the LD 50 values of the drugs for both cell lines. Percent cell inhibition of the drug in the presence of 2mM AA was determined in two combinations. In the first combination the concentration of the drug was taken equal to its LD 50 value whereas in the second combination it was 2mM. It was observed that combination effects between AA and drugs were partly synergistic and a consistent synergism was found between AA and all drugs for both cell lines. The only exception was that of bleomycin which exhibited an antagonistic effect with AA in H-157 cell line.
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