The influence of phenylbutazone (Phe) and methotrexate (MTX) on binding of MTX and Phe to human (HSA) and bovine (BSA) serum albumin in the low-affinity binding sites is investigated. The strength and kind of interactions between serum albumin (SA) and drugs used in combination therapy were found using 1H NMR spectroscopy. A stoichiometric molar ratios for Phe-SA and MTX-SA complexes are 36:1 and 31:1, respectively. It appeared these molar ratios are higher for the ternary systems than it were in the binary ones. The presence of the additional drug (MTX or Phe) causes the increase of an affinity of albumin towards Phe and MTX. It was found that the aliphatic groups of MTX are more resistant to the influence of Phe on the MTX-SA complex than the aromatic rings. The results showed the important impact of another drug (MTX or Phe) on the affinity of SA towards Phe and MTX in the low-affinity binding sites. This work is a subsequent part of the spectroscopic study on Phe-MTX-SA interactions (Maciek-Jurczyk, 2009 ). ?? 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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