European Biophysics Journal

, Volume 48, Issue 8, pp 721–729 | Cite as

Effects of bovine serum albumin (BSA) on the excited-state properties of meso-tetrakis(sulfonatophenyl) porphyrin (TPPS4)

  • Pablo J. GonçalvesEmail author
  • Fabio C. Bezerra
  • Luciane M. Almeida
  • Lais Alonso
  • Guilherme R. L. Souza
  • Antonio Alonso
  • Sergio C. Zílio
  • Iouri E. Borissevitch
Original Article


To infer changes in the photophysical properties of porphyrins due to complexation with albumin, a combination of Z-scan and conventional spectroscopic techniques was employed. We measured the characteristics of excited states of meso-tetrakis(sulfonatophenyl) porphyrin bound to bovine serum albumin and observed that the binding reduces the intersystem crossing quantum yield and increases the internal conversion one. A reverse saturable absorption process was observed in the nanosecond timescale. These results are important for prediction of the efficiency of this complex in medical and optical applications, because associating porphyrins to proteins enables better accumulation in tumors and improves its stability in optical devices, but at the same time, decreases its triplet quantum yield.


TSPP4 porphyrin Interaction with albumin Porphyrin photophysical characteristics Z-scan 



The authors acknowledge the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq Grant nos. 305303/2013-9, 309404/2015-0, 458436/2014-3 and 425124/2018-5), Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Goiás (FAPEG Grant nos. 201410267001776 and 201710267000533) for this research financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pablo J. Gonçalves
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Fabio C. Bezerra
    • 1
  • Luciane M. Almeida
    • 3
  • Lais Alonso
    • 1
  • Guilherme R. L. Souza
    • 4
  • Antonio Alonso
    • 1
  • Sergio C. Zílio
    • 1
    • 5
  • Iouri E. Borissevitch
    • 1
    • 6
  1. 1.Instituto de FísicaUniversidade Federal de GoiásGoiâniaBrazil
  2. 2.Instituto de QuímicaUniversidade Federal de GoiásGoiâniaBrazil
  3. 3.Campus Henrique Santillo, Universidade Estadual de GoiásAnápolisBrazil
  4. 4.Instituto de Ciências BiológicasUniversidade Federal de GoiásGoiâniaBrazil
  5. 5.Instituto de Física de São CarlosUniversidade de São PauloSão CarlosBrazil
  6. 6.Departamento de FísicaFFLCRP, Universidade de São PauloRibeirão PretoBrazil

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