Analysis of Affinity Energy Between Biphenyl Dioxygenase and Polychlorinated Biphenyls Using Molecular Docking

  • Xiaohui Zhao
  • Youli Qiu
  • Long Jiang
  • Yu LiEmail author


Molecular docking was used to calculate the affinity energy between biphenyl dioxygenases(BphA), i ncluding 1ULJ, 1WQL, 2YFJ, 2YFL, 2GBX, 2XSH, 2E4P, 3GZX, and 3GZY(selected from the Protein Data Bank) and 209 polychlorinated biphenyl(PCB) congeners. The relationships between the calculated affinity energy and the persistent organic pollutant characteristics(migration, octanol-air partition coefficients, lgKOA; persistence, half-life, lgt1/2; toxicity, half-maximal inhibitory concentration, lgIC50; bioaccumulation, bioconcentration factor, lgBCF) of the PCBs were studied to understand the BphA mediated degradation of PCBs. The effect of substituent characteristics on the affinity energy was explored through full factorial experimental design. The affinities of nine kinds of BphA pr oteins on PCBs ranked as follows: 2GBX>2YFJ>2YFL>3GZX>2XSH>3GZY>2E4P>1WQL>1ULJ. The relationships between the calculated affinity energy and the molecular weight, lgKOA, lgBCF, and lgt1/2 of the PCBs were statistically significant(p<0.01), whereas the relationship with the lgIC50 of PCBs was not statistically significant(p>0.05). PCBs were more difficult to degrade following an increase in the free energy of binding. Correlation analysis showed that the average affinity energy values of PCBs gradually increased as the number of chlorine atoms increased, r egardless of the substituent position. The substituents at the ortho-positions interacted mainly through a second-order interaction, whereas those at the para-positions did not participate via a second-order interaction.


Polychlorinated biphenyl(PCB) Molecular docking Bipheyl dioxygenase(BphA) Affinity energy Pearson correlation analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Environmental Science and EngineeringNorth China Electric Power UniversityBeijingP. R. China
  2. 2.North China Electric Power Research Institute Co., Ltd.BeijingP. R. China

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