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DFT Investigation, Chemical Reactivity Identification and Molecular Docking of 2(E)˗1˗(3˗bromothiophene˗2˗yl)˗3˗(furan˗2˗yl)prop˗2˗en˗1˗one

A. Nataraj1*, K. Anitha1, B. Narayana2

1Department of Physics, University of Sri Ramaswamy Memorial, Tamilnadu, India

2Department of Chemistry, University of Mangalore, Karnataka, India

*Corresponding Author:
A. Nataraja Department of Physics, University of Sri Ramaswamy Memorial, Tamilnadu, India ;E-mail: [email protected]

Received: 23-Feb-2022, Manuscript No.JASS-22-55273; Editor assigned: 25-Feb-2022, Pre QC No. JASS-22-55273 (PQ); Reviewed: 08-Mar-2021, QC No. JASS-22-55273; Revised: 09-May-2022, Manuscript No. JASS-22-55273 (R); Published: 19-May-2022, DOI: 10.4172/2320-2459.10.4.004

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Chalcone derivative of 2(E)˗1˗(3˗bromothiophene˗2˗yl)˗3˗(furan˗2˗yl)prop˗2˗en˗1˗one (BTF) molecule was probed by quantum chemistry method with the Gaussian 09W software package. The infrared and Raman spectra were computed by DFT method under the B3LYP level of theory and the potential energy distribution (PED) was predicted for detailed vibrational assignments. The electronic properties were analyzed using UV˗Vis absorption spectra within the range of 200-600 nm. In addition, EHOMO energy (–6.367 eV), ELUMO energy (–2.705 eV), the energy difference (3.662 eV), softness (0.546 eV) and electrophilicity index (5.618 eV) were determined to understand the reactivity, stability and biological potency of the BTF molecule. Molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) was accounted for the identification of reactive sites. The intra molecular interactions and charge delocalization of the compound were examined using natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis. Non-linear optical features were demonstrated from the first order hyperpolarizability. Based on the above results the BTF compound was investigated for further biological investigation. The BTF compound was screened for their in vitro antifungal activity in Sabouraud Dextrose Agar Medium (SDA) and which shows moderate antifungal activity. In vitro Anti˗inflammatory activity was evaluated using Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) protein denaturation assay at different concentrations. A molecular docking was performed to investigate the interactions between ligand (BTF) and the Arachidonate 5-lipoxygenase (ALOX-5) protein.


FT-IR; FT-Raman; UV-Vis absorption; antifungal activity; anti-inflammatory potential; molecular docking


Thiophene and its derivatives are interesting due to their biological activities and pharmacological applications. Chalcone compounds have been largely investigated for their chemical flexibility and potential applications as NLO media and different types of synthetic materials and stabilities[1-3]. Chalcone compounds enhance the second harmonic generation (SHG) because of their strongest inter molecular interactions and delocalization of ‘π’ electron conjugation in the molecular system[4]. In recent years, chalcone and its derivatives are of great interest since they exhibit a large number of medicinal and pharmacological activities such as antibacterial, anticancer, antituberculosis, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiviral, antimicrobial, antimalarial, antitumor, analgesic and antidepressant [5,6]. For this reason, theoretical and experimental analysis of BTF is significant. In this present article, the structural characterization of BTF has been extensively studied in this article. It was experimentally investigated using the techniques of FT-IR and FT-Raman. Molecular electronic transactions (UV-Vis) were deliberated through TD-DFT method. The chemical reactivity of the given molecule is examined using molecular reactivity descriptors such as HOMO-LUMO, NBO and MEP maps using the DFT method. Molecular docking was used to simulate the interactions of the title compound with the Arachidonate 5-lipoxygenase (ALOX-5) protein at the active site.

Materials And Methods

Spectral measurement

The FT-IR spectrum of the BTF molecule was investigated in KBr beam splitter with a Perkin Elmer spectrum of resolution ±1 cm-1 of spectrometer in the scale range 500-4000 cm-1. FT-Raman Bruker RFS 27 spectrometer were used to record the FT-Raman spectrum within the region 500-4000 cm-1 and equipped with Nd: YAG laser source operating at 1064 nm. The spectral resolution is ±2 cm-1. The UV-Vis absorption spectrum of the title compound was measured by methanol solvent and a resolution of 0.05 nm in the wavelength range of 200-600 nm.

Agar disc diffusion method

The agar diffusion technique was followed for the antifungal susceptibility test. The Petri plates were prepared by pouring 10 mL of Sabouraud Dextrose Agar and were allowed to solidify. Plates were dried and 0.1 mL of standardized inoculum suspension was added and uniformly spread. The excess inoculum was drained and left to dry for five minutes. The discs were then applied to incubate with Aspergillus niger, Trichophyton and Microsporum gypseumin BOD incubators at 28°C for 72–96 hrs. Then inhibition zone was evaluated from the edge of the disc to the inner margin of the surrounding pathogens. Each assay in this experiment was repeated thrice.

Anti- inflammatory activity

The protein denaturing test was carried out in accordance with the procedure described by Mizushima and Sakat et al. The 500 µL volume of 1% bovine serum albumin were added to 100 µL of test dilution. The mixture was kept at room temperature for 10 min, then heated for 15-20 min at 51°C. Then the solution was brought to normal room temperature and absorbance at 660 nm was recorded. Acetylsalicylic acid was used as standard. The process was performed in triplicates and protein denaturation inhibition percentage was calculated using the formula:

% Inhibition = 100 - [(A1-A2) / A0] X 100

where, A1 is sample absorbance, A2 is product control absorbance and A0 is the absorbance of the positive control.

Computational details

The optimized geometric parameters of bond lengths, bond angles and dihedral angles and vibrational wavenumbers were computed by a B3LYP function of 6-311+G(d,p) basis set. Using the same level of theory, natural bond orbital (NBO) method was explored through calculating first order hyperpolarizability to understand the various interactions between donor orbitals and the acceptor orbitals of different subsystems. The charge transfer properties are examined using HOMO and LUMO analysis [7]. The biological activity of the molecule was investigated by auto dock software [8] by using Auto dock tools 4.2.1 and PyMOL is used to shows the interaction between protein and ligand.

Results And Discussion

Molecular geometric parameters of BTF

The optimized structural parameters for the BTF molecule are listed in Table 1.

Parameters Bond lengths (Å) Parameters Bond angles (deg)
Experimental values Theoretical values Experimental values Theoretical values
C1-C2 1.369 1.366 C2-C1-S5 113 112.5
C1-S5 1.727 1.719 C2-C1-H6 127.6 127.3
C2-C3 1.415 1.42 S5-C1-H6 119.9 120
C3-C4 1.397 1.382 C1-C2-C3 113 111.7
C3-Br14 1.907 1.907 C2-C3-C4 114.8 114.4
C4-S5 1.727 1.754 C2-C3-Br14 118.9 118.3
C4-C8 1.481 1.485 C4-C3-Br14 127.6 127.3
C8-C9 1.466 1.472 C3-C4-S5 108.3 109.2
C8-O13 1.221 1.229 C3-C4-C8 127.6 136.5
C9-C10 1.33 1.35 S5-C4-C8 116.1 114.1
C10-C15 1.423 1.429 C1-S5-C4 92.6 91.97
C15-C16 1.346 1.374 C4-C8-C9 119.4 120.1
C15-O17 1.367 1.373 C4-C8-O13 119.7 117.9
C16-C18 1.407 1.424 C9-C8-O13 120.7 121.8
O17-C20 1.362 1.355 C8-C9-C10 121.1 119.6
C18-C20 1.327 1.363 C9-C10-C15 127.3 126.1
C1-H6 0.95 1.079 C10-C15-C16 131.8 131.5
C2-H7 0.95 1.08 C10-C15-O17 118.7 119.4
C9-H12 0.95 1.079 C16-C15-O17 109.3 109
C10-H11 0.95 1.085 C15-C16-C18 107.3 106.8
C16-H19 0.95 1.078 C15-O17-C20 105.9 107.3
C18-H21 0.95 1.078 C16-C18-C20 106.2 105.9
C20-H22 0.95 1.077 O17-C20-C18 111.1 110.7
- - - O17-C20-H22 124.4 115.9
- - - C18-C20-H22 124.4 115.9
- - - C1-C2-H7 124.9 124.7
- - - C3-C2-H7 123.1 123.4
- - - C8-C9-H12 119.4 119.7
- - - C10-C9-H12 119.4 120.6
- - - C9-C10-H11 116.3 118.1
- - - C15-C10-H11 116.3 115.6
- - - C15-C16-H19 126.3 125.5
- - - C18-C16-H19 126.3 127.5
- - - C16-C18-H21 126.9 127.6
- - - C20-C18-H21 126.9 126.3

Table 1. The geometrical parameters (Bond lengths (Å) and Bond angles (degree)) of BTF calculated at DFT/B3LYP

The numbering scheme of the atoms of the BTF molecule gained from an optimized structure is manifest in Figure 1.


Figure 1. Structure and atoms numbering of 2(E)-1-(3-bromothiphen-2-yl)-3-(furan-2-yl)prop-2- en-1-one optimized with B3LYP/6-311+G(d,p) approach.

The geometric structure was fully optimized in the higher level of theory (DFT/B3LYP) as well as the basis set. The stability of the optimized geometry was confirmed owing to the lack of negative wave numbers [9]. The optimized geometrical parameters were compared with structurally similar molecules available in literature, i.e) 2(E)-1-(3-bromo-2-thienyl)-3-(4-chlorophenyl)-prop-2-en-1-one and (E)-3-(furan-2-yl)-1-phenylprop-2-en-1-one [10,11]. For the BTF compound C–C bond lengths were C1–C2 = 1.366/1.369 Å (DFT/XRD), C2–C3 = 1.420/1.415 Å, C3–C4 = 1.382/1397 Å, C4–C8 = 1.485/1.481 Å, C8–C9 = 1.472/1.466 Å, C9–C10 = 1.350/1.330 Å, C10–C15 = 1.429/1.423 Å, C15–C16 = 1.374/1.346 Å, C16–C18 = 1.424/1.407 Å and C18–C20 = 1.363/1.327 Å. There are significant similarities between experimental and theoretical data. The C3–Br14 bond in non-polar bond as a consequence of mostly equal sharing of electrons because of electronegativity difference (ΔEN) and higher bond length 1.907/1.907 Å is exactly matched with the experimental value. The C-S bond lengths give a higher value as the lone pair of electrons on S atom repel with the electron on the C atom in the ring. The bond length of C4–S5 and C1–S5 having 1.719/1.727 Å and 1.754/1.727 Å and the calculated value is almost equal to the observed bond length. The C9=C10 bond length is compared to the other non-polar C=C bond length where the value is less due to the adjacent (C8–O13) carbonyl group which undergoes ketoenol tautomerism and gives rise to the chemical equilibrium. In present work, the C–H bond lengths are normally large for DFT/B3LYP theoretical calculations. For the BTF molecule, at C3 position of the thiophene ring, the bond (DFT/EXP) angles C2–C3–C4=114.4°/114.8°, C2–C3–Br14=118.3°/118.9° and C4–C3–Br14=127.3°/127.6° are in line with the literature data. Similarly, at C15 position of furan ring, the bond angles C10–C15–C16=131.5°/131.8°, C10–C15–O17=119.4°/118.7° and C16–C15–O17=109.0°/109.3° and these values were indicate that there is an interaction between C=C and neighboring atoms. C4–C8–C9=120.1°/119.4°, C4–C8–O13=117.9°/119.7° and C9–C8–O13=121.8°/120.7° these deviation angle shows the hyper conjugative interaction between C=O and thiophene ring. The difference between theoretical and experimental geometry be attributed to the fact that calculations were performed on isolated molecule in the gaseous phase to predict theoretical results and the solid state for experimental results.

Vibrational spectral analysis of BTF

The observed (FT-IR and FT-Raman) and computed vibrational frequencies along with their absolute intensities and potential energy distribution (PES) with suitable assignments are given in Table 2.

Mode Experimental Theoretical Reduced mass Force constant (mdyne/Å) Vibrational assignments
wavenumbers Wavenumbers (amu)
(cm-1) (cm-1)
FT-IR FT-Raman Un scaled scaled
1 3096 3047 3276 3181 1.105 6.995 ʋCH(98)
2 - - 3254 3160 1.096 6.846 ʋCH(100)
3 - - 3244 3150 1.092 6.771 ʋCH(95)
4 - - 3240 3147 1.099 6.804 ʋCH(99)
5 - - 3231 3138 1.089 6.705 ʋCH(99)
6 - - 3218 3125 1.089 6.65 ʋCH(100)
7 - - 3171 3079 1.089 6.452 ʋCH(99)
8 1641 1640 1693 1644 6.878 11.62 ʋOC(38)+ʋCC(38)
9 1585 1581 1626 1579 8.939 13.92 ʋOC(49)+ʋCC(14)
10 1550 1548 1584 1568 5.072 7.504 ʋCC(62)+βHCC(10)
11 - - 1530 1514 6.408 8.838 ʋCC(74)
12 1487 1476 1503 1487 4.675 6.225 ʋCC(54)+βHCO(17)
13 - - 1440 1425 7.744 9.47 ʋCC(75)
14 1401 1396 1421 1406 2.802 3.334 ʋCC(31)+βHCC(19)+βHCO(12)+ʋOC(10)
15 - - 1376 1362 2.324 2.593 βHCC(60)+ʋCC(17)
16 1316 - 1344 1330 1.836 1.956 βHCC(47)+ ʋCC(13)
17 - 1285 1308 1294 2.042 2.061 βHCC(48)+ ʋCC(12)
18 1268 - 1284 1271 2.557 2.485 ʋCC(35)+βHCC(20)+βCCO(10)
19 1218 - 1232 1219 2.024 1.81 βHCC(23)+βHCO(14)+ ʋCC(11)
20 1182 - 1198 1185 2.085 1.765 βHCC(35)+ ʋCC(18)
21 - - 1176 1164 2.073 1.692 ʋOC(41)+βHCO(30)+ ʋCC(13)
22 - - 1172 1160 2.181 1.767 ʋCC(46)+βHCC(29)
23 - - 1112 1100 1.323 0.964 βHCC(62)+ ʋCC(14)
24 1084 - 1106 1094 2.215 1.597 ʋOC(32)+ ʋCC(14)+βHCC(12)
25 1022 1019 1040 1029 1.31 0.835 βHCC(66)+ ʋCC(23)
26 - - 1010 999 1.142 0.687 τHCCC(93)
27 975 976 987 977 4.575 2.631 ʋCC(42)+ ʋSC(12)
28 926 - 943 933 3.74 1.961 ʋOC(51) ʋ+βCCO(11)+ ʋCC(10)
29 882 - 902 892 6.147 2.949 βCOC(75)+ ʋOC(15)
30 - - 898 888 1.623 0.772 τHCCH(42)+τHCCC(36)
31 - - 895 885 1.31 0.619 τHCCH(71)+δCCCH(19)
32 - - 890 881 1.59 0.743 τHCCH(32)+τHCCC(31)+δCCOH(13)
33 - 860 881 872 4.633 2.119 βCCC(73)
34 - - 850 841 5.604 2.386 βCCO(31)+ʋSC(16)+βCCC(14)
35 820 - 832 823 1.402 0.572 δCCCH(62)+δCCOH(19)
36 - - 809 800 6.632 2.562 βCCC(29)+ʋSC(25)
37 - - 760 752 1.272 0.434 δCCOH(55)+δCCCH(22)+τHCCH(15)
38 745 - 751 743 2.57 0.854 δOCCC(34)+δCCCH(26)
39 701 - 728 720 1.737 0.544 δCCCH(44)+δOCCC(19)+τHCCH(16)
40 - - 706 698 7.961 2.342 βCCO(17)+βCSC(17)+βCCC(13)
41 - - 666 659 7.488 1.96 βCSC(31)+τCCOC(16)+βCCO(15)
42 654 - 663 656 4.8 1.243 τCCOC(49)
43 - - 605 598 4.217 0.911 τCCCC(56)+τCCCO(14)+τCCCBr(14)
44 594 - 603 596 3.024 0.648 τCCCO(79)
45 506 - 513 507 5.548 0.861 βCCC(57)+SC(10)
46 478 - 465 460 5.749 0.735 τCCSC(48)+βCCC(10)
47 - - 450 445 6.679 0.799 τCCSC(34)+ʋCC(13)+βCCO(10)
48 - - 340 336 3.049 0.208 τCCOC(52)+βCCC(25)
49 - - 333 329 15.32 1.002 ʋBrC(53)+ʋSC(12)
50 - - 283 280 9.75 0.461 βCCC(37)+βCCO(19)+βCCBr(16)
51 - - 252 249 5.478 0.205 τCCCC(42)+βCCC(10)
52 - - 221 218 7.023 0.203 βCCC(29)+βCCBr(15)+ τCCCC(15)
53 - - 208 205 8.842 0.226 βCCBr(26)+βCCC(18)+ʋCC(12)
54 - - 172 170 4.961 0.087 ʋCC(46)+βHCC(29)+τCCCC(28)+ τCCCBr(12)
55 - - 134 132 7.981 0.085 τCCCBr(38)+τCCCC(36)
56 - - 121 119 60878 0.06 τCCCC(24)+βCCC(21)+βCCBr(11)
57 - - 98 97 6.267 0.035 τCCCC(46)+τCCOC(33)
58 - - 46 45 7.677 0.009 βCCC(46)
59 - - 34 33 5.529 0.003 τCCCC(77)
60 - - 12 11 6.487 0 τCCCC(71)

Table 2. The experimental and theoretical vibrational spectra and proposed assignments of BTF molecule at B3LYP method with 6-311+G(d,p) basis set.

The comparable FT-IR and FT-Raman spectra are presented in Figure 2. and Figure 3. Theoretically investigated wavenumbers are usually higher than that of experimental wavenumbers due to the neglect of anharmonicity in a molecule. Therefore, calculated wavenumbers are scaled down by different scaling factors such as 0.9713 for 4000 to 1700 cm-1 and 0.9899 for lower than 1700 cm-1. The calculated vibrational wavenumbers are in line with the experimental wavenumbers after applying the scaling factors.


Figure 2. Experimental FT-IR spectrum of BTF

Figure 3. Experimental FT-Raman spectrum of BTF

C–H vibrations

The organic compounds give rise to the C–H stretching vibrations within the frequency range of 3100-3000 cm-1 [12]. In the present study, the C–H stretching vibration occurs at 3096 cm-1 for the FT-IR spectrum and 3047 cm-1 for FT-Raman and calculated datas are 3181, 3160, 3150, 3147, 3138, 3125 and 3079 cm-1 and PED values acquired at 98, 100, 95, 99, 99, 100 and 99%. The aromatic C–H in-plane bending frequencies are sharp with considerable intensity observed within the range from 1300-1000 cm-1 [13]. C–H in-plane bending vibrations allocated to 1316, 1268, 1218, 1182 and 1022 cm-1 in FT-IR and 1285 and 1019 cm-1 in FT-Raman spectra and corresponding calculated values are 1362, 1330, 1294, 1271, 1219, 1185, 1100 and 1029 cm-1 with PED values of 60, 47, 48, 20, 23, 35, 62 and 66%. The C–H out-of-plane bending modes of BTF appear in the wavenumber range 1000-675 cm-1 [14]. Calculated wavenumbers are 999, 888 and 885 cm-1assigned to deformation modes are in accordance with PED values of 93, 36 and 19%.

C–C vibrations

The ring C–C stretching vibrations named skeletal vibration usually appears in the scale between 1400-1625 cm-1[ 15]. The observed band at 1550, 1487, 1401 and 975 cm-1 in FT-IR and 1548, 1476, 1396 and 976 cm-1 in FT-Raman spectra and peaks at 1568, 1514, 1487, 1425, 1406, 1330, 1294, 1271, 1219 and 1160 cm-1with the PED values of 62, 74, 54, 75, 31, 13, 12, 35, 11 and 46% calculated by using B3LYP method and these results nearly coincide with the experimental data. Raman band at 860cm-1 and FT-IR at 506 cm-1 assigned to a C–C in-plane bending mode and theoretical bands exhibit 872, 800, 507, 280 and 218 cm-1 with the PED values of 73, 29, 57, 37 and 29% are excellent agreements with the experimental data. The peaks were assigned at 820 and 79 cm-1in FT-IR and FT-Raman to the C–C–C–C deformation mode respectively. The peaks were theoretically determined at 823, 598, 249, 170, 132, 119, 97, 33, and 11 with PED values of 62, 56, 42, 28, 36, 24, 46, 77 and 71%. The predicted BTF values were assigned to the scaled values from the theoretical data.

C=O and C–O vibrations

The vibrational assignments of carbonyl (C=O) group frequencies were observed at strong band owing to the C=O stretching motion of chalcone compounds within the region 1850-1550 cm-1 [16,17] and C-O vibration predicted for the area between 1310-1095 cm-1. The frequency of C=O stretching predominantly decided by bond stretch depends upon the inductive, conjugative, and steric effects. C=O stretching frequency was found at 1641 and 1585 cm-1in IR whereas FT-Raman spectrum shows the nearly same frequency at 1640 and 1581 cm-1. Theoretically calculated at 1644 and 1579 cm-1 for C=O stretching bands with PED contributions of 38 and 49% respectively. Moreover, the lowering of C=O (carbonyl group) stretching vibration refers to the intramolecular C–H…O hydrogen bonding interactions, which is then assessed by NBO analysis. The C–O is stretching vibrations assigned at 1084 and 926 cm-1 for FT-IR spectrum and 1164, 1094 and 933 cm-1 calculated theoretically with PED 41, 32 and 51% respectively. The bending vibrations are also observed theoretically within the expected region and it is listed in Table.2

C–S and C–Br vibrations

The stretching vibrations of the C-S were generally difficult to find and are not consistent. The non-polar C–S stretching vibrations were attributed at 975 and 506 cm-1 [18] in FT-IR spectrum and 977, 841, 800 and 329 cm-1 were observed theoretically with mixed mode using the B3LYP method. The theoretical values are promising with the literature data. The C–S–C is bending modes were calculated at 698 and 659 cm-1 and the deformation modes have been observed at 460 and 445 cm-1 with the contribution of PED 17, 31, 48, and 34% respectively. The corresponding experimental deformation mode occurs at 478 cm-1 in FT-IR spectra. Similarly, the C–Br stretching band was detected at 329 cm-1 with a relevant potential energy distribution value of 53%.

Natural Bond Orbital (NBO) analysis

Natural bond orbital analysis (NBO) provides extreme insight into the hyper conjugative interactions, inter-intra molecular hydrogen bonding and electron density transfer (EDT) [19]. The second order perturbation theory of the Fock matrix was performed to provide strong information about the stabilization energy E(2) which lies in analyzing the interaction between both occupied Lewis NBO’s (bond pair or lone pair) of the donor (i) and an unoccupied Non-Lewis NBO’s of the acceptor. Since these interactions lead to loss of occupancy of the localized orbitals of idealized Lewis structure into the anti-bonding orbitals. Thus, to describe the hybridization and delocalization of electron density were determined for the BTF molecule using the DFT method. The corresponding results such as bond orbital and their occupancy (number of electrons), the orbital energy (in atomic unit) and the composition of natural atomic hybrids of the atoms are listed in Table 3. In the NBO analysis, a high E(2) value depicts the intensive interaction between electron donor and electron acceptor that increases the conjugation of the overall system. Hyper conjugative interactions occur between lone pairs of heteroatoms LP(S5) → π*(C1–C2), LP(O13)→ σ*(C4–C8), LP(Br14)→ π*(C3–C4), LP(Br14)→σ*(C9–H12) and LP(O17)→ π*(C15–C16) having stabilization energies of 28.12, 14.30, 6.82, 13.53 and 22.74 kcal mol-1 respectively. The most effective interaction in the molecule is σ to σ* transitions. For the title molecule, the intensive hyper-conjugative interaction between σ (C20–H22) to σ*(C18–H21) leads to the stabilization energy of 85.24 kcal mol-1 and the hyperconjugation between π(C9–C10)to π*(C8–O13) possess higher stabilization energy of 57.75 kcal mol-1. The other hyper conjugative interactions σ to σ* from σ(C18–C20) → σ*(C18–H21) and σ(O17–C20) →σ*(C18–H2) produces a stabilization energies of 34.48 and 22.40 kcal mol-1 respectively. The hyperconjugation is related to inter and intra molecular energies leading to the stabilization of a system employing large delocalization.

Donor (i) ED/e Acceptor (j) ED/e aE(j)-E(i) bE(i,j) cE(2)
(a.u) (a.u) (kcal mol-1)
LP(S5) 1.549 π*(C1-C2) 0.326 0.25 0.077 28.12
LP(O13) 1.916 σ*(C4-C8) 0.07 0.63 0.085 14.3
LP(Br14) 1.939 π*(C3-C4) 0.419 0.46 0.055 6.82
LP(Br14) 1.934 σ*(C9-H12) 0.067 0.79 0.092 13.53
LP(O17) 1.708 π*(C15-C16) 0.297 0.36 0.08 22.74
σ(C1-C2) 1.978 σ*(C3-Br14) 0.04 0.81 0.064 6.31
π(C1-C2) 1.843 π*(C3-C4) 0.419 0.43 0.062 9.82
σ(C2-C3) 1.978 σ*(C4-C8) 0.07 1.08 0.063 4.46
π(C3-C4) 1.82 π*(C1-C2) 0.014 0.3 0.062 14.91
σ(C4-S5) 1.966 σ*(C3-Br14) 0.04 0.8 0.07 7.78
σ(C4-C8) 1.971 σ*(C9-C10) 0.022 1.35 0.068 4.34
σ(C8-C9) 1.966 σ*(C9-C10) 0.022 1.56 0.103 8.57
σ(C8-O13) 1.987 σ*(C8-C9) 0.039 1.77 0.088 5.39
π(C8-O13) 1.945 π*(C2-C10) 0.151 0.73 0.053 4.59
σ(C9-C10) 1.968 σ*(C8-C9) 0.039 1.59 0.107 8.92
π(C9-C10) 1.733 π*(C8-O13) 0.344 0.3 0.119 57.75
σ(C9-H12) 1.951 σ*(C8-O13) 0.022 1.3 0.084 6.71
σ(C10-H11) 1.96 σ*(C15-O17) 0.041 0.78 0.069 7.64
π(C15-C16) 1.783 π*(C9-C10) 0.151 0.68 0.059 6.19
σ(C16-C18) 1.965 σ*(C10-C15) 0.028 1.05 0.08 7.67
σ(O17-C20) 1.988 σ*(C18-H21) 0.01 5.47 0.313 22.4
σ(C18-C20) 1.987 σ*(C18-H21) 0.01 5.35 0.384 34.48
π(C18-C20) 1.834 π*(C15-C16) 0.297 0.3 0.062 14.95
σ(C20-H22) 1.987 σ*(C18-H21) 0.01 5.17 0.593 85.24

Table 3. Second order perturbation theory investigations of Fock matrix in NBO basis of BTF compound.

Electronic properties

The frontier molecular orbitals which are the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) were examined to understand the chemical reactivity of the molecule. It will be explained by electronic absorption, which is linked to the transition from ground to the first excited state and it is specially denoted by one electron excitation from the HOMO to the LUMO [20,21]. The energies of HOMO and LUMO accurately explicates the global reactivity of the molecule viz., ionization potential (IP=–EHOMO), electron affinity (EA=–ELUMO), electronegativity (χ=IP+EA/2), global softness (S=1/ɳ), global hardness (ɳ=IP–EA/2) and electrophilicity index (ɷ=µ2/2ɳ). The global descriptors are listed in Table.4.and HOMO-LUMO energy plots illustrate in Figure 4.


Figure 4. Frontier molecular orbitals, HOMO and LUMO energy gap for the BTF

HOMO energy lying at –6.3677 eV is localized over the furan ring, C=C and carbonyl (C=O) group whereas LUMO energy is found to be –2.7054 eV which is π* orbital, localized on the overall compound with large anti-bonding nature. The frontier orbital energy (ΔE) gap or the HOMO-LUMO gap theoretically obtained is 3.662 eV basis set and the small energy gap of molecule confirms the charge transfer taking place within the molecule. To understand the intramolecular electronic transition of BTF UV-Vis absorption spectra has been studied. The experimental UV-Vis spectrum was recorded at 200-600 nm using methanol as a solvent. The theoretical UV-Vis spectrum was computed by DFT methods in Figure 5.


Figure 5. Experimental and theoretical UV-Vis absorption spectra of BTF

The electronic absorption spectra of BTF have experimentally been absorbed in 205, 240 and 355 nm. Theoretically predicted electronic spectra at 355 nm in methanol as a solvent with an oscillator strength f=0.4154 which is in agreement with reported values. The maximum absorbed wavelength was assigned from HOMO-3 (highest occupied molecular orbital) to the LUMO (lowest unoccupied molecular orbital) with 37% contribution. The respective energy band gap was computed for the BTF compound. The UV-Vis spectrum predicts experimentally and theoretically is depicted

Molecular Electrostatic Potential (MEP)

MEP is a quantitative method utilized to illustrate the electronegativity, structure-activity relationship and relative polarity of the molecule. MEP gives the essential information such as Drug – receptors and enzyme-substrate interactions. The qualitative assessment of MEP is used to predict the electrophilic and nucleophilic reactions to study biological activity and hydrogen bonding interactions(Figure 6)[22,23].


Figure 6. Molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) for BTF molecule

Figure 6 shows a pictorial depiction of the chemical reactivity sites and comparative reactivity of atoms. The most electronegative potential is represented by red color which corresponds to electrophilic reactivity and the most positive electrostatic potential is related to the nucleophilic reactivity which is indicated by blue color. The electrostatic potential is nearly zero for the green region. The negative electrostatic potential was related to an attraction of protons within the molecule (deepest red) whereas positive electrostatic potential was compatible with the repulsion of proton by the atomic nuclei (deepest blue). From the results, the molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) map shows that the electrophilic attack is localized in C=O (carbonyl group) as well as the positive electrostatic potentials was caped on the hydrogen atoms. These are the regions where the molecule can have interactions. The neutral electrostatic potential is localized on the π system of aromatic rings, the most electrophilic site in the oxygen atom for BTF molecule.

Non-linear optical properties (NLO)

The non-linear optical properties of the compound have been extensively exploited in telecommunication, signal processing and optical interconnections [24]. The interaction between light and electrons modifies the frequency, phase, or other propagation characteristics, causing NLO effects in organic materials. The strong NLO property is produced by the organic compound which has the large delocalized π-electrons, maximum value of dipole moment and first order hyperpolarizability [25]. The dipole moment is considered an essential descriptor because of their measurement of charge movement within the molecule. The whole set of equations utilized for the estimation of magnitude of the total dipole moment (µ), polarizability (α), the anisotropy of polarizability (Δα) and first order hyperpolarizability (β) have been calculated by DFT method and the equations are followed as,

µtot = (µx2+µy2 +µz2) 1/2

α = 1/3(αxx +αyy+αzz)

Δα = 2-1/2 [(αxx – αyy)2 + (αyy– αzz) 2 + (αzz–αxx) 2 6α2xx] 1/2

βtot = (µx + µy + µz)

βx = βxxx +βxyy+ βxzz

βy = βyyy +βxxy+ βyzz

βz = βzzz +βxxz+ βyyz

These parameters are important for determining the optical properties of the compound. For the BTF compound, the highest dipole moment value (µtot = 2.5463 Debye) denotes the high electronegativity of the compound, which is also demonstrated by the molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) surface plot. The mean polarizability and first order hyperpolarizability of the molecule under exploration is established to be 5.617 × 10-24esu and 1.171 × 10-30esu. The result of large polarizability shows that the BTF molecule is biologically active [26], as shown in Table 5. The calculated first order hyperpolarizability is 1.171 × 10-30esu. This is 15.00 times higher than that of urea (β = 7.803 × 10-30esu). Urea is considered a prototypical compound for assessing NLO properties in the molecular system. The results of first order hyperpolarizability that confirms the title molecule can be considered as a good NLO active material.

Antifungal Activity

The antifungal activity against BTF compound was studied among three fungi namely Trichophyton spp, Microsporum gypseum and Aspergillus niger compared to the standard Amphotericin-B as displayed in Figure 7.


Figure 7. Antifungal activity of BTF compound.

and the results were presented in Table 6. The zone of inhibition was found to be higher in Aspergillus niger (14 mm) when compared to Trichophyton spp and Microsporum gypseum (10 mm) at the highest concentration of 1000µg/mL [27]. That the title compound consists of a more significant inhibitory effect for Aspergillus niger from three fungal strains

Zone of inhibition (mm)
Organisms Concentration(µg/mL) Antibiotic
1000 750 500 (1mg/mL)
Trychophyton 10 10 9 13
Microsporum gypseum 10 10 9 12
Aspergillus niger 14 13 11 15

Table 6.In vitro Antifungal activity of the BTF compound at different concentrations (as MIC in mm).

Anti-inflammatory activity

Bovine-serum albumin denaturation method was utilized to evaluate the anti-inflammatory property of the BTF Compound. The results were summarized in Table 7.

Concentration (µg/mL) Absorbance data at 660 nm % Inhibition
200 29.28 65.79
400 38.09 74.56
600 43.52 78.76
800 58.59 77.82
1000 75.4 83.85

Table 7. Anti-inflammatory activity of target compound against the Serum Albumin Protein Denaturation Assay at different concentrations.

The activity of the compound was studied with five various concentrations (200, 400, 600, 800 and 1000 μg). All the concentrations showed significant anti-inflammatory activity against bovine serum albumin denaturation; among these, the maximum denaturation activity was observed at the highest concentration (81.83% at 1000 μg/mL) when compared to the control diclofenac sodium [28].

Molecular docking analysis

In this present study, the molecular docking analysis is an explication of the most energetically favourable binding pose of a ligand to its protein in terms of the binding energy. The molecular docking study can be performed by using Auto Dock 4.2.6, which is automated docking software. [29]. Originally, the energy of the BTF molecule was minimized by Density Functional Method (DFT). The energy-reduced BTF (ligand) structure was docked at the active site of the 5-LOX (5-lipoxygenase) protein. The binding energy and hydrogen bond value of the drug molecule and their protein targets were completely analyzed for the title compound at where 5-LOX protein interact as represented in Figure 8.(a) and Figure 8.(b) and the values are listed in Table 8.


Figure 8.(a) Ligand interactions of BTF with 5-LOX (5-lipoxygenase).


Figure 8.(b) Ligand interactions co-crystal of BTF with 5-LOX (5-lipoxygenase).

The 3D crystal structure of the protein was downloaded from the research collaborator structural bioinformatics (RCSB) protein data bank. Co-crystalline ligand cofactors and all water molecules were removed from the proteins via the Auto Dock Tools (ADT) graphical user interface. Polar hydrogen was later added and atomic charges were calculated using the kollamn and Gasteiger method. The active site of the protein has been defined with grid size 60Å×60Å× 60Å and the Lamarckian genetic algorithm (LGA) has been used to perform the process. A target protein (5-LOX) belongs to a heterogeneous family of cellular responses, associated with normal host defence and inflammation. It catalysis the first two steps in leukotriene A4 (LTA4) biosynthesis. The oxidation of arachidonic acid (AA) at C-5 to yield 5-hydroxy-6,8,10,14-eicosatetraenoic acid (5-HPETE) and the subsequent dehydration to the key intermediate LTA4 (LTA4 synthase activity) which is followed by the synthesis of leukotrienes (LTS). 5-LOX is implicated in the treatment of various inflammatory diseases such as asthma, allergic and inflammatory disorders. [30].

Compounds Hydrogen bond interaction Distance (A) Binding energy (kcal/mol)
BTF His-432 3.15 -5.68
Arg-596 3.22
Thr366 2.78 -5.35
Co-crystal Thr545 2.59
Leu448 2.62

Table 8. Binding energy and ligand interaction hydrogen bond profile of BTF and co-crystal compound with 5-LOX (5-lipoxygenase): PDB ID: 6n2w

The binding free energy was -5.68 Kcal/mol. The BTF molecule binds with target protein and found to be two hydrogen bond interactions via N–H…O amino acids of His432 at a distance of 3.15 and O–H…N amino acid of Arg596 at a distance of 3.22 Å. In another case of the co-crystal compound also have three hydrogen bond interactions with active site amino acids of Thr366, Thr545 and Leu448 and distance of 2.78, 2.59 and 2.62 respectively. Based on this results suggest that the title compound could have anti-inflammatory activity. Further, experimental validation is needed for this compound.


DFT methods were used to analyze and study the structure, electronic, vibrational and other molecular properties of 2(E)-1-(3-bromothiophene-2-yl)-3-(furan-2-yl)prop-2-en-1-one (BTF). Optimized geometrical parameters (bond lengths and bond angles) are theoretically investigated using the DFT method and compared to the experimental results. The vibrational assignments and PED were examined to confirm the presence of various functional groups. The UV-Visible absorption spectra were recorded for the title compound and also evaluated from the TD-DFT method. The wavelengths of UV absorptions were found to be 205, 240 and 355 nm. The HOMO and LUMO energies were determined and the energy gap was found as 3.662 eV. The electrophilicity (5.618 eV) values were reckoned from the HOMO and LUMO energies and found to be significantly high. This confirms that the BTF as a biologically active. The molecular electrostatic potential shows the electronegative potential on the oxygen atom of a carboxylic group (C=O) while the electropositive potential caped on hydrogen atoms. The predicted first order hyperpolarizability of the BTF molecule is 1.171 × 10-30 esu and the dipole moment is 2.546 Debye and the first order hyperpolarizability is fifteen times greater than that of NLO standard material urea, which found the BTF molecule to be a good candidate for non-linear optical applications. The antifungal activity results show the greater activity for the Aspergillus niger strain as compared to the Trichophyton and Microsporum gypseum strains. The BTF compound showed good anti-inflammatory activity at 1000 μg/mL with 81.83% when compared to the control diclofenac sodium. From the docking, results reveal that title compound BTF has a good binding ability similar to co-crystal inhibitors.

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