Experimental and computational study of hydrolysis and photolysis of antibiotic ceftriaxone: Degradation kinetics, pathways, and toxicity

Časopis: Science of The Total Environment

Volume 768

ISSN: 0048-9697

DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.144991

Stranice: 144991-144991

Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.144991

In this work, we have experimentally and computationally investigated the process of hydrolysis and photolysis of cephalosporin antibiotics with ceftriaxone (CEF) as a model compound. The CEF hydrolysis was investigated in ultrapure and natural water, at 25 ± 1 °C and 4 ± 1 °C in the dark. It was found that CEF after 100 and 900 days at 25 ± 1°C and 4 ± 1 °C, respectively practically completely removed from ultrapure water. The CEF hydrolysis in natural water was five and three times slower at 25 ± 1 °C and 4 ± 1 °C, respectively than in ultrapure water. Further, the efficiency of direct photolysis (solar/UVA-B) and solar/H2O2 treatment of CEF was investigated. Under UVA-B radiation 95.6% of CEF was removed after 60 min, while for the same time of solar radiation degradation was practically not observed (only 3.2%). Also, the effects of different concentrations of H2O2 (0–150 mM) in the presence/absence of solar radiation were studied. The most efficient solar/H2O2 treatment was in the presence of 90 mM H2O2, whereby 66.8% of CEF was removed after 60 min (41.8% by indirect photolysis, 21.8% by H2O2-oxidation, and 3.2% by direct photolysis). Radial distribution functions (RDF) provided information about the distribution of water around the CEF molecule. Aside from the RDF, investigation of intramolecular noncovalent interactions and calculations of bond dissociation energies for hydrogen abstraction enabled understanding of degradation mechanism of CEF. In order to investigate sensitivity of CEF towards the radical attacks, the concept of Fukui functions was used. The structures of intermediates and degradation pathways were suggested by UHPLC-LTQ OrbiTrap MS and density functional theory calculations. Toxicity assessments showed that intermediates formed during hydrolysis exerted only mild cell growth effects in selected cell lines.
Ključne reči: Ceftriaxone, Hydrolysis, Solar/H2O2 treatment, Degradation pathways, Computational analysis, Toxicity