Metalaxyl is an acylamine fungicide, belonging to the most widely known member of the amide group. This task is aimed to scrutinize binding region and spatial structural change of principal vector human serum albumin (HSA) complex with (R)-/(S)-metalaxyl by exploiting molecular modeling, steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence, and circular dichroism (CD) approaches. According to molecular modeling, (R)-metalaxyl is situated within subdomains IIA and IIIA and the affinity of site I with (R)-metalaxyl is greater than site II, whereas (S)-metalaxyl is only located at subdomain IIA and the affinity of (S)-metalaxyl with site I is superior compared with that with (R)-metalaxyl. This coincides with the competitive ligand binding, guanidine hydrochloride-induced unfolding of protein, and hydrophobic 8-anilino-1-naphthalenesulfonic acid experiments; the acting forces between (R)-/(S)-metalaxyl and HSA are hydrophobic, π-π interactions, and hydrogen bonds, as derived from molecular modeling. Fluorescence emission manifested that the complex of (R)-/(S)-metalaxyl to HSA is the formation of adduct with an affinity of 10(4) M(-1) , which corroborates the time-resolved fluorescence that the static type was operated. Furthermore, the changes of far-UV CD spectra evidence the polypeptide chain of HSA partially unfolded after conjugation with (R)-/(S)-metalaxyl. Through this work, we envisage that it can offer central clues on the biodistribution, absorption, and bioaccumulation of (R)-/(S)-metalaxyl. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.