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In vivo antimicrobial activity of silver nanoparticles produced via a green chemistry synthesis using Acacia rigidula as a reducing and capping agent

Authors Escárcega-González CE, Garza-Cervantes JA, Vazquez-Rodríguez A, Montelongo-Peralta LZ, Treviño-Gonzalez MT, Díaz Barriga-Castro E., Saucedo-Salazar EM, Chávez Morales RM, Regalado-Soto DI, Treviño-González FM, Carrazco Rosales JL, Villalobos Cruz R, Morones-Ramirez JR

Received 22 December 2017

Accepted for publication 24 February 2018

Published 17 April 2018 Volume 2018:13 Pages 2349—2363


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Thomas Webster

Carlos Enrique Escárcega-González,1,2 JA Garza-Cervantes,1,2 A Vázquez-Rodríguez,1,2 Liliana Zulem Montelongo-Peralta,1,2 MT Treviño-González,3 E Díaz Barriga Castro,4 EM Saucedo-Salazar,4 RM Chávez Morales,5 DI Regalado Soto,5 FM Treviño González,5 JL Carrazco Rosales,6 Rocío Villalobos Cruz,6 José Rubén Morones-Ramírez1,2

1Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Pedro de Alba, S/N, San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León, México; 2Centro de Investigación en Biotecnología y Nanotecnología, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Parque de Investigación e Innovación Tecnológica, Apodaca, Nuevo León, México; 3Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Facultad de Ingeniería Mecánica y Eléctrica, Pedro de Alba, S/N, San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León, México; 4Centro de Investigación en Química Aplicada, Saltillo, Coah, México; 5Departamento de Fisiología y Farmacología, Centro de Ciencias Básicas, Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes, Colonia Ciudad Universitaria, Aguascalientes, México; 6Departamento de Microbiología, Centro de Ciencias Básicas, Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes, Colonia Ciudad Universitaria, Aguascalientes, Mexico

Introduction: One of the main issues in the medical field and clinical practice is the development of novel and effective treatments against infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. One avenue that has been approached to develop effective antimicrobials is the use of silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs), since they have been found to exhibit an efficient and wide spectrum of antimicrobial properties. Among the main drawbacks of using Ag-NPs are their potential cytotoxicity against eukaryotic cells and the latent environmental toxicity of their synthesis methods. Therefore, diverse green synthesis methods, which involve the use of environmentally friendly plant extracts as reductive and capping agents, have become attractive to synthesize Ag-NPs that exhibit antimicrobial effects against resistant bacteria at concentrations below toxicity thresholds for eukaryotic cells.
Purpose: In this study, we report a green one-pot synthesis method that uses Acacia rigidula extract as a reducing and capping agent, to produce Ag-NPs with applications as therapeutic agents to treat infections in vivo.
Materials and methods: The Ag-NPs were characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM, selected area electron diffraction, energy-dispersive spectroscopy, ultraviolet–visible, and Fourier transform infrared.
Results: We show that Ag-NPs are spherical with a narrow size distribution. The Ag-NPs show antimicrobial activities in vitro against Gram-negative (Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and a clinical multidrug-resistant strain of P. aeruginosa) and Gram-positive (Bacillus subtilis) bacteria. Moreover, antimicrobial effects of the Ag-NPs, against a resistant P. aeruginosa clinical strain, were tested in a murine skin infection model. The results demonstrate that the Ag-NPs reported in this work are capable of eradicating pathogenic resistant bacteria in an infection in vivo. In addition, skin, liver, and kidney damage profiles were monitored in the murine infection model, and the results demonstrate that Ag-NPs can be used safely as therapeutic agents in animal models.
Conclusion: Together, these results suggest the potential use of Ag-NPs, synthesized by green chemistry methods, as therapeutic agents against infections caused by resistant and nonresistant strains.

Keywords: silver nanoparticles, green synthesis, in vitro antibacterial activity, in vivo antibacterial activity, skin infection, toxicological study

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