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Antibacterial Activity of Silver Nanoparticles Using Ulva fasciata Extracts as Reducing Agent and Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate as Stabilizer



Ragaa Abd El Fatah Hamouda, Mahmoud Abd El-Mongy and Kamel Fatehy Eid
 
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Background and Objective: Silver nanoparticles were synthesized via chemical reduction and using stabilizers agents. This study aimed to compare between biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) by marine alga Ulva fasciata (U. fasciata) as reducing and stabilizing agents with biosynthesis of AgNPs by marine alga U. fasciata as reducing agents and sodium dodecyl sulfate as stabilizer against bacterial activities. Materials and Methods: In this study macro green alga (Ulva fasciata) aqueous extracts using as reducing agents to reduce Ag ions to Ag0 and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) as stabilizer. Ultra violet-visible spectroscopy, transmission electron microscope (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). Zeta potential and zeta sizer were used to characterize green synthesis silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). Results: Biosynthesis of AgNPs showed broad surface plasmon resonance peak at 446, 428 and 426 nm with 1 h and 1 and 2 weeks that reflects the stability of nanoparticles until 2 weeks. Transmission electron microscopy study proved that the shape is spherical and average size was ranged from 9-20 nm. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy analysis (FTIR) indicated evidence that pretence of amide band of protein as possible reducing agents. Zeta potential was at -30, zeta sizer indicated that the size range around 53.5 nm. Biosynthesis AgNPs had antibacterial activities against Escherichia coli ATTCC 8739, Proteus mirabilis ATTCC 9240, Micrococcus leutus and Kocuria varians. Conclusion: The biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles using U. fasciata aqueous extracts as reducing agents and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) as stabilizer had highest inhibition activity against both Gram-negative and Gram-positive pathogenic bacteria more than silver nanoparticles biosynthesis by U. fasciata aqueous extracts as reducing and stabilizing agents and also AgNO3 as a bulk.

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Ragaa Abd El Fatah Hamouda, Mahmoud Abd El-Mongy and Kamel Fatehy Eid, 2018. Antibacterial Activity of Silver Nanoparticles Using Ulva fasciata Extracts as Reducing Agent and Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate as Stabilizer. International Journal of Pharmacology, 14: 359-368.

DOI: 10.3923/ijp.2018.359.368

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=ijp.2018.359.368
 
Received: July 17, 2017; Accepted: October 26, 2017; Published: February 23, 2019


Copyright: © 2018. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the creative commons attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

INTRODUCTION

Silver nanoparticles are highly effective against bacteria, fungi and cancer cells1-3 and also used as antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-angiogenesis, anti-platelet and anti-permeability activity4. Nanoparticles have advantageous in food packing, cosmetics, paints and textile industry5,6. Silver nanoparticles had many applications such as conductive inks, cosmetics, microelectronics, adhesives, coating for solar energy, intercalation materials for electrical batteries, diagnostics, silver nanocoated medical devices, optical receptors and therapeutics7-13. Many methods of silver nanoparticles synthesis have been reported such as grinding, thermal decomposition of silver bulk, beam electron irradiation, vapor condensation and chemical reduction of silver ions14-17. Chemical synthesis of silver ions is demand reducing agents and surfactant as stabilizer in bulk solutions18. Many reducing agents have effective in synthesis silver nanoparticles such as hydrazine, citrate ions, triethanolamine, ethylene glycol and sugars19-24. Stabilizers as polyvinyl pyrrolidone, fatty acids and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS)18,21,25. From the above reports, synthesis of nanoparticales needs high pressure, temperature, toxic chemicals and also very high expensive26-28. Green syntheses of silver nanoparticles using plants have ecofriendly methods without using of expensive cost and toxic chemicals29. Seaweeds have valuable contents such as polysaccharides (laminarians, alginates and fucans) that using of synthesis of pharmaceutical and nutraceutical compounds30. Seaweed mediated reduction of silver into Ag nanoparticles using Ulva lactuca30. Ulva fasciata has potent therapeutic value and it is used for synthesis of silver nanoparticles31. Silver nanoparticles synthesis by Ulva fasciata have toxic against cancer1,31,32. Silver nanoparticles synthesis by Ulva fasciata had very high antibacterial activity against the common pathogens bacteria of human and fish33.

The present study aimed to study the ability of Ulva fasciata aqueous extracts to reduce Ag+ ions to Ag0. Demonstrate the characterization of biosynthesis of AgNPs by UV-spectrophotometry, SEM, TEM, FTIR, zeta potential and zeta sizer. Determine the potential effects of biosynthesis of AgNPs with stabilizer (SDS) concentration and without stabilizer against pathogenic bacteria.

MATERIALS AND METHODS

This study was carried out in Microbial Biotechnology Department, Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Research Institute, University of Sadat City, Sadat City,, Egypt at 2016.

Ulva fasciata: Alga was collected from shallow water beside the shore of Abu-qur coast Alexandria Egypt and was identified according to Taylor34.

Preparations of Ulva fasciata aqueous extracts: One gram of dry powder Ulva fasciata was added to100 mL DD water, boiled for 1 h then filtrated.

Biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs): According of methods of Devi et al.35,10 mL of previous prepared extract was added slowly to 90 mL of freshly prepared 0.1 mM of silver nitrate (AgNO3) Sigma Aldrich with stirring and heating at 40°C until the color change to red.

Biosynthesis of AgNPs with stabilizer (SDS): The synthesis of AgNPs with stabilizer (SDS) was carried out by adding different concentration of sodium dodecyl sulfate (1, 3, 6 and 9 mM) as stabilizer to fresh prepared AgNPs with stirring and heating at 40°C for 30 min.

Characterization of silver nanoparticles biosynthesized using Ulva fasciata silver ions: Silver (Ag+) was reduced in aqueous extract of marine alga U. fasciata and formed silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). The biosynthesis of AgNPs were monitored using ultra violet-visible spectroscopy (Shimadzu UV-1601PC spectrophotometer, England) for wavelength 200-700 nm for 2 weeks to determine the stability. The size and shape of AgNPs were characterized by transmission electron microscope (TEM) (JEOL, JEM-2100, Japan). Surface morphology, size and distribution of AgNPs were monitored by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) JEOL JSM-6510/v, Japan. Energy dispersive X-ray EDX detector system (JEOL, JEM-2100, Japan) was used to determine the composition of elements of the nanoparticles sample. Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) was used to investigate the biomolecules in U. fasciata aqueous extract that responsible for the reduction and capping of silver ions to form nanoparticles. Zeta potential value and size distribution of the nanoparticles were investigated using zeta potential analyzer (Malven Zeta size Nano-Zs90).

Pathogen selection: Microorganisms selected in this study are four human pathogen bacteria two of them are Gram negative bacteria Escherichia coli ATTCC 8739 and Proteus mirabilis ATTCC 9240, the others are Gram positive bacteria Micrococcus leutus and Kocuria varians.

Antibacterial activity of AgNPs
Paper disc diffusion assay: Antibacterial activity was investigated using the agar diffusion technique36 in Petri dishes. Briefly 25 μL of AgNPs with different concentrations (25, 50, 75 and 100 μg mL–1) were loaded on sterile and air dried filter paper (Whatman No.1 and 3 mm in diameter). The papers were placed on the surface of nutrient agar media and 105 CFU mL–1 of bacterial cells were spread on the surface of the nutrients agar plate. The plate were incubated at 30°C, after 28 h were investigated clear zone around the filter paper desk that indicated of antibacterial activity of AgNPs against Escherichia coli ATTCC 8739, Proteus mirabilis ATTCC 9240, Micrococcus leutus and Kocuria varians.

Morphological characters of E. coli ATTCC 8739: The change of morphological characters of E. coli ATTCC 8739 was determined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) JEOL JSM-6510/v, Japan, before and after treatments with AgNPs. After 48 h, bacterial cells suspension centrifuged micro hematocrit centrifuges Hunan, China (Mainland) and washed with phosphate buffer and fixed with 2% glutaraldehyde and 1% osmium tetroxide. After fixation sample was washed with buffer solution and followed by dehydration. The dehydrated bacteria were dried immediately and coated with gold/palladium and then examined by SEM.

RESULTS AND DISCUSSION

Morphological characters of biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles: The color of the biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles was turned to yellowish brown while the control of algal extract was colorless .

Stability of silver nanoparticles reduced by Ulva fasciata
UV-spectroscopy:
The UV-spectroscopy of biosynthesis AgNPs shows intense peak due to the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of AgNPs at 446, 428 and 426 nm where the intensity was 0.186, 0.317 and 0.341 after 24 h, 1 and 2 weeks, respectively. The results indicated that no significant changes in peak intensity were noticed with 1st and 2nd weeks and also AgNPs synthesis by U. fasciata aqueous extract had stability when storage at room temperature for 2 weeks, Fig. 1. These results agree with Govindaraju et al.37, who reported that silver (SPR) band presented at 424 nm and steadily increased in intensity as increase of time reaction without any shift in the peak wavelength. The increase of intensity within 2 weeks indicated the increase of concentrations of nanoparticles38. The broadened peak indicating increased concentration of nanoparticles39 and also the nanoparticles are polydispersed30. The UV-spectroscopy of biosynthesis AgNPs by U. flexuosa show intense peak at 430 nm40.The surface plasmon resonance SPR band characteristics of AgNPs were detected around 400-450 nm depending on its size, this results suggested that the spherical shape of nanoparticles and confirmed by TEM41.

Characterization of silver nanoparticles biosynthesized using Ulva fasciata silver ions
Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM): The results in Fig. 2 show that scanning electron microscope of biosynthesis of AgNPs. These results investigated that the nanoparticles were spherical in shape, well distributed on U. fasciata aqueous extract and low density dispersion.

Transmission electron microscope (TEM): The result in Fig. 3 shows that the micrograph of silver nanoparticles synthesis by Ulva fasciata aqueous extract has spherical shaped, well distribution in solution and the range of particles size is 11-37 nm as shown in Fig. 4. Rahimi et al.40 investigated that the silver nanoparticles synthesis by U. flexuosa had size range within 2-32 nm. Abirami and Kowsalya31 observed that the size of AgNPs synthesis by U. fasciata was ranging from 28-41 nm and spherical in shape. The average size of silver nanoparticles synthesized by U. lactuca was 20 nm and spherical in shape30.

Energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy analysis: Energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy analysis indicated to verify the presence of silver in aqueous AgNPs. The horizontal axis denotes to energy and vertical axis display the number of counts of X-ray42. The presented spectrum could clearly showed five peaks which located between 1-6 KV. The quantitative analysis cleared that higher percentage of silver content (46%) and present of other elements Na, S, CL and Fe which represent 2.79, 25.49, 24.2 and 1.51%, respectively in nanoparticles suspension synthesis by U. fasciata, Fig. 4 and Table 1.

Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy: Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy was used to identify the functional thesis by U. fasciata. The results in Fig. 5 denote that the groups that coating Ag nanoparticles syn.absorption peaks at 1633 and 1385 cm–1 which indicated that the presence of amide band in proteins. These peaks indicated that reducing and stabilizer AgNO3 by alga extract to Ag0 38. The primary amines of proteins in plant extracts play a major role in the reduction of AgNO3 to AgNPs43.

Fig. 1(a-c):
Ultra-violet visible spectrums (UV) of Ag nanoparticle suspension reduced with Ulva fasciata aqueous extract and stabilized by SDS (a) after 24 h (b) after 1 week and (c) after 2 weeks

Fig. 2: Scanning electron microscope (SEM) of Ag nanoparticles

Zeta potential: The zeta potential is refer to surface charge of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) and it is useful parameters to analyze the long term stability of nanoparticles. Zeta potential is important parameter to predict the stability of AgNPs. Zeta potential less than -20 mV and more than +20 mV predicts good physical stability.

Table 1:
Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis of AgNPs suspension reduced with Ulva fasciata aqueous extractand stabilized by SDS

The zeta potential value of biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles by Ulva fasciata was 30.7 mV. The results in Fig. 6 indicated that AgNPs synthesis by Ulva fasciata is a good stability because the repulsive forces prevent aggregation with aging.

Particle size: The results of Fig. 7 indicated that a distribution range between 30 and 500 nm with an average nanoparticles size around 53.50 nm. These results refer to AgNPs synthesis by U. fasciata has some aggregation.

Fig. 3:
Transmission electron microscopic image of silver nanoparticles biosynthesized by Ulva fasciata aqueous extract and stabilized by SDS

Fig. 4:
Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis of Ag nanoparticle suspension reduced with Ulva fasciata aqueous extract

Fig. 5:
FTIR of Ag nanoparticle suspension reduced with Ulva fasciata aqueous extract and stabilized by SDS

Antibacterial assay: The results obtained from Fig. 8 show different concentrations of biosynthesis of AgNPs had antibacterial activity against two Gram positive bacteria Micrococcus leutus and Kocuria varians and Gram negative bacteria Escherichia coli ATTCC 8739 and Proteus mirabilis ATTCC 9240. The best concentrations effects on the tested bacteria had 100 μg mL–1 followed by 75, 50 and 25 μg mL–1, respectively. Proteus mirabilis ATTCC 9240 was most sensitive strain with AgNPs among other tested bacteria. When added sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) as stabilizer against to AgNPs reduced by Ulva fasciata aqueous extract, the zone of inhibition around the disk was increased, indicated that SDS effect on the stability and polydispersity of silver nanoparticles and biosynthesis of AgNPs with SDS as stabilizer was highest activity against pathogenic bacteria than biosynthesis AgNPs without stabilizer. The highest antibacterial activity was observed against Gram positive bacteria Micrococcus leutus, followed by Escherichia coli ATTCC 8739. The most concentrations that effect on the AgNPs stabilizers were 6 mM (Fig. 9, 10).

Fig. 6: Zeta-potential analysis

Fig. 7:
Particle size distribution of silver nanoparticles reduced with Ulva fasciata aqueous extract and stabilized by SDS

Fig. 8:
Effect of different concentrations of silver nanoparticles reduced with Ulva fasciata aqueous extract against pathogenic bacteria
 
Inhibition zone mm+the zone of paper 3 mm, Bars represent are standard error of means

Fig. 9:
Antibacterial activity of AgNPs reduced with U. fasciata and with different concentrations of sodium dodecyl sulfate (1, 3, 6 and 9 mM) as stabilizer against pathogenic bacteria
 
Inhibition zone mm+the zone of paper 3 mm. Bars represent are standard error three replicates of means

Fig. 10(a-c):
Antibacterial activity of silver nanoparticles reduced with Ulva fasciata aqueous extract and using 6mm SDS as stabilizer against Gram negative and Gram positive bacteria Treatments: (a) 0.1 mM AgNO3+6 mM SDS, (b) 0.1 mM AgNPs and (c) 0.1 mM AgNPs+6 mM SDS

Fig. 11(a-b):
Scanning electron micrograph showing untreated E. coli ATTCC 8739 (a) Untreated E. coli ATTCC 8739 and (b) E. coli ATTCC 8739 treated with AgNPs, cells disrepute

The results regarding scanning electron micrograph of Escherichia coli ATTCC 8739 before and after treatments with AgNPs is shown in Fig. 11. Obtained results indicated that E. coli ATTCC 8739 has rod shaped. Silver nanoparticles inhabited cell division, penetrating through cell membrane, damaging of bacterial cells44. AgNPs also caused leakage of cell content and destruction of bacterial cells45. The inhibition activity of AgNPs was related to free radicals that were caused destruction of the cell membrane. Free radicals (ROS) can exist in extracellular and also intracellular46.

CONCLUSION

The biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles easily synthesis by using Ulva fasciata aqueous extracts as reducing agents and SDS as stabilizing agents. Nanoparticles were produced had stability until 2 weeks, spherical, well distributed and size range between 11-37 nm according to TEM and SEM. Biosynthesis of AgNPs had negative charge and present some aggregation according to zeta potential and zeta sizer. Biosynthesis of AgNPs had powerful antibacterial agent against both Gram negative bacteria and Gram-positive. The treatments E. coli ATTCC 8739 by AgNPs caused bacterial cells explosion and damage.

SIGNIFICANCE STATEMENTS

This study is the first one that produces silver nanoparticles by using aqueous extracts of marine alga Ulva fasciata as reducing agents and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) as stabilizing agents. Silver nanoparticles possessed antibacterial activities against pathogenic bacteria (Escherichia coli ATTCC 8739, Proteus mirabilis ATTCC 9240, Micrococcus leutus and Kocuria varians).

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