Antibacterial activity of gold nanorods against Staphylococcus aureus and Propionibacterium acnes: misinterpretations and artifacts.

Mahmoud, Nouf N and Alkilany, Alaaldin M and Khalil, Enam A and Al-Bakri, Amal G (2017) Antibacterial activity of gold nanorods against Staphylococcus aureus and Propionibacterium acnes: misinterpretations and artifacts. International journal of nanomedicine, 12. pp. 7311-7322. ISSN 1178-2013

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Abstract

The antibacterial activity of gold nanorod (GNR) suspensions of different surface functionalities was investigated against standard strains of Staphylococcus aureus and Propionibacterium acnes, taking into consideration two commonly "overlooked" factors: the colloidal stability of GNR suspensions upon mixing with bacterial growth media and the possible contribution of "impurities/molecules" in GNR suspensions to the observed antibacterial activity. The results demonstrated that cationic polyallylamine hydrochloride (PAH)-GNR were severely aggregated when exposed to bacterial growth media compared to other GNR suspensions. In addition, the free cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) present in GNR suspensions is most likely the origin of the observed antibacterial activity. However, the antibacterial activity of GNR themselves could not be excluded. Probing these two critical control studies prevents misinterpretations and artifacts of the antibacterial activity of nanoparticles. Unfortunately, these practices are usually ignored in the published studies and may explain the significant conflicting results. In addition, this study indicates that GNR could be a promising candidate for the treatment of skin follicular diseases such as acne vulgaris.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QR Microbiology
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email almegdadsharaf@gmail.com
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2018 15:31
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2018 15:31
URI: http://search.srh.edu.sd/id/eprint/2595

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