Agrobacterium-assisted selenium nanoparticles: molecular aspect of antifungal activity

Anil Kumar, Smritilekha Bera, Man Singh and Dhananjoy Mondal

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Keywords: nano


Selenium nanoparticles (SeNPs) were synthesized through the bioreduction of sodium selenite (Na2SeO3) using gram-negative agrobacterium (AGBT) species. Subsequently, their physicochemical properties (pH, viscosity and surface tension) and medicinal activities as anti-dermatophyte against soil keratinophilic fungi at the molecular level were assessed. UV–visible and FTIR spectroscopic data of the biologically synthesized SeNPs were then recorded for confirming the presence of native biological materials adhered to nanoparticles, which are inherently required to enhance the stability and solubility through inhibition of the nanoparticle's natural aggregation and agglomeration. The λ max value between 290–300 nm in the absorption spectra of the biogenic materials in different concentrations of the Na2SeO3 corroborated the presence of SeNPs in the solution. The interaction of SeNPs in solution state was further studied through the determination of pH, viscosity and surface tension values of agrobacterium-derived SeNPs in different solvents. The pH value of SeNPs dispersed in water is reported as above 7.0 and the average viscosity, and surface tensions of the SeNPs are appeared as near to the water. The particle size distribution was further determined by DLS and the highest % of particle size of the synthesized SeNPs is found in between 200–300 nm. The anti-dermatophyte activity and molecular interaction with fungi DNA molecules were assessed providing the highest anti-dermatophyte activity at 0.1 M concentration and it is observed that the quantities and qualities of fungi DNA were affected by SeNPs. Considering all the outcomes of the studies together, our findings suggest that agrobacterium-mediated synthesis of SeNPs is dependent on bacterial metabolisms but not on the concentration of Na2SeO3 and are promising selenium-derived species with potential application in the prevention of fungal infection through denaturation of fungi DNA

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