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Evaluation of Silver Nanoparticle Toxicity in Skin in Vivo and Keratinocytes in Vitro

Samberg, Megan E. and Oldenburg, Steven J and MONTEIRO-RIVIERE, Nancy A (2010) Evaluation of Silver Nanoparticle Toxicity in Skin in Vivo and Keratinocytes in Vitro. Environmental Health Perspectives, 118 (3).

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Abstract

Introduction: Products using the antimicrobial properties of silver nanoparticles (Ag-nps) may be found in health and consumer products that routinely contact skin. Objectives: This study was designed to assess the potential cytotoxicity of Ag-nps in human epidermal keratinocytes (HEKs) and their inflammatory and penetrating potential into porcine skin in vivo. Materials and Methods: We used eight different Ag-nps in this study [unwashed/uncoated (20, 50, and 80 nm particle diameter), washed/uncoated (20, 50, and 80 nm), and carbon-coated (25 and 35 nm)]. Skin was dosed topically for 14 consecutive days. HEK viability was assessed by MTT, 
alamarBlue (aB), and CellTiter 96 AQueous One (96AQ). Release of the proinflammatory mediators interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) were measured. Results: The effect of the unwashed Ag-nps on HEK viability after a 24-hr exposure indicated a significant dose-dependent decrease (p < 0.05) at 0.34 µg/mL with aB and 96AQ and at 1.7 µg/mL 
with MTT. However, both the washed Ag-nps and carbon-coated Ag-nps showed no significant decrease in viability at any concentration assessed by any of the three assays. For each of the unwashed Ag-nps, we noted a significant increase (p < 0.05) in IL-1β, IL-6, IL-8, and TNF-α concentrations. We observed localization of all Ag-nps in cytoplasmic vacuoles of HEKs. Macroscopic observations showed no gross irritation in porcine skin, whereas microscopic and ultrastructural observations showed areas of focal inflammation and localization of Ag-nps on the surface and in the upper stratum corneum layers of the skin. Conclusion: This study provides a better understanding Ag-nps safety in vitro as well as in vivo and a basis for occupational and risk assessment. Ag-nps are nontoxic when dosed in washed Ag-nps solutions or carbon coated.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Risk > Environment, health and safety aspects of nanotechnology
ID Code:10659
Deposited By:M T V
Deposited On:15 Mar 2011 11:02
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