Physiochemical characterization and toxicity assessment of colloidal mercuric formulation–‘Sivanar amirtham’

Kannan, N and Sundar, Shanmuga S and Balaji, S and Kumar, Anil N V and Balasubramanian, Nagaraj (2021) Physiochemical characterization and toxicity assessment of colloidal mercuric formulation–‘Sivanar amirtham’. Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 200. ISSN 0927-7765

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The study aims to characterize and understand the toxicological effects of colloidal mercuric formulation. The physiochemical characterization was carried out using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis system (EDS), Inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Zeta potential, Brunauer-EmmettTeller (BET) and electron microscopy. Based on the physiochemical characterizations, the pairwise relationship between the parameters such as size, surface area, surface charge, reactivity and band gap energy were described. The biological effects of the sample were studied by both in vitro and in vivo assays. The in vitro cytotoxicity assay confirmed that the colloidal mercuric formulation was effective against cancer cells (MCF-7) and less toxic to normal cells (Hek 293). The formulation was effective against MCF-7 with more than 85% of apoptotic and necrotic cells, positive for PI staining when treated with 100 μg/mL. The inflammatory response on the macrophage cell lines was studied. The colloidal mercuric formulation upregulated the expression of TGF-β, IL-6 and TNF-α, due to the presence of arsenic and other organic compounds such as piperine. The in vivo developmental toxicity was observed in Zebrafish hampered growth and survival in a dose and time dependent manner. The formulation was safe at lower concentration and exhibit a dose and time dependent toxicity. Based on the results obtained, it is confirmed that the selective toxicity towards MCF-7 cells is promising to develop an effective formulation for the treatment of cancer, provided more such proofs obtained from in vivo experiments.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Characterization Mercury Zebrafish Inflammatory Toxicity
Subjects: Engineering > MIT Manipal > Biotechnology
Engineering > MIT Manipal > Chemistry
Depositing User: MIT Library
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2021 08:55
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2021 08:55

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