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ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2013 Nov 13;5(21):10874-81. doi: 10.1021/am403940d. Epub 2013 Oct 30.

Vancomycin-modified mesoporous silica nanoparticles for selective recognition and killing of pathogenic gram-positive bacteria over macrophage-like cells.

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Key Laboratory for Green Chemical Process of Ministry of Education, School of Chemical Engineering and Pharmacy, Wuhan Institute of Technology , No. 693 Xiongchu Avenue, Hongshan, wuhan 430073, China.


Rapid, reliable recognition and detection of bacteria from an authentic specimen have been gained increasing interests in the past decades. Various materials have been designed and prepared for implementation of bacterial recognition and treatment in the artificial systems. However, in the complicated physiological condition, the macrophages always compromise the outcomes of bacterial detection and/or treatment. In this work, we demonstrated the vancomycin-modified mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs is a subset of Van) for efficiently targeting and killing gram-positive bacteria over macrophage-like cells. Owing to the specific hydrogen bonding interactions of vancomycin toward the terminal d-alanyl-d-alanine moieties of gram-positive bacteria, the MSNs is a subset of Van exhibited enhanced recognition for gram-positive bacteria due to the multivalent hydrogen binding effect. Furthermore, the fluorescent molecules (FITC) were covalently decorated inside of mesopores of MSNs for tracking and visualizing the MSNs is a subset of Van during the detection/treatment processes. Upon incubation of FITC decorated MSNs with bacteria (i.e., S. aureus and E. coli as gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, respectively) or macrophage-like cells (Raw 264.7), the fluorescence signals in S. aureus were 2-4 times higher than that in E. coli and no detectable fluorescence signals were observed in Raw 264.7 cells under the same condition. Finally, the MSNs is a subset of Van showed unambiguous antibacterial efficacy without decrease in cell viability of macrophage-like cells. This new strategy opens a new door for specific detection and treatment of pathogenic bacteria with minimized side effects.

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