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Adv Sci (Weinh). 2019 Jul 19;6(17):1900599. doi: 10.1002/advs.201900599. eCollection 2019 Sep 4.

Highly Effective and Noninvasive Near-Infrared Eradication of a Staphylococcus aureus Biofilm on Implants by a Photoresponsive Coating within 20 Min.

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Ministry-of-Education Key Laboratory for the Green Preparation and Application of Functional Materials Hubei Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials School of Materials Science & Engineering Hubei University Wuhan 430062 China.
School of Materials Science & Engineering the Key Laboratory of Advanced Ceramics and Machining Technology by the Ministry of Education of China Tianjin University Tianjin 300072 China.
Department of Orthopaedics Union Hospital Tongji Medical College Huazhong University of Science and Technology Wuhan 430022 China.
Department of Orthopaedics & Traumatology Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine The University of Hong Kong Pokfulam Hong Kong 999077 China.
State Key Laboratory for Turbulence and Complex System and Department of Materials Science and Engineering College of Engineering Peking University Beijing 100871 China.


Biofilms have been related to the persistence of infections on medical implants, and these cannot be eradicated because of the resistance of biofilm structures. Therefore, a biocompatible phototherapeutic system is developed composed of MoS2, IR780 photosensitizer, and arginine-glycine-aspartic acid-cysteine (RGDC) to safely eradicate biofilms on titanium implants within 20 min. The magnetron-sputtered MoS2 film possesses excellent photothermal properties, and IR780 can produce reactive oxygen species (ROS) with the irradiation of near-infrared (NIR, λ = 700-1100 nm) light. Consequently, the combination of photothermal therapy (PTT) and photodynamic therapy (PDT), assisted by glutathione oxidation accelerated by NIR light, can provide synergistic and rapid killing of bacteria, i.e., 98.99 ± 0.42% eradication ratio against a Staphylococcus aureus biofilm in vivo within 20 min, which is much greater than that of PTT or PDT alone. With the assistance of ROS, the permeability of damaged bacterial membranes increases, and the damaged bacterial membranes become more sensitive to heat, thus accelerating the leakage of proteins from the bacteria. In addition, RGDC can provide excellent biosafety and osteoconductivity, which is confirmed by in vivo animal experiments.


IR780; MoS2; antibacterial; biofilms; phototherapy

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The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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