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PeerJ. 2018 Dec 17;6:e6086. doi: 10.7717/peerj.6086. eCollection 2018.

Synthesis, characterization and antibacterial activity of silver nanoparticles using Rhazya stricta.

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Department of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, National University of Science and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan.
College of Clinical Pharmacy, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
Department of Biology, College of Sciences, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
Institute for Research and Medical Consultations, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
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Green synthesis of metallic nanoparticles has gained significant attention in the field of nanomedicine as an environment-friendly and cost-effective alternative in comparison with other physical and chemical methods. Several metals such as silver, gold, iron, titanium, zinc, magnesium and copper have been subjected to nanoformulation for a wide range of useful applications. Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are playing a major role in the field of nanomedicine and nanotechnology. They are widely used in diagnostics, therapeutic and pharmaceutical industries. Studies have shown potential inhibitory antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antiangiogenesis activities of AgNPs.


AgNPs have been synthesized using silver nitrate and methanolic root extract of Rhazya stricta that belongs to the Apocynaceae family. Stability and dispersion of nanoparticles were improved by adding xylitol. Synthesized nanoparticles were characterized by UV-Vis spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray diffractometer and Fourier transforms infrared spectroscopy. Furthermore, the antibacterial effect of the plant extract and the nanoparticles were evaluated against gram-positive (Bacillus subtilis) and gram-negative (Escherichia coli) bacteria.


The average size of AgNPs synthesized, was 20 nm with the spherical shape. Rhazya stricta based nanoparticles exhibited improved antibacterial activity against both gram-positive and negative strains.


Antibacterial activity; Dispersion; Rhazyastricta; Silver nanoparticles; Xylitol

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The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

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