Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) received special attention from researchers (Firdhouse and Lalitha, 2015; Yasir et al., 2017) as they have applications in various fields. The widespread application of AgNPs has also led to increased environmental and biological safety in their production, especially in the medical field. The general methods of AgNP synthesis are a chemical and physical approach that is expensive and potentially harmful to the environment (Makarov et al., 2014; Yusuf, 2020). A greener method through biosynthesis was an alternative method to minimize their disadvantages.
Biosynthesis approaches for AgNP synthesis have been reported using fungi (Azmath et al., 2016; Kanaujiya et al., 2019; Shahzad et al., 2019), bacteria (Hamouda et al., 2019), and plants (Krithiga et al., 2015; Masum et al., 2019; Tripathy et al., 2019). Plant extracts are considered as a better approach because they are free from toxic chemicals as byproducts (Krithiga et al., 2015), can act as a metal ion bio-reductor, and provide natural capping agents due to the presence of functional groups such as phenols, terpenoids, carboxylic acids, aldehydes, enzymes, amides, and flavones (Masum et al., 2019). In addition, the use of plant extracts can be more beneficial than using microorganisms because it is free from the threat of microorganism contamination and can reduce the cost of isolating microorganisms and culture media (Krithiga et al., 2015; Masum et al., 2019). Recent studies reported that extract of Citrus sinensis (Dutta et al., 2020), hawthorn berries (D?ugosz et al., 2020), Tridax procumbens (Rani et al., 2019), Lysiloma acapulcensis (Garibo et al., 2020), and Sida retusa (Sooraj et al., 2020) have successfully used as natural reagents in AgNP synthesis. The synthesized nanoparticles using these plant extracts showed different shapes and sizes depending on the species of plants.
In this study, we used Piper retrofractum Vahl fruit extract as a natural reagent for the biosynthesis of AgNPs. Piper retrofractum Vahl, known as cabe jawa or cabe jamu in Indonesia, was a member of the family Piperaceae generally used as traditional medicine (Panphut et al., 2020; Tang et al., 2019). Our previous study has reported the use of P. retrofractum Vahl fruit extract as a natural reagent in the synthesis of copper nanoparticles (Amaliyah et al., 2020). However, the use of this fruit extract for the biosynthesis of AgNPs has not been reported elsewhere. Piper retrofractum Vahl contains some compounds such as flavonoids, tannins, alkaloids, and steroids/terpenoids (Mansoi et al., 2016), which can act as reducing as well as stabilizing agents in the formation of AgNPs. These compounds are expected to produce a controlled morphology and size of AgNPs.
The main challenges faced in the synthesis of nanoparticles are controlling the size and shape of the nanosized particles and achieving monodispersity (Chatterjee et al., 2020). So, in this study, some factors that affect the production of AgNPs, such as extract concentration, reaction time, temperature, pH (Shah et al., 2015), and reaction process by stirring and ultrasonication (Sumitomo et al., 2018), were investigated. Generally, the smaller sizes of nanoparticles were obtained in higher extract concentration (Khalil et al., 2014), higher temperatures (Jain and Mehata, 2017), and higher pH (Anigol et al., 2017). Increasing reaction time enhances the conversion of silver ions to nanoparticles, leading to smaller particle size (Pandey et al., 2012). Ultrasonication and stirring process affect the dispersion of resulting nanoparticles. It was reported that ultrasonic irradiation dispersion was more efficient than stirring (Sumitomo et al., 2018) so that it may produce more uniform nanoparticles. The objective of this investigation was to obtain the proper methods in controlled-size nanoparticle formation. Furthermore, the characteristics of synthesized AgNPs were analyzed using Ultraviolet-Visible Spectrophotometry (UV-Vis), Fourier Transform Infra-Red (FTIR), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy-Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (FESEM-EDS), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). The agar well diffusion method was applied to analyze the antimicrobial properties of synthesized AgNPs to Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
Materials and instrumentation
Piper retrofractum Vahl fruits were obtained from Sumenep District, Madura Island, East Java, Indonesia. Silver nitrate used as a silver ion precursor was purchased from Sigma Aldrich, Singapore. Escherichia coli (Gram-negative bacteria) and S. aureus (Gram-positive bacteria) were used as exposed bacteria in antimicrobial activity tests. UV-Vis (Shimadzu UV-Vis 1601 series), FTIR (Shimadzu 8400s), FESEM-EDS (FEI-Quanta FEG 650), XRD (PANalytical Japan), and TEM (TEM HT7700) were used for the characterization of AgNPs. The synthesis of AgNPs was processed in a hotplate stirrer (CORNING PC-620D) and ultrasonicator bath (DELTA Ultrasonic Cleaner DC150H).
Aqueous extraction of P. retrofractum Vahl fruits
Piper retrofractum Vahl fruits were washed thoroughly using tap water and dried at 50ºC for 5 days (Chansang et al., 2005). The extract was further prepared by modifying the previous method (Devasenan et al., 2016). One hundred g of dried fruits was then coarsely ground, mixed with 500 ml of water, and then heated with stirring at 60ºC for 30 minutes. The mixtures were then filtered using filter paper and centrifuged. The filtrates (P. retrofractum Vahl fruit extract) were separated and collected to be utilized as a natural reagent for the biosynthesis of AgNPs.
Biosynthesis of AgNPs
The biosynthesis procedure of AgNPs modified the previous methods (Ibrahim, 2015; Krithiga et al., 2015). The reaction process was conducted in two techniques by stirring process using a hotplate stirrer and the ultrasonication process using the ultrasonicator bath. The reaction mixture was prepared by mixing 0.1 M silver nitrate (AgNO3) aqueous solution with P. retrofractum fruit extract with a volume ratio of 1:2. This composition was used in all of the reaction processes. The reaction mixtures were incubated using a dark bottle to avoid photoactivation of AgNO3. The effect of extract concentration was investigated by varying P. retrofractum Vahl extract concentrations (20%, 40%, 60%, 80%, and 100%), and the reaction was carried out at 60ºC for 60 minutes. An extract concentration of 100% was used for further experiments. The effect of reaction time was evaluated by incubating the reaction mixture at 60ºC for 15, 30, 45, and 60 minutes. The temperature effect on AgNP biosynthesis was studied by incubating the reaction mixture at 25ºC, 35ºC, 60ºC, and 80ºC for 60 minutes. The pH effect was studied by adjusting the pH of the reaction mixture to pH 4, 6, 8, and 10 by the addition of NaOH/HCl 0.1 M. The reaction mixture was also incubated at 60ºC for 60 minutes. Then, all synthesized AgNPs were separated by centrifugation at 2,500 rpm for 15 minutes and washed using distilled water and ethanol.
Characterization of the biosynthesized AgNPs
The biosynthesized AgNPs characterization was performed using UV-Vis, FTIR, XRD, FESEM-EDS, and TEM (Amaliyah et al., 2020). The UV-Vis (Shimadzu UV-Vis 1601 series) was used to monitor the formation. AgNPs suspension was dispersed in solvents, and the spectra were recorded as a function of wavelength from 200 to 800 nm. The role of extract in the biosynthesis of AgNPs was analyzed by FTIR. The dried AgNPs were ground with KBr pellets and analyzed by FTIR spectrophotometer (Shimadzu 8400s). The spectrum was recorded at 4,000–400 cm−1. The size and morphology of AgNPs were assessed by FESEM-EDS and TEM. For FESEM-EDS analysis, AgNPs were sprinkled on top of the stub with double-sided carbon tape without sputter coating. FESEM (FEI-Quanta FEG 650) was operated at 15 kV with a high vacuum mode. For TEM, a drop of AgNPs sample dispersed in ethanol was loaded on a carbon-coated copper grid, and it was allowed to dry at room temperature. TEM (TEM HT7700) was operated at 100 kV. The micrograph and selected area (electron) diffraction were recorded. XR-diffractogram was obtained using XRD (PANalytical Japan) with Cu K-Alpha1.54 Å and generator settings 30 mA, 40 kV.
Antimicrobial assay of synthesized AgNPs
An antimicrobial assay of the resulting AgNPs was conducted using the agar well diffusion method (Rajeshkumar and Malarkodi, 2014) against Gram-positive (S. aureus) and Gram-negative bacteria (E. coli). Each bacterium was inoculated into a nutrient broth medium for 18 hours. Agar wells were prepared by perforating the nutrient agar medium using a sterile cork borer. The wells were filled with 20 µl samples then incubated at 37ºC for 24 hours. Chloramphenicol and water were used as a positive and negative control, respectively. The inhibition zone was determined by measuring the diameter of the clear area around the wells. The experiments were carried out in three replicates.
RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
Biosynthesis of AgNPs
Biosynthesis of AgNPs using plant extracts has been widely reported (Benakashani et al., 2016; Hemlata et al., 2020; Krithiga et al., 2015; Masum et al., 2019; Pirtarighat et al., 2019). However, finding nanoparticles with precise physical, chemical, and biological characteristics remains a challenge in nanoscience researches (Masum et al., 2019). This study used P. retrofractum Vahl fruit extract to synthesize AgNPs. The phytochemical test showed the presence of the phenolic compound in this fruit extract (Amaliyah et al., 2020). This plant was also reported that contain amides (Muharini et al., 2015), phenylpropanoids (Luyen et al., 2014), and piperidine alkaloids (Kim et al., 2011). Although the exact mechanism of AgNP formation by plant extract was unclear, these compounds were expected to play a pivotal role in the AgNPs formation process. The interaction between the compounds in plant extracts with silver ions (Ag+) caused bioreduction of silver nitrate and the formation of AgNPs (Ag0). The hydroxyl groups and negatively charged groups such as carboxylate have a high propensity to attaching the Ag+ surface. These compounds can act as bioreducing and capping/stabilizing agents in forming AgNPs (Pirtarighat et al., 2019). The mechanism of AgNP formation is illustrated in Figure 1.
The preliminary evidence of AgNP formation was the color change of the reaction mixture in the reaction process. This proof can be seen from the color change of the starting material (AgNO3 solution) from colorless to blackish brown after reacting with P. retrofractum fruit extract, indicating the reduction of Ag+ to Ag0 in AgNO3 solution. The formation of AgNPs was also confirmed by analysis using a UV-Vis spectrophotometer. The spectrum of UV-Vis of AgNPs was different from the P. retrofractum Vahl fruit extract (Fig. 2). It showed that the absorption maxima at 476 nm showed the surface plasmon resonance characteristic of AgNPs. This result was in line with previous reports. The surface plasmon resonance characteristic of AgNPs was found at 400–500 nm (Alsamhary, 2020; Ashraf et al., 2016).
Effect of extract concentration, reaction time, temperature, and pH in ultrasonication and stirring process of AgNP biosynthesis
Effect of extract concentration during the formation of AgNPs was observed by mixing P. retrofractum Vahl fruit extract (20%, 40%, 60%, 80%, and 100%) with a constant concentration of silver nitrate (0.1 M). The darker blackish brown was formed with increasing the extract concentration indicating the more synthesized AgNPs. A darker blackish brown was also observed in the ultrasonication process compared to the stirring process. The surface plasmon resonance, both stirring and ultrasonication procedure of synthesized AgNPs, was observed in all extract concentration variations, except concentration 20% in ultrasonication process (Fig. 2a and b and Table 1). The surface plasmon resonance of AgNPs showed the maximum peak intensity in extract concentration 100% with a shorter wavelength. It indicated that extract concentration 100% resulted in more synthesized AgNPs and smaller AgNP size than other concentrations. A previous study reported that the surface plasmon resonance peak shifted to a lower wavelength when the particle size became smaller (Ider et al., 2017). At higher concentrations, the extract contains compounds or reducing agents and molecular stabilizing agents in larger quantities. As a result, the reaction rate will be higher, and the size of nanoparticles will be smaller (Bezares et al., 2018; Khalil et al., 2014).
|Figure 1. Mechanism of AgNPs formation by P. retrofractum Vahl extract.|
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|Figure 2. UV-visible spectrum of P. retrofractum extract (a) and biosynthesized AgNPs (b).|
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|Table 1. The wavelength (nm) of the surface plasmon resonance of AgNPs synthesized by ultrasonication and stirring procedures.|
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Reaction time has also affected the formation of AgNPs. The darker blackish brown was formed with a longer reaction time. Figure 3B–F shows the UV-visible spectrum of AgNPs synthesized by ultrasonication and stirring procedure with the variation reaction time. The intensity of absorbance increased along with increasing the reaction time, indicating the enhancement of the silver ions reduction to silver atoms. Surface plasmon resonance of AgNPs shifted to a lower wavelength with a longer reaction time, indicating the smaller particle size (Table 1). This result was similar to the previous report. The early stage of reaction time shows a low conversion of silver ions to metallic AgNPs. Prolonging the reaction time up to certain minutes leads to the large conversion of silver ions to AgNPs and cluster formation. However, further increase in the reaction time probably cause some aggregation of AgNPs that may cause the increase of nanoparticles size (Pandey et al., 2012).
Effect of temperature in AgNPs formation was observed after 60 minutes reaction time. A previous study reported that smaller particle size was produced at higher temperature (Jain and Mehata, 2017). Figure 3C–G show the UV-Vis spectrum of AgNPs at different temperatures through ultrasonication and stirring. In the stirring procedure, surface plasmon resonance of AgNPs synthesized at 25ºC and 45ºC showed the wavelength at 329 and 330 nm, respectively. These results were different from other surface plasmon resonances. Nevertheless, Balavandy et al. (2014) reported that the surface plasmon resonance of AgNPs was around 300 nm. In contrast to the previous report (Jain and Mehata, 2017), surface plasmon resonance in this study shifted to a longer wavelength at a higher temperature (80ºC). It indicates the larger particle size of AgNPs, probably due to the agglomeration of AgNPs. Moreover, high temperatures can denature extract compounds, lead to lesser availability of compounds in the system, and slow the reaction rate, leading to larger nanoparticles formation.
Figure 3D–H shows the effect of pH on the formation of AgNPs. The acidity was an essential parameter in the formation of AgNPs. It affects the extract involved in the formation of AgNPs. pH changes the electrostatic states of substances or biomolecules in plant extract, which is involved in reducing and stabilizing AgNPs, affecting the shape and size of the AgNPs (Khalil et al., 2014). In this study, the lower surface plasmon resonance wavelength was obtained at pH 4 and 10 compared to pH 6 and 8 conditions. This result suggests that the smaller particle size of AgNPs was formed at extreme acid and base conditions. Surface plasmon resonance (Table 1) showed that pH 10 had the lowest surface plasmon resonance, exhibiting the optimum pH condition of AgNP formation. This result was in good agreement with the previous report (Balavandy et al., 2014). At the base condition, more functional groups available for silver binding facilitated a higher number of AgNPs to bind and subsequently form a large number of nanoparticles with smaller diameters (Veerasamy et al., 2011).
Most of the surface plasmon resonance of AgNPs synthesized using stirring procedure was shorter than ultrasonication procedure. It indicates that the stirring technique produced a smaller size of AgNPs compared to the ultrasonication procedure. This result was in contrast with a previous study that uses Fenugreek seed extract to synthesize AgNPs. The previous research reported that AgNPs synthesized using ultrasonication were more uniform and smaller in size than the stirring procedure (Deshmukh et al., 2019). The difference between our results and the previous study may be due to the different compounds involved in the AgNP formation process. The compounds of P. retrofractum extract may be sensitive to ultrasound waves so that they can cause damage to the compounds. As we know, some organic compounds can be degraded by ultrasonic waves (Bremner et al., 2011).
|Figure 3. Comparison of UV-visible spectra of the synthesized AgNPs by ultrasonication (left) and stirring (right) procedures at various parameters: extract concentrations (A–E); reaction times (B–F); temperatures (C–G); and pHs (D–H).|
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Characterization of AgNPs
The shape, size, and morphology of AgNPs were characterized by FESEM and TEM analysis. FESEM photograph showed that the AgNPs were spherical and aggregated (Fig. 4). EDS analysis showed the elemental composition of synthesized AgNPs both quantitatively and qualitatively. The EDS spectrum (Fig. 5) of synthesized AgNPs showed the presence of silver (Ag), carbon (C), oxygen (O), chlorine (Cl), aluminum (Al), sulfur (S), and phosphorus (P). The strong signal of Ag showed the highest percentage of silver, indicating the purity of AgNPs. Other elements may be derived from P. retrofractum Vahl extract as starting material involved in stabilizing AgNPs.
Reaction conditions: temperature, 60ºC; extract concentration, 100%; reaction time, 60 minutes; by ultrasonication process. Magnification: 50,000×.
Figure 6 shows the TEM photograph of AgNPs synthesized using P. retrofractum Vahl extract by ultrasonication and stirring procedure. The shape of AgNPs synthesized by ultrasonication and stirring procedure predominates with spherical morphology and ranges from 1 to 40 and 1 to 25 nm, respectively. The highest distribution of AgNPs sizes by ultrasonication ranges from 11 to 15 nm, while the stirring process ranges from 1 to 5 nm. Both of AgNPs synthesized by ultrasonication and stirring process are in aggregated form. AgNPs synthesized using a stirring procedure were more aggregated, smaller, and uniform in size distribution than the ultrasonication procedure. This result is likely due to the high-frequency oscillations of ultrasonic waves that can break agglomerated nanoparticles into separate particles (Li et al., 2012) so that their size distribution is within a wide range.
|Figure 4. FESEM photograph of AgNPs synthesized using P. retrofractum Vahl extract at an acceleration voltage of 10 kV (left) and 5 kV (right).|
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Most of the AgNPs synthesized using plant extract were spherical. The morphology of AgNPs in this study was similar to AgNPs synthesized using Andean blackberry (Kumar et al., 2017) and Tectona grandis (Rautela et al., 2019). It was likely due to the functional groups of phytochemical compounds present in P. retrofractum fruit extract similar to both plants (Kumar et al., 2017; Rautela et al., 2019).
The role of the extract active compounds in the formation and stabilization of AgNPs was evaluated by FT-IR analysis before and after the reaction with silver ions. The spectra were recorded in the region 400–4,000 cm−1 to determine the specific absorption of AgNPs and the functional groups of extract compounds involved in forming AgNPs. The spectra of AgNPs (Fig. 7) showed the new absorption band in the fingerprint area at around 535 and 702 cm−1, which was expected as the characteristic bands of Ag-O-H (Wang and Andrews, 2005). Some absorption bands of AgNPs did not have significant differences compared to the extract, showing functional groups of active compounds. The band around 3,425 cm−1 was assigned to O-H and N-H groups absorptions. The absorption band at 2,924 cm−1 is related to the –C–H group. Vibration band at 1,603 and 1,376 cm−1 was relevant to C = C and C-N-like amine or C-O-like phenol groups, respectively. The absorption band at 1,068 cm−1 indicated the vibration band of C–O (Balashanmugam and Kalaichelvan, 2015; Duman et al., 2016). It indicated that the active compounds of the extract were involved in the formation and stabilization of AgNPs. This finding was in good agreement with the result reported so far (Khan et al., 2016), which showed that the spectrum of AgNPs synthesized using extracts has two absorption areas: the functional group area for absorption of extract compounds and fingerprint area for metal absorption.
|Figure 5. EDS profile of AgNPs synthesized using P. retrofractum Vahl fruit extract (conditions were similar as in Fig. 4).|
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|Figure 6. TEM photograph, selected area diffraction (SAED) pattern (inset), and size distribution of AgNPs synthesized by ultrasonication (A) and stirring process (B) (reaction condition: temperature, 60ºC; extract concentration, 100%; reaction time, 60 minutes).|
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|Figure 7. FTIR spectra of AgNPs and P. retrofractum Vahl extract.|
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|Figure 8. XR-diffractogram of AgNPs synthesized by stirring and ultrasonication procedures (reaction condition: temperature, 60ºC; extract concentration, 100%; reaction time, 60 minutes).|
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XRD analysis was used to confirm the formation and structure of AgNPs. Figure 8 shows the XR-diffractogram of biosynthesized AgNPs by stirring and ultrasonication. The pattern of both stirring and ultrasonication showed 11 peaks. The peaks at 2θ = 38.16º, 46.19º, 64.47º, and 76.73º correspond to the 111, 200, 220, and 311 fcc lattice planes, respectively, confirming the existence of AgNPs. Our findings were in line with previous studies (Anandalakshmi et al., 2016; Kumar et al., 2017; Srirangam and Rao, 2017). The extra peaks at 2θ = 27.79º, 32.26º, 54.77º, 57.41º, 67.51º, 74.51º, and 85.59º probably were caused by the organic phase as capping/stabilizing agent on the surface of AgNPs. The crystalline nature of biosynthesized AgNPs was determined by calculating the crystallinity index from the XRD spectrum. The crystallinity index of biosynthesized AgNPs by ultrasonication and stirring process was 65.7% and 61.25%, respectively. Both indicated that the biosynthesized AgNPs were crystalline. AgNPs synthesized by ultrasonication were more crystalline than the stirring process.
In this study, the crystalline nature of AgNPs was in contrast with the SAED pattern. The SAED pattern showed the diffuse rings indicating the amorph phase of AgNPs. The difference between XRD and SAED results was probably because the material also contains amorphic organic material.
Antibacterial Activity of AgNPs
In this study, the antibacterial effects of biosynthesized AgNPs by ultrasonication and stirring procedures were studied against E. coli and S. aureus. The inhibition zones of this investigation are shown in Figure 9 and Table 2.
The biosynthesized AgNPs in this study showed a lower antibacterial effect than the antibiotic (chloramphenicol). The antibacterial properties of AgNPs synthesized by ultrasonication showed a better result against S. aureus bacteria. This result was in good agreement with the previous reports (Alavi et al., 2019; Hasanzadeh et al., 2021). Meanwhile, AgNPs synthesized by the stirring procedure showed a better effect on E. coli bacteria, as also shown by another report (Alavi and Karimi, 2020). The different effect of AgNPs against Gram-positive and negative bacteria was probably due to the different characteristics of the membrane structure of Gram-positive and negative bacteria and the nature and size of the AgNPs. AgNPs synthesized by ultrasonication had a larger size with higher crystallinity (Fig. 6) than AgNPs synthesized by stirring procedure, exhibiting a lower antibacterial effect. The biological activities of nanoparticles were determined not only by their chemical form but also by their morphology. Smaller nanoparticle sizes demonstrate higher antibacterial activities than larger particles (Losasso et al., 2014; Qing et al., 2018). The type, size, shape of nanoparticles, green source, and bacterial species should be considered as the main factors influencing antibacterial activity (Alavi and Karimi, 2020). These factors may also affect the antibacterial mechanism of both bacteria, as shown in Figure 10.
Although the antibacterial properties of AgNPs in this study showed lower activity than the antibiotic (chloramphenicol), they showed better effect against S. aureus when combined with extract and antibiotic. It indicated that the combined effect was better than AgNPs, the extract, or the antibiotic alone. In the case of E. coli, the combination of AgNPs with extract and antibiotic exhibited an almost similar inhibition zone compared to the antibiotic itself. Hari et al. (2014) reported that the combination effect of AgNPs-chloramphenicol showed a better antibacterial effect against E. coli and S. aureus bacteria. This finding was probably due to the combination of AgNPs with antibiotics showing a synergistic effect that can increase the antibacterial activity. The synergistic effect in this study only occurred against S. aureus. It may indicate that the biosynthesized AgNPs in this study were selective against gram-positive bacteria.
|Figure 9. Inhibition zones of chloramphenicol (a); distilled water (b); Piper retrofractum fruit extract (c); AgNPs synthesized by ultrasonication (d); AgNPs synthesized by ultrasonication combined with extract and chloramphenicol (e); AgNPs synthesized by stirring (f); AgNPs synthesized by stirring combined with extract and chloramphenicol (g) against E. coli and S. aureus.|
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|Table 2. Inhibition zone of AgNPs against E. coli and S. aureus.|
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|Figure 10. FESEM photograph of bacterial cells of (A) untreated-E. coli, 6,000× magnification; (B) Escherichia coli treated with AgNPs, 6,000× magnification; (C) untreated S. aureus, 24,000× magnification; and (D) Staphylococcus aureus treated with AgNPs, 6,000× magnification.|
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The antibacterial properties of AgNPs were due to their capability to affect the bacterial cell. Their nanoscale size and large ratio of surface area to the volume were related to their efficacy. AgNPs can penetrate the bacterial cell walls, change the cell membrane structure, and trigger cell death (Yin et al., 2020). FESEM photographs showed that AgNPs could cause changes in bacterial cell morphology (Fig. 10). AgNPs may enter the bacterial cell membrane and make E. coli and S. aureus cells to become swell and shrink (Fig. 10B–D), causing bacterial cell death. This result was similar to another study on AgNPs antibacterial activity toward P. aeruginosa as gram-negative bacteria. This work stated that the shrinking cell wall proved the interaction of AgNPs with a part of the bacteria as the antibacterial mechanism of metal nanoparticles (Alavi et al., 2019).
AgNPs were biosynthesized using P. retrofractum fruit extract as the bioreductor and capping agents. The characterization using UV-Vis, FTIR, XRD, FESEM-EDS, and TEM analysis showed that the AgNPs were successfully formed. The smaller AgNPs were obtained at alkaline conditions using 100% extract concentration with a reaction temperature of 60ºC and a reaction time of 60 minutes. AgNPs synthesized by stirring procedure have more uniform size distribution, smaller particle size, and higher antibacterial effect than ultrasonication procedure. Biosynthesized AgNPs were spheric with the highest size distribution within 1–5 nm and showed antibacterial activity against E. coli and S. aureus.
The authors would like to thank the Ministry of Research and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia for partial support through Penelitian Dasar 2021 No: 108/SP2H/LT/DRPM/2021 for the funding in this work.
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