Molecular Biology Reports

, Volume 45, Issue 6, pp 1621–1626 | Cite as

Biological studies of synthesized silver nanoparticles using Prosopis farcta

  • Abdolhossien Miri
  • Mina SaraniEmail author
Original Article


The evaluation of cytotoxic and apoptotic activities of silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) synthesized by aqueous extract of Prosopis farcta was investigated against lung (A549) and colon (HT-29) cell lines. The cytotoxic activity of nanoparticles was performed using MTT assay, while their apoptotic activity was tested using TUNEL method. The obtained results of MTT showed that the cell viability of A549 was dependent on the nanoparticles concentration and incubation time. Therefore, although the cytotoxic effect increased as the Ag-NPs concentration and incubation time heightened, yet the viability of HT-29 cells seems to be dependent only on the incubation time. The apoptotic results of the nanoparticles showed more than 50% of apoptosis on A549 and HT-29 cell lines, which in this case, HT-29 demonstrated 100% apoptosis at concentrations of more than 400 µg/ml. It seems that Ag-NPs synthesized using P. farcta extract can serve as anti-cancer agent in the treatment many cancers through creating or discovering new drug forms.


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This work was supported by Zabol University of Medical Sciences.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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The research was performed on cytotoxic and apoptotic activities of silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) against lung (A549) and colon (HT-29) cell lines. The cytotoxic activity of nanoparticles was performed using MTT assay, while their apoptotic activity was tested using TUNEL method. The lung (A549) and colon (HT-29) cell lines were prepared from Pasteur Institute of Iran. Therefore, this research does not require the approval of Animal Experimentation Committee.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of PharmacyZabol University of Medical SciencesZabolIran
  2. 2.Zabol Medicinal Plants Research CenterZabol University of Medical SciencesZabolIran

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