Environmental Science and Pollution Research

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Fungal-mediated synthesis of pharmaceutically active silver nanoparticles and anticancer property against A549 cells through apoptosis

  • Tahira Akther
  • Vabeiryureilai Mathipi
  • Nachimuthu Senthil Kumar
  • MubarakAli Davoodbasha
  • Hemalatha SrinivasanEmail author
Research Article


Generally, fungi have the ability to secrete large amounts of secondary metabolites which have the ability to reduce metal ions to metallic nanoparticles. In this report, silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were synthesized by using an endophytic fungus isolated from the medicinal plant, Catharanthus roseus (Linn.). The endophytic fungus was identified as Botryosphaeria rhodina based on the ITS sequencing. The synthesized AgNPs were characterized by adopting various high-throughput techniques, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) equipped with energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) and UV–Visible spectrophotometer. In vitro anticancer efficacy of AgNPs was tested on A-549 cells. The synthesized AgNPs were effective in scavenging free radicals and induced hallmarks of apoptosis including nuclear and DNA fragmentation in lung (A549) cancer cell lines under in vitro conditions. The results suggested that the natural biomolecules in the endophytic fungi incorporated into the nanoparticles could be responsible for the synergetic cytotoxic activity against cancer cells. The AgNPs were found to have cytotoxicity IC50 of 40 μg/mL against A549 cells. To the best our knowledge, this is the first report demonstrating that AgNPs from Botryosphaeria rhodina could be able to induce apoptosis in various types of cancer cells as a novel strategy for cancer treatment.


Botryosphaeria rhodina Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) FTIR SEM TEM Antioxidant activity Anticancer activity 


Funding information

This research was supported by a grant from the Advanced Level State Biotech Hub at Mizoram University sponsored by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tahira Akther
    • 1
  • Vabeiryureilai Mathipi
    • 2
  • Nachimuthu Senthil Kumar
    • 2
  • MubarakAli Davoodbasha
    • 1
  • Hemalatha Srinivasan
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.School of Life SciencesB.S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute of Science and TechnologyChennaiIndia
  2. 2.Department of BiotechnologyMizoram UniversityAizawlIndia

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