Anticancer, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and catalytic activities of green-synthesized silver and gold nanoparticles using Bauhinia purpurea leaf extract


The synthesis of metal nanoparticles by green methods attained enormous attention in recent years due to its easiness, non-toxicity, and eco-friendly nature. In the present study, noble metal nanoparticles such as silver and gold were prepared using an aqueous leaf extract of a medicinal plant, Bauhinia purpurea. The leaf extract performed as both reducing and stabilizing agents for the development of nanoparticles. The formations of silver and gold nanoparticles were confirmed by observing the surface plasmon resonance peaks at 430 nm and 560 nm, respectively, in UV–Vis absorption spectrum. Various properties of nanoparticles were demonstrated using the characterization techniques such as FTIR, XRD, TEM, and EDX. The synthesized silver and gold nanoparticles had a momentous anticancer effect against lung carcinoma cell line A549 in a dose-dependent manner with IC50 values of 27.97 µg/mL and 36.39 µg/mL, respectively. The antimicrobial studies of synthesized nanoparticles were carried out by agar well diffusion method against six microbial strains. Silver and gold nanoparticles were also showed high antioxidant potentials with IC50 values of 42.37 µg/mL and 27.21 µg/mL, respectively; it was measured using DPPH assay. Additionally, the nanoparticles were observed to be good catalysts for the reduction of organic dyes.

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Vijayan, R., Joseph, S. & Mathew, B. Anticancer, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and catalytic activities of green-synthesized silver and gold nanoparticles using Bauhinia purpurea leaf extract. Bioprocess Biosyst Eng 42, 305–319 (2019).

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  • Metal nanoparticles
  • Green synthesis
  • Bauhinia purpurea
  • Anticancer
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antioxidant
  • Catalysis