Biocompatibility of Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles.
ABSTRACT In this review, recent reports on the biocompatibility of mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) are reviewed, with special emphasis being paid to the correlations between MSNs' structural and compositional features and their biological effects on various cells and tissues. First, the different synthetic routes used to produce the most common types of MSNs and the various methods employed to functionalize their surfaces are discussed. This is, however, done only briefly because of the focus of the review being the biocompatibility of the materials. Similarly, the biological applications of MSNs in areas such as drug and gene delivery, biocatalysis, bioimaging, and biosensing are briefly introduced. Many examples have also been mentioned about the biological applications of MSNs while discussing the materials' biocompatibility. The cytotoxicity of different types of MSNs and the effects of their various structural characteristics on their biological activities, which are the focus of this review, are then described in detail. In addition, synthetic strategies developed to reduce or eliminate any possible negative biological effects associated with MSNs or to improve their biocompatibility, as necessary, are illustrated. At the same time, recent reports on the interactions between MSNs and various in vivo or in vitro biological systems, plus our opinions and remarks on what the future may hold for this field, are included.
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ABSTRACT: Mesostructured silica is frequently used in biomedical applications, being considered nontoxic and biocompatible material, suitable for the development of drug delivery systems (DDS). Four functionalized MCM-41 silica materials with hydrophobic (methyl and vinyl) and hydrophilic (3-aminopropyl and 3-mercaptopropyl) groups were obtained by post-synthesis functionalization and characterized by small-angle X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, thermal analysis and nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms. The main structural and textural parameters of the obtained silica were determined. The effect of the functionalized silica on fibroblast (NIH3T3) and melanocyte cells (B16F10) was studied with respect to the proliferation rate and the levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS). It was found that the textural properties of all samples influenced the levels of intracellular ROS and consequently, the proliferation rate. Both, healthy and malignant cells exhibited linear dependence of ROS levels with the specific surface area values, but with different response. The contribution of the methyl functionalized silica to the ROS level is apart to the general trend.Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A 02/2014; · 2.83 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) are used in drug delivery and cell tracking applications. As Mn(2+) is already implemented as a "positive" cell contrast agent in preclinical imaging procedures (in the form of MnCl2 for neurological studies), the introduction of Mn in the porous network of MSNs would allow labelling cells and tracking them using MRI. These particles are in general internalized in endosomes, an acidic environment with high saline concentration. In addition, the available MSN porosity could also serve as a carrier to deliver medical/therapeutic substances through the labelled cells. In the present study, manganese oxide was introduced in the porous network of MCM-48 silica nanoparticles (Mn-M48SNs). The particles exhibit a narrow size distribution (∼140 nm diam.) and high porosity (∼60% vol.), which was validated after insertion of Mn. The resulting Mn-M48SNs were characterized by TEM, N2 physisorption, and XRD. Evidence was found with H2-TPR, and XPS characterization, that Mn(ii) is the main oxidation state of the paramagnetic species after suspension in water, most probably in the form of Mn-OOH. The colloidal stability as a function of time was confirmed by DLS in water, acetate buffer and cell culture medium. In NMR data, no significant evidence of Mn(2+) leaching was found in Mn-M48SNs in acidic water (pH 6), up to 96 hours after suspension. High longitudinal relaxivity values of r1 = 8.4 mM(-1) s(-1) were measured at 60 MHz and 37 °C, with the lowest relaxometric ratios (r2/r1 = 2) reported to date for a Mn-MSN system. Leukaemia cells (P388) were labelled with Mn-M48SNs and nanoparticle cell internalization was confirmed by TEM. Finally, MRI contrast enhancement provided by cell labelling with escalated incubation concentrations of Mn-M48SNs was quantified at 1 T. This study confirmed the possibility of efficiently confining Mn into M48SNs using incipient wetness, while maintaining an open porosity and relatively high pore volume. Because these Mn-labelled M48SNs express strong "positive" contrast media properties at low concentrations, they are potentially applicable for cell tracking and drug delivery methodologies.Nanoscale 10/2013; · 6.73 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSN) are functionalized in the walls with an original fluorophore with a high two-photon absorption cross-section. The pores of the MSN filled with anticancer drug are blocked with a pseudo-rotaxane constituted by an azobenzene stalk and a β-cyclodextrin moiety. After incubation of the nanosystem with MCF-7 breast cancer cells, two-photon irradiation at low power is used to image the cells. At high power, cancer cell killing is observed due to the two-photon-triggered opening of the pores through FRET and the release of the anticancer drug from the MSN.Small 02/2014; · 7.82 Impact Factor