Determination of silver nanoparticle release from antibacterial fabrics into artificial sweat. Part Fibre Toxicol 7:8

National Nanotechnology Center, National Science and Technology Development Agency, 111 Thailand Science Park, Phahonyothin Road, Pathumthani, 12120, Thailand.
Particle and Fibre Toxicology (Impact Factor: 7.11). 04/2010; 7(1):8. DOI: 10.1186/1743-8977-7-8
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Silver nanoparticles have been used in numerous commercial products, including textiles, to prevent bacterial growth. Meanwhile, there is increasing concern that exposure to these nanoparticles may cause potential adverse effects on humans as well as the environment. This study determined the quantity of silver released from commercially claimed nanosilver and laboratory-prepared silver coated fabrics into various formulations of artificial sweat, each made according to AATCC, ISO and EN standards. For each fabric sample, the initial amount of silver and the antibacterial properties against the model Gram-positive (S. aureus) and Gram-negative (E. coli) bacteria on each fabric was investigated. The results showed that silver was not detected in some commercial fabrics. Furthermore, antibacterial properties of the fabrics varied, ranging from 0% to greater than 99%. After incubation of the fabrics in artificial sweat, silver was released from the different fabrics to varying extents, ranging from 0 mg/kg to about 322 mg/kg of fabric weight. The quantity of silver released from the different fabrics was likely to be dependent on the amount of silver coating, the fabric quality and the artificial sweat formulations including its pH. This study is the unprecedented report on the release of silver nanoparticles from antibacterial fabrics into artificial sweat. This information might be useful to evaluate the potential human risk associated with the use of textiles containing silver nanoparticles.

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    • "Nutrients required for growth (e.g., protein, agar, sodium chloride, N, P, lactose…) Synthetic saliva SAGF medium (Gal et al., 2001) pH, ionic and chemical composition, ionic strength Synthetic sweat AATCC, ISO and EN standards (as consolidated in (Kulthong et al., 2010)) "
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    • "Collectively, these data indicate that for this product, the silver particles were incorporated into the polymer fibers, not applied to their surfaces (masterbatch process). As noted by Kulthong et al. (2010), it is possible that AgNPs may sinter into larger particles during ashing. To determine whether our ashing process was sintering AgNPs into larger particles, we treated a control fabric with AgNPs synthesized in Virginia Tech's laboratory, ashed a sample of the treated fabric, and collected EDX spectra of several particles using high-resolution TEM imaging. "
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    • "The exposure route for AgNPs happens via ingestion, inhalation or dermal contact. Kulthong et al. (2010) indicated that the antibacterial fabric from six commercial fabrics releases silver of AgNPs when is immersed in artificial sweat as a model to represent the human skin environment. In addition, AgNPs may have an access to systemic circulation through broken skin when we use the AgNP-containing products such as bandages or wound dressings (Singh and Ramarao, 2012). "
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