Bioavailability of silver nanoparticles and ions: from a chemical and biochemical perspective

Behra, Renata; Sigg, Laura; Clift, Martin; Herzog, Fabian; Minghetti, Matteo; Johnston, Blair; Petri-Fink, Alke; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara (2013). Bioavailability of silver nanoparticles and ions: from a chemical and biochemical perspective. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 10(87), p. 20130396. The Royal Society 10.1098/rsif.2013.0396

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Owing to their antimicrobial properties, silver nanoparticles (NPs) are the most commonly used engineered nanomaterial for use in a wide array of consumer and medical applications. Many discussions are currently ongoing as to whether or not exposure of silver NPs to the ecosystem (i.e. plants and animals) may be conceived as harmful or not. Metallic silver, if released into the environment, can undergo chemical and biochemical conversion which strongly influence its availability towards any biological system. During this process, in the presence of moisture, silver can be oxidized resulting in the release of silver ions. To date, it is still debatable as to whether any biological impact of nanosized silver is relative to either its size, or to its ionic constitution. The aim of this review therefore is to provide a comprehensive, interdisciplinary overview--for biologists, chemists, toxicologists as well as physicists--regarding the production of silver NPs, its (as well as in their ionic form) chemical and biochemical behaviours towards/within a multitude of relative and realistic biological environments and also how such interactions may be correlated across a plethora of different biological organisms.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > BioMedical Research (DBMR) > Forschungsbereich Mu50 > Forschungsgruppe Pneumologie (Erwachsene)
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gastro-intestinal, Liver and Lung Disorders (DMLL) > Clinic of Pneumology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Anatomy > Topographical and Clinical Anatomy

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Clift, Martin, Herzog, Fabian, Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




The Royal Society




Rahel Holderegger

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30 Apr 2014 10:45

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05 Dec 2022 14:32

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biological impact, silver ions, silver nanoparticles


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