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Conversion of ferritin ferrihydrite core to magnetite by gold ions binding and the derived nanoparticle formation

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Tofanello, Aryane [1] ; Bronzato, Julia D. [1] ; Rettori, Carlos [2, 1] ; Nascimento, Otaciro R. [3] ; Nantes-Cardoso, Iseli L. [1]
Total Authors: 5
[1] Univ Fed ABC UFABC, Ctr Ciencias Nat & Humanas, BR-09210580 Santo Andre, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Estadual Campinas, Inst Fis Gleb Wataghin, BR-13083859 Campinas, SP - Brazil
[3] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Fis Sao Carlos, BR-13566590 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Web of Science Citations: 0

Inspired by the multi-functionalities of vegetal extracts, we first focused on developing a new gold nanoparticle (AuNP) synthesis method using tomato extract (Solanum lycopersicum Mill, Carmen variety) under conditions in which proteins could be preserved and unexpected additional synthesis of superparamagnetic magnetite occurred. The AuNPs and magnetite were characterized by UV-visible spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering, superconducting quantum interference device, high-resolution transmission microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Based on the literature, the ferrihydrite core of holoferritin was postulated to be the magnetite precursor. Consistently, the tomato genome encodes a protein homologous to ferritin and an identical result was obtained with purified horse spleen ferritin (HSF). The electron paramagnetic resonance spectrum of the lyophilized tomato pulp extract at 298 K featured HSF signal with (g(0) = 2.070). This signal is absent in another tomato variety (Solanum lycopersicum, cherry variety), as well as in the boiled Carmen tomato extract, which produced only AuNPs after stirring with HAuCl4. The synthesis of magnetite in an air atmosphere is feasible only using holoferritin because the synthesis by loading apoferritin with iron salt requires an inert atmosphere and controlled stoichiometry. In addition, AuNPs produced by this method exhibited potential for use in photodynamic therapy. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 19/01425-1 - Synthesis and interaction of metal oxide nanostructures and topological insulating materials with biomolecules
Grantee:Julia Delatorre Bronzato
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate (Direct)
FAPESP's process: 17/02317-2 - Interfaces in materials: electronic, magnetic, structural and transport properties
Grantee:Adalberto Fazzio
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants