ANP  Vol.11 No.1 , February 2022
Synthesis of Novel Virus-Like Mesoporous Silica-ZnO-Ag Nanoparticles and Quercetin Synergize with NIR Laser for Omicron Mutated Covid-19 Virus Infectious Diseases Treatment
Abstract: This work shows that novel virus-like mesopore silica-zinc oxide/Ag nanoparticles (SZnOAg) synthesized and professionally collected on NIR laser irradiation with quercetin to improve the elimination the mutated virus as a biomedical application. A unique type of silica nanoparticles with a self-in- flating tubular surface has been successfully synthesized using a novel single-micelle epitaxial growth process. The properties of the nanoparticles can be tuned with respect to their core diameter, tubular length, and outer diameter. Due to their biomimetic appearance, they can rapidly transform living cells into virus-like particles, this SZnOAg nanomaterial has specific elimination effect on bacteriophage and Covid-19. Using epitaxial growth, we can construct virus-like structures that can be used for biomedicine applications. These nanomaterials and NIR laser could open the way to a new range of antiviral materials, due to the low-efficiency cellular uptake of current nanoparticles, their applications in the biomedical field are limited. Herein, it clearly shows that novel mesoporous silica nanoparticles can be easily exhibited superior cellular uptake property.

1. Introduction

Nanoparticles have been designed for biomedical applications such as intracellular drug delivery and molecular imaging [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]. Their efficiency heavily relies on the cellular uptake performance [6] [7] [8] [9]. The interaction between nanoparticles and biological hosts (e.g., HeLa cell, Escherichia coli) plays an important role in the cellular uptake process, which is greatly dependent on the chemical and physical properties of the nanoparticles [10] [11] [12]. Previous reports have introduced various methods to enhance the cellular uptake property by controlling factors that could influence the interaction between nanomaterials and biological hosts, such as chemical composition, particle shape, and surface charge [13] [14] [15] [16]. However, studies on regulating the interaction between nanomaterials and biological hosts by improving the surface topological structures of nanomaterials are relatively rare [17] - [22]. In addition, Ag NPs showed average size of ~15 nm [23].

2. Ease of Use

In this work, uniform ease synthesized virus-like mesoporous silica-zinc oxide with Ag nanoparticles (SZnOAg) have been successfully synthesized using a single micelle epitaxial culture reaction. [24] [25] The nanoparticles were fully developed and exhibited uniform surface characteristics via a novel single micelle epitaxial growth approach in a low-surfactant-concern oil/water bi-phase reaction system, with the using of hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as a structural template and tetraethyl orthocarbonate (TEOC) as a precursor. [26] The virus-like particles of mesoporous silica exhibit a uniform particle size and a well-controllable inner diameter. They can also form a rough surface structure by growing radially from the inner portions of the silica nanospheres. Also, the virus-like nanoparticles have unique internalization pathways.

3. Aim of the Work

Inhibit virus spreading by using omicron virus-like nanomaterials and NIR-Laser system. Uniform virus-like mesoporous silica-zinc oxide nanoparticles can be synthesized in a bi-phase reaction system with a low surfactant concentration, which allows the assembly of reactants to take place at the oil−water interface for continuous interfacial growth [27].

4. Materials and Methods

4.1. Materials

The oil phase was adopted in the upper of the beaker to be a (TEOC) solution in hydrophobic organic solvent (such as cyclohexane), while the bottom water phase was an aqueous solution of cationic surfactant (CTAB) as a template and NaOH as a catalyst. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images of the obtained mesoporous silica nanoparticles clearly show a unique virus-like morphology with uniform particle size of ~160 nm (Figure 1). Quercetin is one of the most important flavonoids and belongs to the class of flavanol’s [28].

Figure 1. Quercetin and virus-like mesoporous silica-ZnO-Ag nanoparticles with inner portions of the silica nanospheres consist of ZnO/Ag cubic cluster with hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as a structural template and tetraethyl orthocarbonate (TEOC) as a precursor.

4.2. Methods

In this framework, experimental results have demonstrated that quercetin exerts strong inhibitory effects on ACE2 in vitro, and in vivo when tested in rats [29]. Furthermore, the screening of a library of 150 compounds, allowed the identification of quercetin as a potent inhibitor of SARS-CoV-2 3CLpro [30]. Taken together, these results suggest that quercetin may prevent the entry of SARS-CoV-2 in the host cell, binding the S-protein and inhibiting ACE2 receptors [31].

5. Statistical Analysis

In this study, we consider the bacteriophage as a target virus, this virus has a symmetrical structure, approximately 57 nm wide and 100 nm long, with very long double-strand DNA in the head [32]. We then clearly demonstrate the specific elimination of bacteriophage bound to the complex, through the photothermal effect of the SZnOAg backbone under NIR laser irradiation (1060 nm). The irradiated solutions of SZnOAg—bacteriophage complexes (300 µg·ml−1) in PBS (1 ml) by using a 1060 nm laser (5 W) (Figure 2); we also irradiated PBS alone (1 ml) as a control. We measured the temperature of the solutions (away from the laser beam) at 1 min intervals by using a mercury thermometer. We measured the temperature of the solutions (away from the laser beam) at 1 min intervals by using a mercury thermometer. Under the NIR laser irradiation (1060 nm laser irradiation, 1 W·cm−2, 15 min), hyperthermia generated by mesoporous nanoparticles destroying virus cell membrane and biofilm promoting and increasing Ag+ release from the nanocarrier, resulting in photothermal-enhanced antibacterial activity.

Figure 2. Schematic description photothermal effect of the quercetin and SZnOAg under NIR laser irradiation (1060 nm) and its synergistic antiviral effects.

6. Results

Spherical nano-systems with average size and pores of 200 - 240 nm and 3.4 - 4.8 nm, respectively were successfully fabricated. In vitro antibacterial activity was evaluated against Virus cells by adding SZnOAg with laser irradiation at same concentration (128 μg·mL−1), 22% and 76% of cells death were achieved [33]. Results corroborate antibacterial assays displaying a NIR-responsive Ag+ release, with 11.3% and 37.3% of release with laser irradiation, respectively, which indicate that multimodal synergistic therapy on SZnOAg with laser irradiation based could effectively treat MRSA skin infection. Beyond that, the animals evaluated showed no obvious changes in their body weight suggesting no biotoxicity. These findings made ZnO and Ag nanomaterials a promising multimodal nanoplatform against bacterial infections and for further clinical translations. Single ZnO nanoparticle was formed by uneven surface, which showed crystallinity with d-spacing of 0.265 nm for nanocrystal as shown in Figure 3. The aggregates generated a macro-mesoporous network based on interparticle interactions.

The virus-like nanoparticles’ rough surface morphology results mainly from the mesoporous silica nanotubes spontaneously grown via an epitaxial growth process. The obtained nanoparticles show uniform particle size and excellent monodispersed. The structural parameters of the nanoparticles can be well tuned with controllable core diameter (~50 - 180 nm), tubular length (~7 - 80 nm), and outer diameter (~6 - 11 nm). Thanks to the biomimetic morphology, the virus-like nanoparticles show greatly superior cellular uptake property (invading living cells in large quantities within few minutes, <5 min), unique internalization pathways, and extended blood circulation duration (t1/2 = 2.16 h), which is much longer than that of conventional mesoporous silica nanoparticles (0.45 h). Furthermore, our epitaxial growth strategy can be applied to fabricate various virus-like mesoporous core-shell structures, paving the way toward designed synthesis of virus-like nanocomposites for biomedicine applications [34]. Figure 4 shows X-ray diffraction pattern of zinc oxide. For atomic composition

Figure 3. FE-TEM images with crystallinity and electron diffraction.

Figure 4. X-ray diffraction pattern of zinc oxide nanorod arrays. Notes: Inset shows the X-ray diffraction pattern of zinc oxide nano powder.

analysis, synthesized ZnO nanoparticles consisted of 47.38% Zn and 52.62% O Compared with synthesized ZnO nanoparticles, hybrid- and nano-ZnO particles had 44.8% and 48.16% Zn and 55.2% and 51.84% O, respectively. On XPS spectra, binding energy peaks of Zn2p were detected at 1021 eV, and 1044 eV for Zn2p3/2 and Zn2p1/2.

7. Discussion

Materials Wild-type T7 bacteriophage (4.8 × 1012 pfu·ml−1) was prepared by using a T7 select packaging kit (Novagen). Zinc oxide (purity = 95%), SiO (purity = 99.99%), Zn nanomaterial was synthesized with (purity = 98.5%). The measured temperature of the solutions (away from the laser beam) is at 1 min intervals by using a mercury thermometer. We irradiated solutions of complex (300 µg·ml−1) in PBS (1 ml) by using a 1060 nm laser (5 W) (Figure 2). The measured temperature of the solutions (away from the laser beam) is at 1 min intervals by using a mercury thermometer. Structural analysis Structural characterization of the SZnOaAg complexes was performed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) (JSM6700F; JEOL) (acceleration voltage: 20 kV), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) (JEM-3010; JEOL) (acceleration voltage: 200 or 300 kV) and by atomic force microscopy (AFM) (JSPM-4210; JEOL) using a tapping-mode cantilever. 2.3. Particle diameter analysis: the particle diameter of the complex was measured by dynamic light scattering (DLS) (LB-550; HORIBA). The complex was dissolved in distilled water (300 µg·ml−1) and the solution was filtered through a cellulose acetate membrane (Advantec; pore size = 200 nm) without filtration after 5 d.

7.1. Morphology, Crystallinity, Particle Size Distribution, and Atomic Composition

The resulting nanoparticles exhibited uniform particle size and good mono-dis- persibility. Synthesized ZnO nanoparticles generated spherical cluster shapes up to 3 μm with average size was 48.3 ± 3.5 nm in diameter with a narrow size distribution as shown in Figure 5. TEM image of mesoporous show interior spherical mesoporous silica cores with a diameter of ~110 nm; separated peripheral silica nanotubes perpendicular to the core surface with a length of ~35 nm and outside/inside diameters of 10/2.5 nm, respectively (Figure 5 & Figure 6). The size of the mesoporous silica cores can be tuned from ~60 to 160 nm by changing feeding amount of the surfactant (CTAB).

7.2. Optical Property and Photoinduced Exothermicity of the CNH Complex

Under NIR laser irradiation (1060 nm), aqueous suspensions of the CNH complexes (300 µg·ml−1) exhibit a significant increase in temperature, whereas controls (without the SZnOAg complexes) showed a much smaller heating effect because of absorbance by water (Figure 7). Even on prolonged laser irradiation

Figure 5. SEM image of mesoporous silica-zinc oxide nanomaterials.

Figure 6. TEM image of mesoporous silica-zinc oxide nanomaterials.

Figure 7. Temperature curves for a solution of NIR laser-induced exothermicity of SZnOAg and quercetin SZnOAg-virus complex (concentration = 300 µg·ml−1) in PBS buffer alone (as a control) under continuous NIR laser irradiation (1060 nm, 5 W).

(60 min), there was no sedimentation of the complexes. These results confirm that the NIR laser driven on SZnOAg complexes act as a powerful exothermic material.

8. Conclusion

The high-efficiency cellular uptake of synthesized nanomaterial quercetin-SZnOAg- virus complex with excellent applications in the biomedical field was verified. The novel mesoporous silica nanoparticles can be easily synthesized and exhibited superior cellular uptake property, which on NIR laser irradiation effectively eliminates the virus. These results strongly suggest that functional nanomaterials could soon be produced that exhibit photo-exothermic elimination of harmful viruses, such as HIV, SARS, and avian influenza virus. The present work makes important progress for biomedical applications of nanomaterials in the field of omicron mutated Covid-19 antiviral material.


The corresponding author acknowledges a supporting moral help from Al Shujaa Bin Al Aslam School, Chemistry Department, students, and its School manager Mr. Naser Al Neamaa.

Cite this paper: Ibrahim, F. (2022) Synthesis of Novel Virus-Like Mesoporous Silica-ZnO-Ag Nanoparticles and Quercetin Synergize with NIR Laser for Omicron Mutated Covid-19 Virus Infectious Diseases Treatment. Advances in Nanoparticles, 11, 13-22. doi: 10.4236/anp.2022.111002.

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