Comparison of the Effects of Nano-silver Antibacterial Coatings and Silver Ions on Zebrafish Embryogenesis

  • Yeo, Min-Kyeong (Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, KyungHee University) ;
  • Yoon, Jae-Won (Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, KyungHee University)
  • Published : 2009.03.31


To compare the effects of nanometer-sized silver ions and support materials (nano-silver coating material, NM-silver) and silver ions, we exposed zebrafish embryos to both types of nano-silver ions and compared the acute responses during embryogenesis. The amount of silver in the NM-silver (17.16%) was greater than that in the silver ion (4.56%). Both of these materials have different atomic compositions. The silver ion-exposed groups (10 and 20 ppt) showed lower survival rates than the NM-silver-exposed groups (10 and 20 ppt). NM-silver penetrated the skin and blood tube of zebrafish larvae as aggregated particles, whereas, silver ions penetrated the organelles, nucleus and yolk in a spread-out pattern. Micro-array analysis of RNA from zebrafish larvae (72 hours post-fertilization) that were treated with either NM-silver or silver ions, showed alteration in expression of the BMP, activin, TGF-$\beta$, and $GSK3{\beta}$ genes pathway. Additionally, $GSK3{\beta}$ gene pathway for apoptosis that was related with left-right asymmetry. Gene expression changes in the NM-silver or silver ions-treated zebrafish embryo led to phenotypic changes in the hatched larvae, reflecting increased apoptosis and incomplete formation of an axis.


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