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Bratislava Medical Journal Vol.113, No.12, p.707–711, 2012

Title: The evaluation of Candida albicans biofilms formation on silicone catheter, PVC and glass coated with titanium dioxide nanoparticles by XTT method and ATPase assay
Author: F. Haghighi, S. R. Mohammadi, P. Mohammadi, M. Eskandari, S. Hosseinkhani


Lots of Candida albicans infections involve in biofilm formation on medical devices. This kind of biofilm can impede antifungal therapy and complicates the treatment of infectious diseases particularly in field of chronic diseases associated with implanted devices. This study has investigated the influence of treating silicone catheter, PVC and glass coated with Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles on attachment of C. albicans. In this study TiO2 nanoparticles were synthesized from precursor TiCl4 and characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) which showed TiO2 nanoparticles are 70-100 nm in size. In the simplest model of biofilms formation, C. albicans isolates (ATCC10231) and (ATCC 76615) were grown on the surface of small disks of catheter, PVC and glass in a flat-bottomed 12-well plates and evaluated biofilm formation using ATP bioluminescence and tetrazolium salt (XTT) reduction assays. In addition, morphology of C. albicans biofilms after 48 h incubation was observed by SEM.

Results indicated that there is a statistical difference between mean of coated samples especially catheter and glass before and after TiO2 nanoparticles coating (p<0.05).

In SEM analysis, C. albicans biofilm was more aggregated on the surface of glass and catheter than PVC and control groups and after treatment by these nanoparticles, catheter and glass both showed most significant decrease of C. albicans attachment in comparison to the control groups (Fig. 4, Ref. 23).

Keywords: antifungal agent, biofilm, Candida albicans, coating, TiO2 nanoparticles.
Year: 2012, Volume: 113, Issue: 12 Page From: 707, Page To: 711

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