Selenium nanoparticles for biomedical application
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Ever since its discovery, selenium has attracted the attention of many scientists due to its specific characteristics and behavior, which provided a wide range of applications for this element, from photo- and electrical industry to biology and medicine. The diverse applications are directly related with selenium chemical form, size and shape of its particles. When it comes to biomedical applications, it is well known fact that selenium is an essential micronutrient for animals and humans but with a narrow margin between beneficial and toxic effects. As a potential anticancer agent, its use requires consumption over the long term, so the toxicity of Se is always a crucial concern. Elemental selenium nanoparticles (Nano-Se) have emerged as a novel selenium source with the advantage of reduced risk of selenium toxicity, but with same bioavailability and efficacy in increasing the activities of selenoenzimes compared with other seleno-compounds. We synthesized stabile, amorphous, red... spherical nanoparticles with average diameter of ~80 nm, by employing the reduction of sodium selenite with ascorbic acid in the presence of bovine serum albumin. The obtained particles were characterized by X-ray diffraction, zetasizer, electron microscopy (SEM+EDS, TEM, HRTEM), and showed good anticancer activity.
Keywords:selenium / nanoparticles / biomedical materials
Source:The Fifteenth Annual Conference YUCOMAT 2013: Programme and the Book of Abstracts, 2013, 132-132
- Belgrade : Materials Research Society of Serbia