Influence of hybrid inorganic/organic mesoporous and nanostructured materials on the cephalosporins’ efficacy on different bacterial strains.


Mariana Carmen Chifiriuc, Dan Mihaiescu, Ecaterina Ilinca, Luminita Marutescu, Grigore Mihaiescu,Alexandru Mihai Grumezescu*: Influence of hybrid inorganic/organic mesoporous and nanostructured materials on the cephalosporins’  efficacy on different bacterial strains. IET NanoBioTechnology, 6(4):156–161, 2012.


The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of different hybrid inorganic-organic micro- and nanomaterials (Fe(3)O(4)/PEG(600), Fe(3)O(4)/C(12), ZSM-5) on the antibacterial activity of different cephalosporins against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacterial strains. The synergic effect of the studied materials was demonstrated by the increase in the growth inhibition zones diameter. All tested hybrid micro- and nanomaterials increased the activity of cefotaxime against Staphylococcus aureus. ZSM-5 increased the activity of cefotaxime and ceftriaxone and Fe(3)O(4)/C(12) that of ceftriaxone against Pseudomonas aeruginosa and S. aureus. The anti-Pseudomonas, anti-Klebsiella pneumoniae and anti-Bacillus subtilis activity of cefoperazone was increased by Fe(3)O(4)/C(12) nanoparticles, while the ZSM-5 improved its anti-Escherichia coli, K. pneumoniae, S. aureus and B. subtilis activity, whereas Fe(3)O(4)/PEG(600) against K. pneumoniae. The anti-K. pneumoniae activity of cefepime was increased by all tested nanoparticles, whereas its anti-B. subtilis and anti-E. coli activity was improved by Fe(3)O(4)/C(12) and Fe(3)O(4)/PEG(600) nanoparticles. In conclusion, both magnetic Fe(3)O(4) nanoparticles, charged outside as extra-shell with the antibiotic as well as ZSM-5 microparticles carrying the antibiotic inside the pores, significantly and specifically improved cephalosporin efficacy. A probable explanation for the increase in the antibiotic efficiency is the better penetration through the cellular wall of the antibiotic charged nanoparticles.