Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Rajalingam Dakshinamurthy (Director), Bangbo Yan, Moon-Soo Kim

Degree Program

Department of Chemistry

Degree Type

Master of Science


On the verge of entering the post-antibiotic era, numerous efforts are in place to regain the losing potential of antibiotics which are proving ineffective against common bacterial infections. Engineered nanomaterials, especially gold nanoparticles (GNPs) capped with antibacterial agents are proving to be an effective and novel strategy against multi-drug resistant (MDR) bacteria. In this study, we report a one-step synthesis of kanamycin-capped GNPs (20 ± 5 nm) utilizing the combined reducing and capping ability of the aminoglycoside antibiotic, kanamycin. Antibacterial assays showed dosedependent broad spectrum activity of Kan-GNPs against Gram-positive (Staphylococcus epidermidis and Enterococcus durans), Gram-negative (Escherichia coli and Enterobacter aerogenes) and Kan-resistant and MDR bacterial strains. A significant reduction in the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of Kan-GNPs was observed as compared to free kanamycin against all the sensitive and resistant bacterial strains tested. Mechanistic studies using TEM and fluorescence microscopy showed that Kan- GNPs exerted their bactericidal action through disrupting the cellular membrane resulting in leakage of cytoplasmic content and death of bacterial cells. Results of this study provide a novel method in the development of antibiotic capped GNPs as potent next-generation antibacterial agents.


Medicinal-Pharmaceutical Chemistry | Organic Chemistry