Document Type : Research Article


Department of Biosciences, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi-110025, India


In the present work, biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) using isolate of Shigella sp. AS8 culture supernatant as a reducing agent has been demonstrated. Synthesis of AgNPs was completed within 180 min of incubation at 35 °C under bright light condition. The biosynthesized nanoparticles were characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Dynamic light scattering (DLS), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) equipped with energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) and Atomic force microscopy (AFM).  The formation of brown color reaction product with strong UV-vis spectrum absorption maxima at 411 nm due to surface plasmon resonance (SPR) indicated the synthesis of AgNPs. FTIR spectrum confirmed association of supernatant protein molecules with synthesized nanoparticles. DLS, TEM, FE-SEM and AFM showed biosynthesized nanoparticles were spherical in shape with an average size of 20 nm. EDX data analysis reveals presence of metallic silver. While, XRD analysis revealed that synthesized particles were pure and crystalline in nature. Further, AgNPs were evaluated as an antibacterial agent against extended spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) positive water-borne pathogens. The results of present study suggest that biosynthesized AgNPs can be used to combat ESBL producing multidrug resistant bacteria.