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Particle and Fibre Toxicology

, 13:38

First Online: 08 July 2016Received: 07 January 2016Accepted: 21 June 2016DOI: 10.1186-s12989-016-0149-1

Cite this article as: van den Brule, S., Ambroise, J., Lecloux, H. et al. Part Fibre Toxicol 2015 13: 38. doi:10.1186-s12989-016-0149-1


BackgroundHumans are increasingly exposed via the diet to Ag nanoparticles NP used in the food industry. Because of their anti-bacterial activity, ingested Ag NP might disturb the gut microbiota that is essential for local and systemic homeostasis. We explored here the possible impact of dietary Ag NP on the gut microbiota in mice at doses relevant for currently estimated human intake.

MethodsMice were orally exposed to food pellets supplemented with increasing doses of Ag NP 0, 46, 460 or 4600 ppb during 28 d. Body weight, systemic inflammation and gut integrity were investigated to determine overall toxicity, and feces DNA collected from the gut were analyzed by Next Generation Sequencing NGS to assess the effect of Ag NP on the bacterial population. Ag NP were characterized alone and in the supplemented pellets by scanning transmission electron microscopy STEM and energy dispersive X-ray analysis EDX.

ResultsNo overall toxicity was recorded in mice exposed to Ag NP. Ag NP disturbed bacterial evenness α-diversity and populations β-diversity in a dose-dependent manner. Ag NP increased the ratio between Firmicutes F and Bacteroidetes B phyla. At the family level, Lachnospiraceae and the S24-7 family mainly accounted for the increase in Firmicutes and decrease in Bacteroidetes, respectively. Similar effects were not observed in mice identically exposed to the same batch of Ag NP-supplemented pellets aged during 4 or 8 months and the F-B ratio was less or not modified. Analysis of Ag NP-supplemented pellets showed that freshly prepared pellets released Ag ions faster than aged pellets. STEM-EDX analysis also showed that Ag sulfidation occurred in aged Ag NP-supplemented pellets.

ConclusionsOur data indicate that oral exposure to human relevant doses of Ag NP can induce microbial alterations in the gut. The bacterial disturbances recorded after Ag NP are similar to those reported in metabolic and inflammatory diseases, such as obesity. It also highlights that Ag NP aging in food, and more specifically sulfidation, can reduce the effects of Ag NP on the microbiota by limiting the release of toxic Ag ions.

KeywordsNanomaterials Toxicity Bacteria Dysbiosis Sulfidation Food NGS Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-s12989-016-0149-1 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Author: Sybille van den Brule - Jérôme Ambroise - Hélène Lecloux - Clément Levard - Romain Soulas - Pieter-Jan De Temmerman - M


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