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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 526580, 5 pages
Research Article

Properties of Surfactin C-15 Nanopeptide and Its Cytotoxic Effect on Human Cervix Cancer (HeLa) Cell Line

Deptartement of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Mohaghegh Ardabili, Ardabil 11367-56199, Iran

Received 16 February 2012; Revised 24 October 2012; Accepted 9 November 2012

Academic Editor: Xiaoming Li

Copyright © 2012 Zahra Nozhat et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Surfactin is one of the most powerful biosurfactants that has been known so far. It is an acidic cyclic nonribosomal lipoheptapeptide that is produced by Bacillus subtilis. In this presentation we investigated different properties of surfactin C-15. The nanomicelle forming ability of surfactin C-15 in different aqueous environments with various ionic strengths was studied by scanning electron microscope. Surfactin second structure was investigated by Far-UV CD spectrum. Its hemolytic activity and cytotoxicity were measured by hemolysis and MTT assays, respectively. Surfactin formed spherical nanomicelles in distilled water and amorphous nanomicelles in PBS buffer . The hemolysis assay results indicated that HC50 of surfactin was 47 μM. Surfactin C-15 arrested growth of human cervix cancer HeLa cell line in a time- and dosage-dependent method, so that its IC50 at 16, 24, and 48h were 86.9, 73.1, and 50.2 μM, respectively.