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Volume 2021 |Article ID 6670709 | https://doi.org/10.1155/2021/6670709

Mousa A. Alghuthaymi, Amany M. Diab, Aml F. Elzahy, Khaled E. Mazrou, Ahmed A. Tayel, Shaaban H. Moussa, "Green Biosynthesized Selenium Nanoparticles by Cinnamon Extract and Their Antimicrobial Activity and Application as Edible Coatings with Nano-Chitosan", Journal of Food Quality, vol. 2021, Article ID 6670709, 10 pages, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1155/2021/6670709

Green Biosynthesized Selenium Nanoparticles by Cinnamon Extract and Their Antimicrobial Activity and Application as Edible Coatings with Nano-Chitosan

Academic Editor: Laura Arru
Received23 Dec 2020
Revised04 Mar 2021
Accepted10 Mar 2021
Published18 Mar 2021

Abstract

Bioactive nanocomposites were constructed, containing chitosan (Cht), extracted from shrimps’ wastes, and transformed into nanoparticles (NPs) using ionic-gelation. Selenium NPs (Se-NPs) were phytosynthesized using cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) bark extract (CIE), characterized and evaluated with Cht-NPs as antimicrobial composites against bacterial food-borne pathogens “Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhimurium, Staphylococcus aureus, and Listeria monocytogenes” and as potential edible coating (EC) basements. The CIE-phytosynthesized Se-NPs had well-distributed and spherical shapes with 23.2 nm mean diameter. The CIE, CIE/Se-NPs, and innovative CIE/Se/Cht-NP composites exhibited distinguished antibacterial actions toward the entire screened pathogens; CIE/Se/Cht-NP composite was significantly the most potent. The formulated ECs from CIE/Se/Cht-NP nanocomposites had matching antibacterial manner, which was strengthened with CIE/Se-NP percentage increments. Scanning micrographs indicated the attachment of CIE/Se-NPs to bacterial cells to cause their complete lysis and death after 10 h of exposure. CIE/Se/Cht-NP composites are proposed as effectual control agents toward food-borne pathogens using efficient biological carriers and eco-friendly phytosynthesis protocol.

1. Introduction

Chitosan (Cht) is a derivative polysaccharide from deacetylated chitin (Ct), which is the principal constituent of crustacean exoskeleton [1]. Besides, Cht and Ct could present in many insects and fungal cell wall [2]. Cht has reported antimicrobial potentialities toward various microorganisms, e.g., bacteria, fungi, and yeast [35], with suggested higher activity against Gram-positive bacteria than Gram-negative species [1]. Cht is an extraordinary cost-effective biopolymer with numerous biological and environmental advantages, e.g., its elevated biocompatibility, biodegradability, bioactivity, and biosafety attributes, which advocate wide applications, Cht and their nanoparticles (NPs), in biomedical, nutritional, environmental, and therapeutic aspects [68]. The polymer NP formation, e.g., Cht-NPs, was proved to augment the biopolymer bioactivities (such as anticancer, antimicrobial, toxicant adsorption, bioremediation, drugs’ carrying, nanometals conjugation, and antioxidant and anti-inflammatory attributes, comparing with bulk materials [6, 7, 912].

Selenium (Se), the vital element in biological bodies (as antioxidative and prooxidative agent) has vast significance in nutrition and medicine [13], with narrow ranges between toxic levels and dietary deficiency (400 µg and 40 µg/day, respectively).

Se has vital functions in cellular metabolism, enzymes’ activation, body protection from free radical species, human fertility, thyroid metabolism, and several additional energetic functions. The Se biological applications were succeeded in diverse fields, e.g., health, biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology, including its usages in antioxidants, antitumors, enzyme inhibitors, anti-infective, cytokine inducers, and immunomodulator formulations [14]. Se nanoparticles (Se-NPs) have surplus bioactivities than bulk Se as low-toxicity chemopreventive and bioactive agents [1519]. Accordingly, Se-NP synthesis via different protocols was extensively investigated for their potential bio-applications [15, 18].

Spices were historically employed as effectual natural food-antimicrobial materials and for improving foods’ aroma and flavors [20]. With elevated concerns regarding the chemical additives’ safety, consumers and researchers are always searching for natural alternatives to preserve and enhance food quality [21]. Herbs, spices, and plants’ derivatives were always the perfect candidates to replace synthetic antimicrobial and antioxidant materials [22].

Cinnamon spices are gathered from the bark of Cinnamomum genus trees, which contain ∼250 species, for global utilization in cooking and flavoring and in ethnic and modern medicines [23]. Cinnamomum zeylanicum barks are historical herbal medicines that have numerous curative and food-flavoring attributes [24].

Edible coating (EC) was emerged as promising tool for food preservation and is defined as “the thin layers of materials that cover food surfaces and can be eaten and considered as a part of the whole food product” [25]. The key rationales of EC are to provide supplementary nutrients, quality and sensory enhancers, antimicrobial agents, etc., while consumed on food materials. ECs could additionally act as barriers to exterior threats that endanger food quality (e.g., oxygen, vapors, moisture, and oil) to protect, prevent dehydration, and extend shelf-life of coated foods [25, 26]. The fabrication of coated metals’ nanoparticles with polymer possessed elevated potentialities for application in pharmaceutical, biomedical, environmental, and food-related fields [11, 2729].

Accordingly, this research intended the extraction and synthesis of Cht-NPs (as bioactive, eco-friendly, and cost-effective nanopolymers), phytosynthesis of Se-NPs using cinnamon extract (as a natural, biosafe, and bioactive method), and the innovative amalgamation of Cht-NPs with CIE/Se-NPs, evaluating their antimicrobial activities and potentiality for formulating bioactive ECs.

2. Materials and Methods

2.1. Chitosan Preparation

Cht was extracted from white prawn (Fenneropenaeus indicus) shell waste farmed in Kafrelsheikh University aquaculture farm, Egypt. Manually peeled shells were cleansed, dried, and pulverized. Shrimp shells were soaked in 2.0 N NaOH and then in 2.0 N HCl (at 1:20 w/v ratios), for 4 h each at 25°C [30], followed each by extensive washing with deionized water (DIW) and drying at 45°C for 12 h. Dry powdered Ct was immersed in 50% NaOH solution (1 g Ct powder/25 mL NaOH) and put in an oil bath at 125°C for 130 min to obtain Cht [31]. The molecular Cht weight was assessed via GPC “gel permeation chromatography, Water Breeze, Waters, USA,” whereas the DD “deacetylation degree” was calculated from Cht IR spectra using FTIR “Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, FTIR-V, 10.03.08; Perkin Elmer, Rodgau, Germany.”

2.2. Nano-Chitosan Preparation

Sodium tripolyphosphate “TPP; Sigma-Aldrich, St. Louis, MO, USA” was employed as a cross-linker for Cht-NP synthesis. Cht stock solution of 0.1%, w/v (in acetic acidified solution), and TPP solution of 0.5%, w/v (in DIW), were prepared. The solutions’ pH values were adjusted to 5.2, after their paper filtration. While Cht solution was vigorously stirred, the solution of TPP was slowly dripped into it (at 0.3 mL/min rate) using a syringe needle. The stirring of formed Cht-NPs opalescent suspension was sustained for additional 115 min, and then the formed NP pellet was harvested via 10,500 × g speed centrifugation for 30 min and repeated washing with DIW [32].

2.3. Cinnamon Extract Preparation

Dry identified cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) bark was obtained from the ARC “Agricultural Research Centre, Giza, Egypt.” Pulverized and sieved bark powder (60 mesh) was dipped and rotated in 10-folds (w/v) from 70% ethanol for 25 h at 165 × g and 25°C. After filtration and discarding of bark residues, the resulting cinnamon extract (CIE) was vacuum-evaporated at 44°C until dryness [33].

2.4. Phytosynthesis of Selenium Nanoparticles

The Se-NP phytosynthesis involved preparation of 10 mM sodium selenite solution (Na2SeO3; Sigma-Aldrich) and incorporation with equal volumes of CIE aqua solution to have overall CIE concentrations of 0.5%, 1.0%, and 1.5% to preliminarily evaluate the CIE potentiality for Se-NP phytosynthesis. The biosynthesis conditions were the composited solutions stirring in dark at 210 × g for 6 h and 25°C. The solution color changing to brownish-orange (due to Se-NP synthesis) was visually observed. The CIE-phytosynthesized Se-NPs (CIE/Se-NPs) were centrifuged at 12,500 × g for 28 min (Sigma 2–16 KL centrifuge; Sigma Lab. GmbH, Germany) at 15°C, washed with DIW three times, recentrifuged, and subjected to analysis and characterization [34].

For nanocomposite formation from CIE/Se-NPs and Cht-NPs (mentioned thereafter as CIE/Se/Cht–NPs), prepared powders from Cht-NPs and CIE/Se-NPs were dissolved (0.1%, w/v) in 1% acetic solution and DIW, respectively, via vigorous stirring that was followed by sonication. NP solutions (equal volumes) were mixed and stirred for 90 min, and then formed nanocomposites were precipitated via centrifugation, washing with DIW, recentrifugation, and then freeze-drying.

2.5. Analysis of CIE/Se/Cht-NP Physiognomies
2.5.1. FTIR Spectral Analysis

Infrared spectroscopic examinations of CIE, CIE/Se-NPs, and CIE/Se/Cht-NPs were conducted using the transmission mode of Perkin Elmer FTIR, Germany, after integrating samples with 1% KBr “at wavenumbers ranging from 400–4000 cm−1.”

2.5.2. Structural Analysis

The TEM imaging “transmission electron microscopy, Leo 0430; Leica, Cambridge, UK” was applied to assess the structural features “size, shape, morphology, and distribution” of phytosynthesized CIE/Se.

2.6. The Particles’ Size (Ps) Distribution and the Zeta Potential

The Ps distribution and their zeta potential for synthesized Cht-NPs, CIE/Se-NPs, and CIE/Se/Cht-NPs were estimated via Zetasizer “Malvern Nano ZS instrument, Southborough, MA”.

2.7. Antibacterial Evaluation of Natural Products
2.7.1. Bacteria Cultures

Standard strains of pathogenic food-borne bacterial “Escherichia coli ATCC-25922, Salmonella typhimurium ATCC-14028, Staphylococcus aureus ATCC-25923, and Listeria monocytogenes ATCC-19116” were employed for antibacterial screening. The microorganisms were maintained by subculturing on NA and NB “nutrient agar and nutrient broth, Difco Laboratories, Detroit, MI, USA” aerobically at 37°C.

2.7.2. Qualitative Antimicrobial Assay of Nanocomposites

The ZOI “zones of growth inhibition,” after treatment of each screened bacterium with nanocomposites, were appraised via disc diffusion test, as indicators of their antibacterial bioactivities. Sterile paper discs “Whatman no. 4, with 6 mm diameter” were impregnated with 25 µL from 2% solutions of CIE, CIE/Se-NPs, or CIE/Se/Cht-NPs and sited onto a freshly inoculated NA plate with individual bacterial cultures. After upside plates’ incubation for 18–24 h at 37°C, the visualized ZOI diameters were precisely measured and their triplicate means ± SDs (standard deviations) were calculated [5].

2.7.3. Quantitative Antimicrobial Assay of Nanocomposites

The MIC “minimal inhibitory concentration” of CIE, CIE/Se-NPs, or CIE/Se/Cht-NPs was appraised using microdilution method [4]. The exposed bacteria (2 × 107 cell/mL in NB medium) to gradual concentrations from each agent (ranged from 10 to 75 µg/mL in NB) were incubated for 16 h at 37°C and screened for turbidity. Subsequently, exposed wells were treated with TTC indicator solution “triphenyl tetrazolium chloride, Sigma-Aldrich” to confirm the bactericidal action, as viable cells transform TTC to violet-red color.

2.8. SEM “Scanning Electron Microscopy” Imaging of Nanocomposite-Treated Bacteria

SEM micrographs “JSM IT100; JEOL, Tokyo, Japan” were captured for determining the morphological and organizational alterations in S. typhimurium and E. coli cells after exposure to CIE/Se-NPs to elucidate the potential action mode of NPs. Bacterial SEM imaging was implemented after cells’ exposure to 25 μg/mL CIE/Se-NPs (in tryptic soy broth) for 0 (control), 5, and 10 h and incubation at 37°C. The treated cells were collected, washed with DIW, centrifuged at 4600 × g for 30 min, and subjected to SEM preparation and imaging. The SEM micrographs’ capturing was based on cell morphologies’ modifications after nanocomposite exposure [35].

2.9. Coating Films Preparation and Evaluation

To prepare EC solutions, Cht-NP powder was gently dissolved (1.5%, w/v) in boiling DIW for 15 min with stirring (140 × g). The solution’s temperature was reduced to ∼45°C while stirring, and then 1% (v/v) acetic acid and 0.25 mL glycerol/g Cht-NPs were added as plasticizer [36]. After additional 30 min of stirring, the solution temperature was kept at ∼37°C and then dispersed CIE/Se-NP composites in Tween 80 solution (2% v/v) were mixed with EC solutions to attain various CIE/Se-NP concentrations in EC (i.e., 25, 50, and 75 µg/mL). The achieved EC solution was poured into 15 cm plastic Petri dishes to create a film with ∼1.0–1.5 mm thickness and dried with warmed air at 43 ± 2 °C in an incubator. The dried EC films were peeled and cut to ∼1 cm2 squares for use in the qualitative antibacterial assay, using EC squares instead of filter paper disks, as described previously.

2.10. Statistical Analysis

Triplicated experiments were performed; data were provided as means ± SD. The SPSS package (SPSS version 11.5; SPSS, Chicago, IL, USA) was applied for statistical analysis.

3. Results and Discussion

3.1. Se-NP Phytosynthesis

The bioreduction of Na2SeO3 to Se-NPs was accomplished via CIE, as visually evinced by color changes of NP solution from whitish-yellow to brownish-orange (Figure 1). The optimal concentration from CIE to generate Se-NPs was 1.0%, followed by 1.5% and 0.5%, respectively, as noticed from the colors deepness of the phytosynthesized Se-NPs. The development of brownish-orange color deepness was observed for all treatments with incubation prolongation, no additional color changings were observed after 4 h of incubation at 25°C.

The illustrated Se-NP phytosynthesis protocol is eco-friendly, simple, and cheap; the resultant NPs are assumed to be innocent, nontoxic, and highly stable [19, 37]. The color changes of Se-NPs, during synthesis, and their correlation with Ps were stated [38].

3.2. FTIR Analysis

The biochemical groups, bonds and their interactions in the generated molecules are appointed through their FTIR spectra (Figure 2).

The pure Cht-NP spectrum (Figure 2, black) represented the FTIR spectra of pure powder, where typical bands could be observed at wavenumbers ∼3456.7 cm−1 (O–H stretch), 2883.4 cm−1 (C–H stretch), 1621.2 cm−1 (N–H bend), 1378.3 cm−1 (bridge O stretch), and 1134.8 cm−1 (C–O–C bonds). The bands located at wavenumber ∼1062.5 cm−1 were assigned to the C–O stretch of glycosidic bonds [39, 40].

The Cht absorption band was similar to that of Ct. The differences occurred after the deacetylation step, wherein there were changes in the absorption spectrum at 1688.7 cm−1 from the C = O stretch [31].

The characteristic fingerprints of CIE were mostly present between 1650–600 cm−1 range (Figure 2, violet). The peak at ∼1604.3 cm−1 corresponded to the stretching vibration of aldehyde carbonyl C = O. The peak at 1445.7 cm−1 was typical for alcohol C–OH. The cinnamon peaks at ∼987.4 and 1071.3 cm−1 were attributed to the stretching vibrations of C–O and C–OH deformation. The peak at 1281.9 cm−1 was attributed to C–H2 alkanes that face the swing and the aromatic ring C–H for in-plane bending absorption [41, 42].

For CIE/Se-NPs, the possible biomolecules responsible for the reduction of Se+ ions and capping of bioreduced Se-NPs phytosynthesized using CIE were identified [43]. FTIR spectra were used to identify the capping reagent and stability of the metal NPs present in cinnamon. The observed peak denoted the O–H stretching group of phenols and alcohols at 3418.4 cm−1; it also denoted the carbonyl group at 1629.7 cm−1 [44].

The broad absorption band at ∼3410 cm−1 appeared due to O–H stretching. The shifted band from 1604.3 cm−1 (in CIE) to 1629.7 cm−1 (in CIE/Se-NP spectrum) indicated the involvement of the C = O bond in cinnamon aldehyde in Se-NP synthesis. The band at 1336.2 cm−1 corresponded to nitro compounds. This band was broader than the normal cases of aldehyde compounds due to the influence of conjugation and aromatic ring. The band at 1407.3 cm−1 was due to the aromatic C = C bending, and the band at 1087.6 cm−1 was due to C–O stretching [45, 46].

The FTIR spectrum of the CIE/Se/Cht nanocomposite had the main distinctive peaks from each combined agent, indicating the physiochemical reactions between these components, as evidenced by the shifts and differences in the transmission intensities of the characteristic bands.

3.3. Ps Distribution and NP Charges

The Ps distribution and their zeta potential for the synthesized Cht-NPs, CIE/Se-NPs, and CIE/Se/Cht-NPs are appraised in Table 1. The successfulness of CIE to generate Se-NPs with minute Ps range and mean diameter was proved. The phytosynthesized Se-NPs had negative Z-potential (−28.6 mV), whereas the Cht-NPs (with mean Ps of 42.1 nm) had strong positive surface charges (+39.4 mV). The nanocomposites of both NP types (CIE/Se/Cht-NPs) had slightly larger Ps range and mean diameters, which indicates their conjugation and integrations. The recorded Z-potential for investigated NPs indicated their high stability in solutions. These findings matched former stated results that suggested the formation of Cht and Se-NP nanocomposites with elevated stabilities and minute Ps [29, 47].


NPsSize range (nm)Mean diameter (nm)Zeta potential (mV)

CIE/Se-NPs6.8–58.223.2−28.6
Cht-NPs17.3–73.942.1+39.4
CIE/Se/Cht-NPs19.6–84.151.9+32.3

3.4. TEM Analysis of Se-NPs with CIE

The Ps investigation of CIE/Se-NPs via TEM micrographs showed that the size of NP ranged from 6.8 to 58.2 nm, with mean Ps diameters of ∼23.2 nm.

The TEM images of phytosynthesized CIE/Se-NPs verified the homogenous NP distribution and their stabilization with CIE during phytosynthesis. Se-NPs were spherical in shapes with nearly no aggregation (Figure 3). Little CIE particles were appeared in combination with Se-NPs in the CIE/Se-NP matrix, as was formerly indicated using other plant extracts [48]. Previous studies investigated plant derivatives employment for achieving different Se-NP particle shapes and sizes based on the employed phytochemical reducing agents. For example, fenugreek seeds extraction generated Se-NPs with smoothly oval shaped and Ps of 50–150 nm [49], dried raisin extract with 3–18 nm Se nanoballs [50], Bougainvillea spectabilis flower with spherical shape of Se-NPs with Ps ranges between 18 and 35 nm [51], and spherical NPs with Ps 102–170 nm were achieved by microbial phytosynthesis [52]. The biomolecules and several organic compounds found in the plant extract (e.g., CIE) could lead to NP reduction and stabilization and stopping their aggregation [34].

3.5. Synthesis of Chitosan Nanoparticles

Cht-NP synthesis was efficaciously attained using the TPP gelation method, as evidenced by NP SEM imaging (Figure 4).

The Cht-NPs’ appearance was semispherical and well-distributed, with PS of ∼17.3–73.9 nm and a mean diameter of ∼42.1 nm (Table 1). TPP cross-linkages were formerly verified as effective protocols for Cht-NP synthesis using the ionic-gelation interaction [32, 39]. The current synthesized Cht-NPs with this protocol had extraordinary properties, compared to bulk Cht, for applications as plain antibacterial agents, nanocarriers for bioactive constituents, and bases for functional ECs [10, 25].

3.6. Antibacterial Activity of Cinnamon Phytosynthesized Se-NPs

The antibacterial actions of CIE, CIE/Se-NP, and CIE/Se/Cht-NP composites were experimentally quantified with different assessments against four food-borne bacteria (Table 2). The CIE/Se/Cht-NP composite had the highest effectiveness and exhibited superior antibacterial activity. The qualitative ZOI and quantitative MIC assays revealed significant antibacterial action of the prepared antibacterial agents, as follows: CIE < CIE/Se-NPs < CIE/Se/Cht-NPs. S. typhimurium was significantly higher sensitive to CIE than the other species. In contrast, the most CIE/Se/Cht-NP resistant bacterium was L. monocytogenes. Generally, the sensitivity of tested bacteria to examined agents was: Gram-negative < Gram-positive (S. typhimurium < E. coli < S. aureus < L. monocytogenes).


Examined agentsAntibacterial activity
E. coliSalmonella typhimuriumStaphylococcus aureusListeria monocytogenes
ZOI (mm)MIC (µg/ml)ZOI (mm)MIC (µg/ml)ZOI (mm)MIC (µg/ml)ZOI (mm)MIC (µg/ml)

Cinnamon Ext.12.1 ± 0.7a40.012.8 ± 0.8a37.59.9 ± 0.7a47.58.7 ± 0.5a50.0
CIE/Se-NPs15.3 ± 1.2b32.516.2 ± 1.2b30.012.7 ± 1.1b35.011.7 ± 1.0b37.5
CIE/Se/Cht-NPs18.4 ± 1.4c22.520.9 ± 1.6c20.017.8 ± 1.2c27.517.2 ± 1.1c27.5

Inhibition zones impart triplicates’ diameter means ± SD, assay discs (diameter 6 mm) carrying 50 µg from cinnamon extract (CIE), phytosynthesized Se-NPs with cinnamon extract (CIE/Se-NPs) or their blend with nano-chitosan (CIE/Se/Cht-NPs).“Dissimilar superscript letters within the same column indicate significant difference at .

The CIE antimicrobial potentialities (including antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral activities) were stated in many reports and attributed to its precious contents from active phytochemicals, e.g., cinnamaldehyde, eugenol, ß-caryophyllene, ethyl cinnamate, and terpenes [24, 41, 53, 54]. Conjugation of CIE with its green synthesized metals’ NPs was validated to reinforce their combined antimicrobial performance, mostly because the synergistic actions of NPs and CIE phytochemicals can attack the microbial cells via diverse mechanisms, which are assumingly very hard to gain resistance toward them all [43, 45, 5557].

3.7. SEM Analysis of Treated Bacteria

The effect of CIE/Se-NP exposure on the cellular morphology and cell wall deformation of bacterial strains (S. typhimurium and E. coli) are shown in Figure 5. The selection of screened strains was based on their higher sensitivity to nanocomposites; therefore, they were expected to provide more evidences for the antimicrobial action. The bacterial cells had healthy appearance with normal, smooth, and contracted shapes at the beginning of exposure time (control; Figure 5, 0 h)). Apparent morphological changes in the bacterial cell were occurred after 5 h exposure to CIE/Se-NPs; bacterial walls converted to puffy walls, and many NPs attached the cell membranes, disrupt them and enter the cells at this stage. The bacterial cell viability decreased and many cells were lysed after exposure to CIE/Se-NPs (Figure 5, 5 h).

With prolonged CIE/Se-NP exposure to 10 h, the compromised NPs with bacterial cells became more apparent with higher numbers. The bacterial cells were mostly lysed at this time; their released interior components apparently attached with CIE/Se-NPs. The CIE antibacterial activity was supposed to involve complex mechanisms, including suppression of nucleic acid metabolism and activity, restraint of cell wall/membrane synthesis, and deactivation of intracellular components and proteins [58, 59]. Furthermore, Se polymeric coatings were proposed as innovative antibacterial agents via the reduction of biological functions of microbes [60]. The shape and size of phytosynthesized CIE/Se-NPs augmented their antibacterial action. It was recently proposed that spherical and smaller-sized Se-NPs could easily access the bacterial cell wall/membrane and hinder their biological activities [34].

Se-NPs exhibited more inhibitory actions against Gram + ve bacterial species in the current and previous investigations (including Proteus sp. and Serratia sp.), as explained by the lesser surface charges of NPs that effectively enabled them to bind to the bacterial cell membrane [37]. The antibacterial action of Se ions also depended on their absorption and accumulation onto microbial cells, leading to cytoplasm membrane shrinkage and cell bioactivity inhibition [35].

The definite mechanisms of Se-NPs as antimicrobial substances are still ambiguous, but former studies claimed that generating ROS “reactive oxygen species” and free radicals are major causes of bacterial cells’ devastation by Se organic compounds [61, 62]. The metallic NP antimicrobial activities were attributed to their interactions with intracellular vital components (DNA, ribosomes, and RNA) to alter and deactivate their bioactive processes [63]. From former investigations, SEM and TEM imaging of exposed bacteria, S. aureus and E. coli, to Se-NPs indicated cells’ wall shrinking, deformation, and damage [64], suggesting that Se-NPs can destroy bacteria via penetrating their cell membrane with increased ROS production.

3.8. Antimicrobial Capacities of Synthesized Edible Coating

The antibacterial capacities of Cht-NP (1.5%), Cht-NP + CIE/Se-NP (25 µg/mL), Cht-NP + CIE/Se-NP (50 µg/mL), and Cht-NP + CIE/Se-NP (75 µg/mL) ECs were validated against the four challenged food-borne pathogens (Table 3). The Cht-NP + CIE/Se-NP (75 µg/mL) EC was significantly the most forceful. Qualitative ZOI assay exhibited remarkable antibacterial actions of the prepared ECs, which augmented with CIE/Se-NP concentrations in Cht-NP- based ECs.


Edible coatingAntibacterial activity (IZ: mm)
E. coliSalmonella typhimuriumStaphylococcus aureusListeria monocytogenes

Cht-NPs (1.5%)5.5 ± 0.56.1 ± 0.45.1 ± 0.34.6 ± 0.4
Cht-NPs + CIE/Se-NPs (25 µg/ml)8.6 ± 0.710.1 ± 0.97.5 ± 0.67.2 ± 0.7
Cht-NPs + CIE/Se-NPs (50 µg/ml)10.8 ± 0.912.2 ± 1.28.9 ± 0.88.4 ± 1.0
Cht-NPs + CIE/Se-NPs (75 µg/ml)13.2 ± 1.214.8 ± 1.410.9 ± I0.910.1 ± 1.1

Inhibition zones impart triplicates’ diameter means ± SD, Inhibition zones impart triplicates’ diameter means ± SD, without coating films diameter .

The composed ECs and films from Cht and Cht-NPs, after conjugation with bioactive phytochemicals, had evidenced extra activities and applicability for usage in foodstuff protection and preservation [10, 12, 36, 65]; the antioxidant, antimicrobial, and polymeric nature of Cht-NPs could increase the actions of conjugated materials to prevent food spoilage factors. From the documented advantageous attributes of the components of produced EC nanocomposites, i.e., Cht-NPs (antioxidant, surface barring, and antimicrobial activities), CIE (antimicrobial and antioxidant activities), and Se-NPs (powerful microbicidal action); these nanocomposited ECs are supposed to have elevated capability for protecting foodstuff from external spoilage factors (e.g., oxygen and free radicals attack and cross contamination) besides the internal factors (microbial load, lipid oxidation, and enzymatic actions), using these biosafe and natural components [7, 12, 37, 66].

4. Conclusion

The synthesis of Cht-NPs and green synthesized Se-NPs with CIE was successfully achieved. The phytosynthesized Se-NP had mean diameter of 23.2 nm, spherical shape, and high stability. The CIE/Se/Cht-NP composite exhibited potent antibacterial action against different food-borne bacterial pathogens. The bactericidal action was confirmed by imaging and antimicrobial assays, and the efficiency of phytosynthesized NPs was validated. The CIE/Se/Cht-NP bioactive edible coatings were additionally formulated and their capability to prohibit food-borne bacterial growth was evidenced. The based coating on CIE/Se/Cht-NP nanocomposites could be outstandingly recommended for the prospective applications in foodstuff preservation.

Data Availability

The datasets generated during and/or analyzed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

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