Nanoparticles in the fight against mosquito-borne diseases: bioactivity of Bruguiera cylindrica-synthesized nanoparticles against dengue virus DEN-2 (in vitro) and its mosquito vector Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae). Academic Article uri icon


  • Mosquitoes are blood-feeding insects serving as the most important vectors for spreading human pathogens and parasites. Dengue is a viral disease mainly vectored through the bite of Aedes mosquitoes. Its transmission has recently increased in urban and semi-urban areas of tropical and subtropical regions worldwide, becoming a major international public health concern. There is no specific treatment for dengue. Its prevention and control solely depend on effective vector control measures. Mangrove plants have been used in Indian traditional medicine for a wide array of purposes. In this research, we proposed a method for biosynthesis of antiviral and mosquitocidal silver nanoparticles (AgNP) using the aqueous extract of Bruguiera cylindrica leaves. AgNP were characterized using a variety of biophysical analyses, including UV-visible spectrophotometry, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Bruguiera cilyndrica aqueous extract and green-synthesized AgNP were tested against the primary dengue vector Aedes aegypti. AgNP were the most effective. LC50 values ranged from 8.93ppm (larva I) to 30.69ppm (pupa). In vitro experiments showed that 30g/ml of AgNP significantly inhibited the production of dengue viral envelope (E) protein in vero cells and downregulated the expression of dengue viral E gene. Concerning nontarget effects, we observed that the predation efficiency of Carassius auratus against A. aegypti was not affected by exposure at sublethal doses of AgNP. Predation in the control was 71.81% (larva II) and 50.43% (larva III), while in an AgNP-treated environment, predation was boosted to 90.25 and 76.81%, respectively. Overall, this study highlights the concrete potential of green-synthesized AgNP in the fight against dengue virus. Furthermore, B. cylindrica-synthesized AgNP can be employed at low doses to reduce larval and pupal population of A. aegypti, without detrimental effects of predation rates of mosquito predators, such as C. auratus.

published proceedings

  • Parasitol Res

altmetric score

  • 1.6

author list (cited authors)

  • Murugan, K., Dinesh, D., Paulpandi, M., Althbyani, A., Subramaniam, J., Madhiyazhagan, P., ... Benelli, G.

citation count

  • 50

complete list of authors

  • Murugan, Kadarkarai||Dinesh, Devakumar||Paulpandi, Manickam||Althbyani, Abdulaziz Dakhellah Meqbel||Subramaniam, Jayapal||Madhiyazhagan, Pari||Wang, Lan||Suresh, Udaiyan||Kumar, Palanisamy Mahesh||Mohan, Jagathish||Rajaganesh, Rajapandian||Wei, Hui||Kalimuthu, Kandasamy||Parajulee, Megha N||Mehlhorn, Heinz||Benelli, Giovanni

publication date

  • January 2015