Oxidation of Hydrogen Sulfide to Polysulfide and Thiosulfate by a Carbon Nanozyme: Therapeutic Implications with an Emphasis on Down Syndrome. Academic Article uri icon


  • Hydrogen sulfide (H2 S) is a noxious, potentially poisonous, but necessary gas produced from sulfur metabolism in humans. In Down Syndrome (DS), the production of H2 S is elevated and associated with degraded mitochondrial function. Therefore, removing H2 S from the body as a stable oxide could be an approach to reducing the deleterious effects of H2 S in DS. In this report we describe the catalytic oxidation of hydrogen sulfide (H2 S) to polysulfides (HS2+n - ) and thiosulfate (S2 O3 2- ) by poly(ethylene glycol) hydrophilic carbon clusters (PEG-HCCs) and poly(ethylene glycol) oxidized activated charcoal (PEG-OACs), examples of oxidized carbon nanozymes (OCNs). We show that OCNs oxidize H2 S to polysulfides and thiosulfate in a dose-dependent manner. The reaction is dependent on oxygen and the presence of quinone groups on the OCNs. In DS donor lymphocytes we found that OCNs increased polysulfide production, proliferation, and afforded protection against additional toxic levels of H2 S compared to untreated DS lymphocytes. Finally, in Dp16 and Ts65DN murine models of DS, we found that OCNs restored osteoclast differentiation. This new action suggests potential facile translation into the clinic for conditions involving excess H2 S exemplified by DS. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Adv Mater

author list (cited authors)

  • Derry, P. J., Liopo, A. V., Mouli, K., McHugh, E. A., Vo, A., McKelvey, A., ... Kent, T. A.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Derry, Paul J||Liopo, Anton V||Mouli, Karthik||McHugh, Emily A||Vo, Anh TT||McKelvey, Ann||Suva, Larry J||Wu, Gang||Gao, Yan||Olson, Kenneth R||Tour, James M||Kent, Thomas A

publication date

  • June 2023