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      Recent Advances in Zinc Oxide Nanostructures with Antimicrobial Activities


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          This article reviews the recent developments in the synthesis, antibacterial activity, and visible-light photocatalytic bacterial inactivation of nano-zinc oxide. Polycrystalline wurtzite ZnO nanostructures with a hexagonal lattice having different shapes can be synthesized by means of vapor-, liquid-, and solid-phase processing techniques. Among these, ZnO hierarchical nanostructures prepared from the liquid phase route are commonly used for antimicrobial activity. In particular, plant extract-mediated biosynthesis is a single step process for preparing nano-ZnO without using surfactants and toxic chemicals. The phytochemical molecules of natural plant extracts are attractive agents for reducing and stabilizing zinc ions of zinc salt precursors to form green ZnO nanostructures. The peel extracts of certain citrus fruits like grapefruits, lemons and oranges, acting as excellent chelating agents for zinc ions. Furthermore, phytochemicals of the plant extracts capped on ZnO nanomaterials are very effective for killing various bacterial strains, leading to low minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) values. Bioactive phytocompounds from green ZnO also inhibit hemolysis of Staphylococcus aureus infected red blood cells and inflammatory activity of mammalian immune system. In general, three mechanisms have been adopted to explain bactericidal activity of ZnO nanomaterials, including direct contact killing, reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, and released zinc ion inactivation. These toxic effects lead to the destruction of bacterial membrane, denaturation of enzyme, inhibition of cellular respiration and deoxyribonucleic acid replication, causing leakage of the cytoplasmic content and eventual cell death. Meanwhile, antimicrobial activity of doped and modified ZnO nanomaterials under visible light can be attributed to photogeneration of ROS on their surfaces. Thus particular attention is paid to the design and synthesis of visible light-activated ZnO photocatalysts with antibacterial properties

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                Int J Mol Sci
                Int J Mol Sci
                International Journal of Molecular Sciences
                22 November 2020
                November 2020
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                [1 ]Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Liaocheng University, Liaocheng 252000, China; liyuchao@ 123456lcu.edu.cn
                [2 ]Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen 518055, China
                [3 ]Department of Physics, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
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                [* ]Correspondence: liaocz@ 123456sustech.edu.cn (C.L.); aptjong@ 123456gmail.com (S.C.T.)
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                Molecular biology
                semiconducting oxide,synthesis,heterostructure,antimicrobial activity,photocatalytic activity,free radicals,zinc ion,contact killing,phytocompounds,hemolysis


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