Gold nanoparticles can induce more apoptosis and double strand breaks on HT-29 cells irradiated by 18 MV photons

Document Type : Conference Proceedings


1 Nanotechnology Research Center, Faculty of Pharmacy, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran. Associate Professor, Department of Medical Physics, School of Medicine, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran. Department of Clinical Oncology, Golestan Hospital, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran.

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Virology, School of Medicine, Hamedan University of Medical Sciences, Hamedan, Iran.

3 Associate Professor, Department of Anatomical Sciences, School of Medicine, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran.

4 Associate Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran.

5 Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, School of Para Medical Sciences, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran.


Introduction: To increase therapeutic ratio, using radio-sensitizers is recommended and nowadays some types of them are utilized clinically. In recent years, Gold nanoparticles (GNPs) were considered as radio-sensitizers in many studies due to high atomic number. Although theoretical works showed that GNPs have an insignificant effect at MV energies, some In-vitro and In-vivo studies have proven promising result for using GNPs at the energy range. The work aims to investigate the effect of GNPs on apoptosis induction and double strand breaks (DSBs) incidence for colon cancer cell line (HT-29) at 18 MV energy.
Materials and Methods: The GNPs were synthesized by seeding-growth method. To determine the morphology and size distribution of the synthesized GNPs, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was used. The cytotoxicity of GNPs on HT-29 cells was assessed by MTT method in various concentration of GNPs. Moreover, the uptake extent of the nanoparticles into the cells was measured by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectroscopy (GF-AAS). The cells irradiation was done by 18 MV photons after incubation with GNPs. For apoptosis test, 24 h after irradiation, the cells were prepared and read by flowcytometer. As a well-known biomarker of DSBs in cells, γ-H2Ax foci formation were investigated by flowcytometer.
Results: The mean size of synthesized GNPs was 24.75 nm and standard deviation 3.6 nm. TEM images showed spherical like shape for the GNPs. The cytotoxicity of GNPs on Ht-29 cells showed a time-dependent manner so that it was lower for incubation time 48 h than 24
h. Additionally, by increase in GNPs concentration the viability rate of the cells was reduced. The uptake results also exhibited a time dependent pattern and it reached to the maximum after 12 h of incubation time. Apoptosis test showed that the GNPs treated group has significantly more apoptotic cells than other group (P<0.05). Moreover, GNPs caused to forming more γ-H2Ax foci in 18 MV irradiated HT-29 cells.
Considering result of apoptosis and γ-H2Ax foci formation tests, it seems the GNPs have a great potential to utilize as radio-sensitizer for colon cancer cells at 18 MV energy. However, it needs to study the effect under various conditions as well on animal models.


  • Receive Date: 21 May 2018
  • Revise Date: 08 May 2019
  • Accept Date: 06 July 2018
  • First Publish Date: 01 December 2018