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Interaction of bovine serum albumin and lysozyme with stainless steel studied by time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Surface and Corrosion Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2145-3650
Department of Materials Science and Engineering 4, Chair for Surface Science and Corrosion, Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Martensstr.7, 91058 Erlangen, Germany.
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Surface and Corrosion Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7496-1101
Department of Materials Science and Engineering 4, Chair for Surface Science and Corrosion, Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Martensstr.7, 91058 Erlangen, Germany.
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2012 (English)In: Langmuir, ISSN 0743-7463, E-ISSN 1520-5827, Vol. 28, no 47, 16306-16317 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

An in-depth mechanistic understanding of the interaction between stainless steel surfaces and proteins is essential from a corrosion and protein-induced metal release perspective when stainless steel is used in surgical implants and in food applications. The interaction between lysozyme (LSZ) from chicken egg white and bovine serum albumin (BSA) and AISI 316L stainless steel surfaces was studied ex situ by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) after different adsorption time periods (0.5, 24, and 168 h). The effect of XPS measurements, storage (aging), sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), and elevated temperature (up to 200 °C) on the protein layers, as well as changes in surface oxide composition, were investigated. Both BSA and LSZ adsorption induced an enrichment of chromium in the oxide layer. BSA induced significant changes to the entire oxide, while LSZ only induced a depletion of iron at the utmost layer. SDS was not able to remove preadsorbed proteins completely, despite its high concentration and relatively long treatment time (up to 36.5 h), but induced partial denaturation of the protein coatings. High-temperature treatment (200 °C) and XPS exposure (X-ray irradiation and/or photoelectron emission) induced significant denaturation of both proteins. The heating treatment up to 200 °C removed some proteins, far from all. Amino acid fragment intensities determined from ToF-SIMS are discussed in terms of significant differences with adsorption time, between the proteins, and between freshly adsorbed and aged samples. Stainless steel–protein interactions were shown to be strong and protein-dependent. The findings assist in the understanding of previous studies of metal release and surface changes upon exposure to similar protein solutions.

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2012. Vol. 28, no 47, 16306-16317 p.
Keyword [en]
Adsorption time, AISI316L stainless steel, Amino acid fragments, Bovine serum albumins, Chicken egg white, Elevated temperature, Ex situ, Food applications, Heating treatments, High concentration, High-temperature treatment, Metal release, Oxide layer, Partial denaturation, Photo-electron emission, Protein coating, Protein layers, Protein solution, Sodium dodecyl sulfate, Stainless steel surface, Surface changes, Surface oxide, Time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry, ToF SIMS, Treatment time, X ray irradiation, XPS measurements
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-105513DOI: 10.1021/la3039279ISI: 000312515200010ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84870209570OAI: diva2:571297

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Available from: 2012-11-22 Created: 2012-11-22 Last updated: 2013-01-18Bibliographically approved
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1. Stainless Steel in Biological Environments – Relation between Material Characteristics, Surface Chemistry and Toxicity
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Stainless Steel in Biological Environments – Relation between Material Characteristics, Surface Chemistry and Toxicity
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Triggered by the regulatory need of the industry to demonstrate safe use of their alloy products from an environmental and health perspective, and by the significant lack of metal release data and its correlation to material and surface characteristics for iron- and chromium-based alloys, a highly interdisciplinary in-depth research effort was undertaken to assess the relation between material/surface characteristics and toxicity with main emphasis on stainless steel alloys. This thesis focuses predominantly on studies made on AISI 316L both as massive sheet and as powder particles, but includes also results for other stainless steel grades and reference metals and metal oxides.


The work comprises multi-analytical bulk and surface characterizations combined with particle characterizations and corrosion investigations, all correlated with in-depth kinetic metal release (bioaccessibility) studies as a function of route of manufacture, powder particle characteristics, surface finish, stainless steel grade, solution composition, pH, acidity and complexation capacity, as well as the presence of proteins. Speciation (chemical form) measurements were in addition conducted of released chromium, and of metal species in the surface oxide. Protein interactions were investigated in terms of adsorption, protein-metal complexation both at the surface and in solution, and the relative strength of protein-stainless steel surface interaction was addressed. In vitro and in vivo toxicological studies were conducted for the same inert-gas-atomized 316L powder sized < 4µm.


Bulk and surface oxide properties, such as phase, structure, morphology, chemical and electrochemical stability, protein-surface interactions, bioavailability of released metals, were all clearly evident to largely influence the metal release process and any induced toxicity. The route of manufacture was shown to strongly influence the bulk and surface oxide characteristics of stainless steel powders, hence also their electrochemical and catalytic properties, as well as the release/dissolution of metals from the powders (Papers VIII, XIII, XIV-XVII). The release of metals from both stainless steel sheets and powders was in general low compared to pure iron or nickel metal, and highly dependent on bulk and surface characteristics, the composition, complexation capacity and buffering capacity (and pH) of the solution, as well as on many experimental factors including time and sonication (Papers VI, VIII, XI, and XVII).


Surface-protein interactions strongly enhanced the release of alloy constituents (Papers IX, XI, and XVII). Iron was preferentially released (manganese in the case of inert-gas-atomized stainless steel powders) (Papers VIII, XI, and XVII). Protein-stainless steel surface interactions were most probably governed by chemisorption at given experimental conditions (Papers XI-XII). A strong protein-adsorption was evident for all stainless steel surfaces investigated, independent of protein charge, size or structure (Paper IX). Protein-metal complexes were formed both at the surface and in solution (Papers X-XII). Differences in protein charge and type resulted in varying degrees of interaction with differences in the extent of enhanced metal release as a consequence (Papers XI-XII). The inert-gas-atomized stainless steel powder sized <4 µm induced neither any significant increase of lysis of erythrocytes (rupture of red blood cells) nor any cytotoxicity, but resulted in a slight DNA damage in in vitro toxicity measurements (Paper VI). No adverse effects were however observed in an in vivo 28-day repeated-dose inhalation study on rats using the same powder (Paper VII).


The most important bulk, surface, particle, and experimental factors governing the bioaccessibility properties of stainless steel were identified and mechanistically elucidated. Detailed knowledge of all factors is essential for accurate hazard or risk assessment of metal alloys and enables read-across possibilities with materials of the same or similar characteristics. However, in cases where data is different from known systems for one factor or more, bioaccessibility data should be generated before any risk assessment is made.

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Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2012. XIV, 38 p.
Trita-CHE-Report, ISSN 1654-1081 ; 2012:57
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-105521 (URN)978-91-7501-521-7 (ISBN)
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2012-12-14, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, KTH, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)

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