QSAR model for cytotoxicity of SiO2 nanoparticles on human lung fibroblasts

  • Alla P. Toropova
  • Andrey A. ToropovEmail author
  • Emilio Benfenati
  • Rafi Korenstein
Brief Communication


The possibility of building up predictive model for cytotoxicity of SiO2-nanoparticles (SiO2-NPs) by means of so-called optimal descriptors which are mathematical functions of size and concentration of SiO2-NPs is demonstrated with data on sixteen systems’ “size–concentration.” The calculation has been carried out by means of the CORAL software ( The statistical quality of the best model for the cytotoxic inhibition ratio (%) of human lung fibroblasts cultured in the media containing different concentrations of SiO2‐NPs which is measured by MTT assay is the following: n = 10, r 2 = 0.9837, s = 2.53 %, F = 483 (training set) and n = 6, r 2 = 0.9269, s = 7.94 % (test set). The perspectives of this approach are discussed.


QSAR SiO2 nanoparticle Optimal descriptor CORAL software Modeling and simulation Health effects 



The authors thank EU FP7 project PreNanoTox (contract 309666) for financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alla P. Toropova
    • 1
  • Andrey A. Toropov
    • 1
    Email author
  • Emilio Benfenati
    • 1
  • Rafi Korenstein
    • 2
  1. 1.Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario NegriMilanItaly
  2. 2.Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Faculty of MedicineTel-Aviv UniversityTel-AvivIsrael

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