Biocompatibility of tungsten disulfide inorganic nanotubes and fullerene-like nanoparticles with salivary gland cells

Elisheva B. Goldman, Alla Zak, Reshef Tenne, Elena Kartvelishvily, Smadar Levin-Zaidman, Yoav Neumann, Raluca Stiubea-Cohen, Aaron Palmon, Avi Hai Hovav, Doron J. Aframian*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

60 Scopus citations


Impaired salivary gland (SG) function leading to oral diseases is relatively common with no adequate solution. Previously, tissue engineering of SG had been proposed to overcome this morbidity, however, not yet clinically available. Multiwall inorganic (tungsten disulfide [WS2]) nanotubes (INT-WS2) and fullerene-like nanoparticles (IF-WS2) have many potential medical applications. A yet unexplored venue application is their interaction with SG, and therefore, our aim was to test the biocompatibility of INT/IF-WS2 with the A5 and rat submandibular cells (RSC) SG cells. The cells were cultured and subjected after 1 day to different concentrations of INT-WS2 and were compared to control groups. Growth curves, trypan blue viability test, and carboxyfluorescein succinimidyl ester (CFSE) proliferation assay were obtained. Furthermore, cells morphology and interaction with the nanoparticles were observed by light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The results showed no significant differences in growth curves, proliferation kinetics, and viability between the groups compared. Moreover, no alterations were observed in the cell morphology. Interestingly, TEM images indicated that the nanoparticles are uptaken by the cells and accumulate in cytoplasmic vesicles. These results suggest promising future medical applications for these nanoparticles.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1013-1023
Number of pages11
JournalTissue Engineering - Part A.
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2015

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.


Dive into the research topics of 'Biocompatibility of tungsten disulfide inorganic nanotubes and fullerene-like nanoparticles with salivary gland cells'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this