Lasers Med Sci. 2019 Feb 5. doi: 10.1007/s10103-019-02732-5. [Epub ahead of print]

Photobiomodulation can alter mRNA levels cell death-related.

da Silva PAV1, Dos Anjos LMJ2, Abduch TF3, Pereira R4, da Fonseca AS5, de Paoli F2.

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Departamento de Fisioterapia, Centro Universitário Redentor (UniRedentor), BR 356, nº 25 – Cidade Nova, Itaperuna / Rio de Janeiro, 28300-000, Brazil. pierreaugusto@gmail.com.
Departamento de Morfologia, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, Rua José Lourenço Kelmer, s/n-Campus Universitário, São Pedro, Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, 36036-900, Brazil.
Departamento de Fisioterapia, Faculdade de Ciências Médicas e da Saúde (SUPREMA), Alameda Salvaterra, nº. 200, Bairro Salvaterra, Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, 36033-003, Brazil.
Departamento de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Estadual do Sudoeste da Bahia (UESB), Jequié, Bahia, 45210-506, Brazil.
Departamento de Biofísica e Biometria, Instituto de Biologia Roberto Alcantara Gomes, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Avenida 28 de Setembro, 87, Vila Isabel, Rio de Janeiro, 20551-030, Brazil.


Photobiomodulation (PBM) by low-level laser has demonstrated excellent results for inflammatory treatments, promoting repair of injured tissues. Knowledge regarding the molecular mechanisms involved in this process has been increasing, but its effect on cell death/survival-related gene expression after laser irradiation with different doses is not well understood. So, it is important to know these effects in order to guarantee the safety of therapeutic protocols based on PBM. This study aimed to investigate the mRNA levels of genes related to proteins involved in cell death/survival pathways of healthy tissues from talocrural joint of mice after PBM. Mice were divided into three groups: control, PBM at 3 J cm-2, and PBM at 30 J cm-2. Laser irradiation was performed on talocrural joint during four consecutive days. Morphological analyses, immunocytochemistry, FasL, Fas, Bax, Apaf1, Caspase9, Caspase3, Caspase6, Bcl2 mRNA levels, and DNA fragmentation were performed to verify cell death induction after laser irradiation. PBM can increase mRNA levels of almost genes pro-apoptotic. On the other hand, mRNA level of anti-apoptotic protein Bcl-2 gene was not significantly altered. Bcl-2/Bax ratio (indicator of protective molecular response) was decreased after PBM at 30 J cm-2, trending to DNA fragmentation. Results obtained in this study indicate that PBM by low-level infrared laser alters mRNA relative levels of genes involved in cell death pathways. However, these molecular alterations were not able to cause DNA fragmentation in cells in talocrural joint tissues, indicating that infrared laser was not enough to cause cell death.


Apoptosis; Bcl-2/Bax ratio; Caspase; DNA fragmentation; Photobiomodulation

Photochem Photobiol Sci. 2018 Jul 11;17(7):975-983. doi: 10.1039/c8pp00109j.

Photobiomodulation prevents DNA fragmentation of alveolar epithelial cells and alters the mRNA levels of caspase 3 and Bcl-2 genes in acute lung injury.

Sergio LPDS 1, Thomé AMC , Trajano LADSN , Mencalha AL , da Fonseca AS , de Paoli F .

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Departamento de Biofísica e Biometria, Instituto de Biologia Roberto Alcantara Gomes, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Avenida 28 de Setembro, 87, fundos, Vila Isabel, Rio de Janeiro, 20551030, Brazil. luizphilippesergio@gmail.com.


Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and acute lung injury (ALI) are defined as pulmonary inflammation that could occur from sepsis and lead to pulmonary permeability and alveolar edema making them life-threatening diseases. Photobiomodulation (PBM) properties have been widely described in the literature in several inflammatory diseases; although the mechanisms of action are not always clear, this could be a possible treatment for ARDS/ALI. Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate the mRNA levels from caspase-3 and BCL-2 genes and DNA fragmentation in lung tissue from Wistar rats affected by ALI and subjected to photobiomodulation by exposure to a low power infrared laser (808 nm; 100 mW; 3.571 W cm-2; four points per lung). Adult male Wistar rats were randomized into 6 groups (n = 5, for each group): control, PBM10 (10 J cm-2, 2 J and 2 seconds), PBM20 (20 J cm-2, 5 J and 5 seconds), ALI, ALI + PBM10 and ALI + PBM20. ALI was induced by intraperitoneal Escherichia coli lipopolysaccharide injection. Lung samples were collected and divided for mRNA expression of caspase-3 and Bcl-2 and DNA fragmentation quantifications. Data show that caspase-3 mRNA levels are reduced and Bcl-2 mRNA levels increased in ALI after low power infrared laser exposure when compared to the non-exposed ALI group. DNA fragmentation increased in inflammatory infiltrate cells and reduced in alveolar cells. Our research shows that photobiomodulation can alter relative mRNA levels in genes involved in the apoptotic process and DNA fragmentation in inflammatory and alveolar cells after lipopolysaccharide-induced acute lung injury. Also, inflammatory cell apoptosis is part of the photobiomodulation effects induced by exposure to a low power infrared laser.

Sci Rep. 2015 Nov 18;5:16925. doi: 10.1038/srep16925.

Laser controlled singlet oxygen generation in mitochondria to promote mitochondrial DNA replication in vitro.

Zhou X1,2,3, Wang Y1,2,3,4, Si J1,2,3, Zhou R1,2,3, Gan L1,2,3, Di C1,2,3, Xie Y1,2,3, Zhang H1,2,3.
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1Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000, China.
2Key laboratory of Heavy Ion Radiation Biology and Medicine Institute of Nuclear Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
3Key laboratory of Heavy-ion Radiation Medicine of Gansu Province, Lanzhou 730000, China.
4Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100039, China.
Reports have shown that a certain level of reactive oxygen species (ROS) can promote mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) replication. However, it is unclear whether it is the mitochondrial ROS that stimulate mtDNA replication and this requires further investigation. Here we employed a photodynamic system to achieve controlled mitochondrial singlet oxygen (1O2) generation. HeLa cells incubated with 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) were exposed to laser irradiation to induce 1O2 generation within mitochondria. Increased mtDNA copy number was detected after low doses of 630?nm laser light in ALA-treated cells. The stimulated mtDNA replication was directly linked to mitochondrial 1O2 generation, as verified using specific ROS scavengers. The stimulated mtDNA replication was regulated by mitochondrial transcription factor A (TFAM) and mtDNA polymerase ?. MtDNA control region modifications were induced by 1O2 generation in mitochondria. A marked increase in 8-Oxoguanine (8-oxoG) level was detected in ALA-treated cells after irradiation. HeLa cell growth stimulation and G1-S cell cycle transition were also observed after laser irradiation in ALA-treated cells. These cellular responses could be due to a second wave of ROS generation detected in mitochondria. In summary, we describe a controllable method of inducing mtDNA replication in vitro.
Lasers Med Sci. 2014 Jun 15. [Epub ahead of print]

Expression of DNA repair genes in burned skin exposed to low-level red laser.

Trajano ET1, Mencalha AL, Monte-Alto-Costa A, Pôrto LC, de Souza da Fonseca A.

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  • 1Laboratório de Reparo Tecidual Departamento de Histologia e Embriologia, Instituto de Biologia Roberto Alcantara Gomes, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Avenida Marechal Rondon 381-Pav. Jose Roberto Feresin Moraes, Rio de Janeiro, 20950-003, Brazil.


Although red laser lights lie in the region of non-ionizing radiations in the electromagnetic spectrum, there are doubts whether absorption of these radiations causes lesions in the DNA molecule. Our aim was to investigate the expression of the genes involved with base excision and nucleotide excision repair pathways in skin tissue submitted to burn injury and exposed to low-level red laser. Wistar rats were divided as follows: control group-rats burned and not irradiated, laser group-rats burned and irradiated 1 day after injury for five consecutive days, and later laser group-rats injured and treated 4 days after injury for five consecutive days. Irradiation was performed according to a clinical protocol (20 J/cm2, 100 mW, continuous wave emission mode). The animals were sacrificed on day 10, and scarred tissue samples were withdrawn for total RNA extraction, complementary DNA (cDNA) synthesis, and evaluation of gene expression by quantitative polymerase chain reaction. Low-level red laser exposure (1) reduces the expression of APE1 messenger (mRNA), (2) increases the expression of OGG1 mRNA, (3) reduces the expression of XPC mRNA, and (4) increases the expression of XPA mRNA both in laser and later laser groups. Red laser exposure at therapeutic fluences alters the expression of genes related to base excision and nucleotide excision pathways of DNA repair during wound healing of burned skin.

J Biomed Opt.  2014 Apr 1;19(4):48002. doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.19.4.048002.

Laser phototherapy triggers the production of reactive oxygen species in oral epithelial cells without inducing DNA damage.

Dillenburg CS1, Almeida LO2, Martins MD1, Squarize CH2, Castilho RM2
  • 1Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, School of Dentistry, Department of Oral Pathology, Rio Grande do Sul 90035-003, Brazil.
  • 2University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, Laboratory of Epithelial Biology, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1078.


ABSTRACT. Laser phototherapy (LPT) is widely used in clinical practice to accelerate healing. Although the use of LPT has advantages, the molecular mechanisms involved in the process of accelerated healing and the safety concerns associated with LPT are still poorly understood. We investigated the physiological effects of LPT irradiation on the production and accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), genomic instability, and deoxyribose nucleic acid (DNA) damage in human epithelial cells. In contrast to a high energy density (20 J/cm2), laser administered at a low energy density (4 J/cm2) resulted in the accumulation of ROS. Interestingly, 4 J/cm2 of LPT did not induce DNA damage, genomic instability, or nuclear influx of the BRCA1 DNA damage repair protein, a known genome protective molecule that actively participates in DNA repair. Our results suggest that administration of low energy densities of LPT induces the accumulation of safe levels of ROS, which may explain the accelerated healing results observed in patients. These findings indicate that epithelial cells have an endowed molecular circuitry that responds to LPT by physiologically inducing accumulation of ROS, which triggers accelerated healing. Importantly, our results suggest that low energy densities of LPT can serve as a safe therapy to accelerate epithelial healing.

J Androl.  2011 Jul 14. [Epub ahead of print]

The Effects of Low-Level Laser Light Exposure on Sperm Motion Characteristics and DNA Damage.

Firestone R, Esfandiari N, Moskovtsev SI, Burstein E, Videna GT, Librach C, Bentov Y, Casper RF.


Objective: To determine the effects of low-level laser light exposure on the motility of spermatozoa and on DNA damage.

Methods: Thirty-three semen samples were collected for routine analysis and were classified as normospermic, oligospermic, or asthenospermic. After routine semen analysis was performed residual semen was divided into treated and control aliquots. Treated samples were exposed to a 30 second infrared laser pulse of 50 mW/cm(2) at 905 nm, a wavelength thought to increase light sensitive cytochrome c oxidase in the mitochondrial electron transport chain. Samples were then incubated at 37°C and aliquots analyzed at 30 minutes and 2 hours using Computer Assisted Semen Analysis (CASA). After incubation, 250 µL of each sample was frozen at -80°C until DNA fragmentation analysis by flow cytometry.

Results: A significant increase in motility, most prominent in oligospermic and asthenospermic samples (85% increase), was observed 30 minutes after the treatment (p<0.0001). No significant increase in DNA damage compared to control samples was observed. Significant changes in sperm motion kinetics were observed.

Conclusions: Low-level laser light exposure appears to have a positive short-term effect on the motility of the treated spermatozoa and did not cause any increase in DNA damage measured at 2 hours. We conclude that some cases of asthenospermia may be related to mitochondrial dysfunction. The implications of this study in terms of future clinical applications needs further investigation.

Lasers Med Sci.  2011 May 10. [Epub ahead of print]

Low-level infrared laser effect on plasmid DNA.

Fonseca AS, Geller M, Filho MB, Santos Valença S, de Paoli F.


Departamento de Ciências Fisiológicas, Instituto Biomédico, Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rua Frei Caneca, 94, Rio de Janeiro, 20211040, Brazil, adnfonseca@ig.com.br


Low-level laser therapy is used in the treatment of many diseases based on its biostimulative effect. However, the photobiological basis for its mechanism of action and adverse effects are not well understood. The aim of this study, using experimental models, was to evaluate the effects of laser on bacterial plasmids in alkaline agarose gel electrophoresis and Escherichia coli cultures. The electrophoretic profile of bacterial plasmids in alkaline agarose gels were used for studying lesions in DNA exposed to infrared laser. Transformation efficiency and survival of Escherichia coli AB1157 (wild-type), BH20 (fpg/mutM ( – )), BW9091 (xth(-)), and DH5?F’Iq (recA ( – )) cells harboring pBSK plasmids were used as experimental models to assess the effect of laser on plasmid DNA outside and inside of cells. Data indicate low-level laser: (1) altered the electrophoretic profile of plasmids in alkaline gels at 2,500-Hz pulsed-emission mode but did not alter at continuous wave, 2.5- and 250-Hz pulsed-emission mode; (2) altered the transformation efficiency of plasmids in wild-type and fpg/mutM(-) E. coli cells; (3) altered the survival fpg/mutM(-), xthA(-) and recA(-) E. coli cultures harboring pBSK plasmids. Low-level infrared laser with therapeutic fluencies at high frequency in pulsed-emission modes have effects on bacterial plasmids. Infrared laser action can differently affect the survival of plasmids in E. coli cells proficient and deficient in DNA repair mechanisms, therefore, laser therapy protocol should take into account fluencies, frequencies and wavelength of laser, as well as tissue conditions and genetic characteristics of cells before beginning treatment.

Lasers Med Sci.  2011 Jan 28. [Epub ahead of print]

Low-level laser therapy: a useful technique for enhancing the proliferation of various cultured cells.

Alghamdi KM, Kumar A, Moussa NA.


Department of Dermatology, Vitiligo Research Chair, College of Medicine, King Saud University, PO Box 240997, Riyadh, 11322, Saudi Arabia, kmgderm@yahoo.com


The aim of this work is to review the available literature on the details of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) use for the enhancement of the proliferation of various cultured cell lines including stem cells. A cell culture is one of the most useful techniques in science, particularly in the production of viral vaccines and hybrid cell lines. However, the growth rate of some of the much-needed mammalian cells is slow. LLLT can enhance the proliferation rate of various cell lines. Literature review from 1923 to 2010. By investigating the outcome of LLLT on cell cultures, many articles report that it produces higher rates of ATP, RNA, and DNA synthesis in stem cells and other cell lines. Thus, LLLT improves the proliferation of the cells without causing any cytotoxic effects. Mainly, helium neon and gallium-aluminum-arsenide (Ga-Al-As) lasers are used for LLLT on cultured cells. The results of LLLT also vary according to the applied energy density and wavelengths to which the target cells are subjected. This review suggests that an energy density value of 0.5 to 4.0 J/cm(2) and a visible spectrum ranging from 600 to 700 nm of LLLT are very helpful in enhancing the proliferation rate of various cell lines. With the appropriate use of LLLT, the proliferation rate of cultured cells, including stem cells, can be increased, which would be very useful in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

Aviakosm Ekolog Med. 2009 May-Jun;43(3):60-4.

Infrared cold laser radiation as an antimutagen

[Article in Russian]

Shurygina IP, Belichenko NI, Mashkina EV, Pavlov NB, Bogacheva MA, Shkurat TP.


Effects of infrared cold laser radiation (IRCLR) on mutagenesis and proliferation of the corneal epithelium were studied with laboratory white mice subjected to instigated circulatory hypoxia of the brain. The experiment was to reveal whether IRCLR influences the frequency of chromosomal rearrangements and to allow calculation of the corneal cells mitotic index for circulatory brain hypoxia. Laser radiation was shown to reconstitute the normal frequency of chromosomal aberrations as well as the mitotic cycle in epithelial cells of the mice cornea. Data of the experiment are promising from the standpoint of antihypoxic use of IRCLR in ophthalmology.

Vestn Oftalmol. 2009 Mar-Apr;125(2):24-6.

Effect infrared low-intensity laser radiation on a mutation process and proliferative corneal activity in experimental hypoxia

[Article in Russian]

Shurygina IP, Galenkina NM, Shkurat TP.


The paper deals with the impact of infrared low-intensity laser radiation (IRLILR) on a mutation process and the proliferative activity of the animal cornea during stimulation of circulatory brain hypoxia. During an experiment on laboratory albino rats, IRLILR was studied for its impact on the level of chromosomal rearrangements and the mitotic index in the corneal cells was calculated in circulatory brain hypoxia. Laser exposure during stimulation of circulatory brain hypoxia favors normalization of the level of chromosomal aberrations and a mitotic cycle in the rat corneal epithelial cells. The experimental findings suggest that IRLILR may be used in ophthalmological care for antihypoxic purposes.

J Photochem Photobiol B. 2009 Feb 9;94(2):131-7. Epub 2008 Nov 21.

DNA damage after phototherapy in wounded fibroblast cells irradiated with 16 J/cm(2).

Mbene AB, Houreld NN, Abrahamse H.

Laser Research Group, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Johannesburg, P.O. Box 17011, Doornfontein, Johannesburg 2028, South Africa.


BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Phototherapy or biomodulation is a remarkable therapy that has become more popular and widely used in the treatment of a variety of medical conditions, such as slow to heal wounds, pain, soft tissue injuries and skin trauma. It has been shown to induce DNA damage; however this damage appears to be repairable. This study aimed to determine the effects of phototherapy induced DNA damage and activation of the DNA repair gene methylpurine DNA glycosylase (MPG).

MATERIALS AND METHODS: DNA integrity was assessed using the comet assay, with and without formamidopyrimidine glycosylase (Fpg). For the comet assay, wounded human skin fibroblast cells (WS1) were irradiated twice, once at 30 min and again at 72 h with 5 or 16 J/cm(2) using a diode laser at 636 nm and cellular responses were assessed 1 or 24h post-irradiation. Real time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assessed MPG expression and three reference genes namely; beta Actin (ACTB), Glyceraldehyde three phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) and Ubiquitin c (UBC). Wounded cells were irradiated once (30 min) with 16 J/cm(2), and MPG expression was assessed at 0, 3 and 8h post-laser irradiation.

RESULTS: At both 1 and 24h, wounded cells irradiated with 5 J/cm(2) showed insignificant DNA damage compared to control cells, while irradiation with 16 J/cm(2) showed significant damage. However, 24h post-irradiation these cells showed a significant decrease in damage compared to cells left to incubate for 1h. This observation was attributed to activation of DNA repair mechanisms. Real time RT-PCR showed that ACTB was not influenced by cell culture conditions or laser irradiation, and MPG expression was not detected.

CONCLUSION: In conclusion, irradiation with 5 J/cm(2) did not produce additional DNA damage, while damage to cells irradiated with 16 J/cm(2) was repairable by mechanisms other than MPG. This study also showed that ACTB can be used as a reference gene in laser experiments, using parameters set out in this study.

Used by permission of the Czech Society for the Use of Laser in Medicine, www.laserpartner.org


Low level laser therapy (LLLT) – Does it damage DNA?

K.O.Greulich, Inst. Mol. Biotech, Jena, D

e-mail: kog@imb-jena.de

Published jointly in Laser Partner and Laser World (www.laser.nu)


Low level laser therapy (LLLT) has been found beneficial in a wide variety of therapeutic applications (see for example 1). However, some concern has arisen on possible DNA damage. May it be possible that it benefits the patient only at a first glance but damages DNA and therefore increases the risk of therapy induced disease up to an increased cancer risk ?


What are the facts ? LLLT is usually performed with red (630 nm) or near infrared (830nm ) laser light. Typical accumulated doses per area are of the order of a few Joules per square centimeter. What an effect may such irradiation may have on DNA ? Unfortunately, most studies on the effects of radiation on DNA are performed with ionizing radiation (alpha, beta , gamma rays) or with UV light. There, DNA damage may be dramatic, although such studies have revealed a surprisingly strong DNA repair capacity of otherwise healthy human cells. Even when the overall integrity of a cell’s genome is seriously degraded, the damaged DNA can be repaired without directly detectable consequences (although long term mutational damage cannot be completely excluded).

One efficient and comparably simple technique, requiring basically only a fluorescence microscope and a gel electrophoresis device, to study DNA damage and repair is “Single Cell Gel Electrophoresis” (SCGE). Cells are embedded in an electrophoresis gel, their cell nuclei are perforated chemically and subsequently an electric field is applied (2-5). Since under suitable physicochemical conditions DNA is negatively charged, it migrates towards the electrically positive side of the gel. In a given time, small DNA fragments migrate a long distance (10-20 micrometers), large molecules migrate a correspondingly shorter distance. Very large DNA molecules cannot leave the cell nucleus. When the DNA of a cell is undamaged, it remains in the nucleus, which appears in a microscope, after staining with a fluorescence dye, as a sphere, or two dimensionally as a circle. When part of the DNA is damaged, the latter migrates out of the nucleus.After staining, such a cell has the appearance of a comet with bright head and a tail whose length (or a more quantitative parameter called tail moment) is a measure for the degree of damage. Therefore, SCGE is also called the COMET assay.

Using this COMET assay, light induced DNA damage has been studied in the wavelength range from 308 nm (UV) to approx. 450 nm (blue) (6) . While at 308 nm (UV) 0.0001 Joules per square centimeter were sufficient to induce detectable DNA damage, 1 Joule per square centimeter was required at 450 nm. The damage declined exponentially with wavelength. When one extrapolates this to the wavelengths which are used for LLLT, one can estimate that at least a thousandfold dose for 630 nm and a millionfold dose for 830 nm would be required to induce DNA damage detectable by the COMET assay.  Probably the effects are even smaller, since in ref.6 a pulsed laser source was used, which often generates more damage than a corresponding continuous laser.

There is still the possibility that the COMET assay is just not sensitive enough to detect minor, but harmful DNA damages. However, one can compare the amount of radiation with that of sunlight. Bright sunlight has a power per area (=intensity) of 0.1345 Watts per square centimeter, which. after irradiation for only ten seconds, results in a dose per area of 1.345 Joule per square centimeter, comparable to what is used in LLLT, integrated over the whole spectral range. When one filters out a wavelength band of +/- 10 nm, Sun radiation for a few minutes is required to accumulate a few Joules per square centimeter. Such an irradiation is not generally supposed to cause disease. Since we are on the red side of the optical spectrum which, as mentioned above, is less DNA damaging than the average sunlight, we are on the safe side when we assume that the doses per area as they are used in LLLT correspond to the DNA damaging effects of a few minutes sunbath. If any DNA breaks are induced by such irradiation, they will be repaired immediately, otherwise even a short sunbath would cause mutations and finally cancer.

May that mean that LLLT does produce no effect at all, that everything is placebo effect ? Again, COMET assay experiments give a hint: when one first irradiates cells of the bacterium Escherichia coli (7) or human lymphocytes (8) with red (He-Ne) laser light (0.054 – 0.27 Joules per square centimeter) and then tries to damage DNA by UV irradiation, DNA fragmentation is much lower than without pre- irradiation with red light. An interpretation of this effect is that the pre-irradiation activates enzymes of the DNA repair machinery which immediately repairs possible UV damages. Since the effect is similar for cells as different as bacterial and mammalian cells one may conclude that it is evolutionarily conserved. In addition, these experiments indicate that low level laser illumination indeed can cause beneficial effects.

In conclusion, COMET assay experiments reveal possible therapeutic effects of LLLT but do not indicate a risk of DNA damage.


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Photomed Laser Surg. 2005 Aug;23(4):355-61.

Exact action spectra for cellular responses relevant to phototherapy

Karu TI, Kolyakov SF.

Institute of Laser and Information Technologies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Troitsk, Moscow Region, Russian Federation. tkaru@isan.troitsk.ru

OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present work is to analyze available action spectra for various biological responses of HeLa cells irradiated with monochromatic light of 580-860 nm. BACKGROUND DATA: Phototherapy (low-level laser therapy or photobiomodulation) is characterized by its ability to induce photobiological processes in cells. Exact action spectra are needed for determination of photoacceptors as well as for further investigations into cellular mechanisms of phototherapy. METHODS: Seven action spectra for the stimulation of DNA and RNA synthesis rate and cell adhesion to glass matrix are analyzed by curve fitting, followed by deconvolusion with Lorentzian fitting. Exact parameters of peak positions and bandwidths are presented. RESULTS: The peak positions are between 613.5 and 623.5 nm (in one spectrum, at 606 nm), in the red maximum. The far-red maximum has exact peak positions between 667.5 and 683.7 nm in different spectra. Two near infrared maxima have peak positions in the range 750.7-772.3 nm and 812.5-846.0 nm, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: In the wavelength range important for phototherapy (600-860 nm), there are four “active” regions, but peak positions are not exactly the same for all spectra.

Photomed Laser Surg. 2004 Dec;22(6):504-8.

Cell survival, DNA, and protein damage in B14 cells under low-intensity near-infrared (810 nm) laser irradiation.

Kujawa J, Zavodnik IB, Lapshina A, Labieniec M, Bryszewska M.

Department of Rehabilitation, Medical University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland.jkujawa@box43.gnet.p


OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to reveal the possible cytotoxic and genotoxic effects of low-intensity (200 mW) near-infrared (810 nm) laser irradiation, using B14 cell line.

BACKGROUND DATA: Laser therapy is widely used in biomedical treatment of many diseases, but the possible molecular mechanisms of laser actions remain unclear and the damaging effects of laser irradiation are still controversial. The side effects of laser therapy involve the generation of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species which in turn initiate lipid peroxidation, protein damage or DNA modification.

METHODS: B14 cells and suspension of human erythrocyte membranes were irradiated with near-infrared (810 nm) therapy laser at different radiant exposures (3.75-15.0 J/cm(2)) and light power (fluency rate) 200 mW at 22 degrees C. Laser induced cellular oxidative damage was measured in terms of cell survival, DNA damage, measured using the method of single cell gel electrophoresis (Comet assay), protein damage measured as protein carbonyls formation.

RESULTS: No substantial changes of cell survival under B14 cells irradiation at radiant exposures 3.75-11.25 J/cm(2) were observed. Similarly, neither considerable light-induced DNA damage or protein carbonyls accumulation was revealed. On the contrary, laser irradiation has led to decrease of cell protein carbonyl groups level in a dose-dependent manner. Additionally, using human red blood cell membranes as model membranes and biological oxidant HOCl we observed that laser irradiation resulted in a decrease of the level of membrane protein carbonyl groups accumulated under oxidative HOCl treatment.

CONCLUSIONS: We can conclude that laser irradiation used (810 nm, 200 mW, 3.75-11.25 J/cm(2)) did not produce any considerable cytotoxic or genotoxic effects in B14 cells. Moreover, laser irradiation reduced cellular protein damage (protein carbonyl groups) produced by biological oxidant HOCl.

Izv Akad Nauk Ser Biol. 2004 May-Jun;(3):280-93.

Regenerative capacity of muscle tissue and thymus state in irradiated rats exposed to long-term He-Ne laser radiation

[Article in Russian]

Buliakova NV, Azarova VS.


We studied the effect of He-Ne laser on regeneration of damaged gastrocnemius muscle in rats irradiated at 6 Gy in conditions of fractional laser energy spread (10 exposures, 3 min for each limb, within 30 days after the operation; 2-3 exposures weekly; 2.5-3.0 mW/cm2 power density; and 9.0-10.8 J/cm2 total dose per animal). Laser radiation stimulated regenerative activity of the skeletal muscle and favored a more even distribution of load on the thymus (a smooth decrease in its weight and slow aplasia). The level of chromosomal aberrations in the thymocytes demonstrated certain instability although remain.

Lasers Med Sci. 2001;16(3):213-7.

Stimulation of MCM3 gene expression in osteoblast by low level laser irradiation.

Yamamoto M, Tamura K, Hiratsuka K, Abiko Y.

Department of Biochemistry, Nihon University School of Dentistry at Matsudo, Chiba, Japan.


Biostimulatory effect of cell proliferation and bone formation by laser irradiation has been reported, however, very little is known about the molecular basis of mechanisms. We previously constructed the cDNA library of mouse osteoblastic cells (MC3T3-E1) which enhanced gene expression by laser irradiation using a subtracted gene cloning procedure. In the present study, we focused on a gene clone, designated as MCL-140, which exhibited the high homology of DNA sequence with mouse minichromosome maintenance (MCM) 3 gene. MCM3 is involved in the initiation of DNA replication as licensing factor in eukaryotic cells. Nucleotide sequence of MCL-140 insert was determined and assessed in the nucleic acid databases. The transcription level of MCL-140 was examined by Northern blot analysis. The DNA sequences of clone MCL-140 insert exhibited 96.2% homology with MCM 3 gene coding P1 protein. Higher MCM3 mRNA levels were observed in laser-irradiated cells compared to the levels in non-irradiated cells: furthermore, radiolabelled thymidine incorporation was increased by laser irradiation. These findings suggest that low-level laser irradiation may enhance DNA replication and play a role in stimulating proliferation of osteoblast through the enhancement of the MCM3 gene expression.

Radiat Environ Biophys. 2001 Mar;40(1):77-82.


He-Ne laser irradiation protects B-lymphoblasts from UVA-induced DNA damage.

Dube A, Bock C, Bauer E, Kohli R, Gupta PK, Greulich KO.

Biomedical Applications Section, Laser R & D, Block D, Center for Advanced Technology, Indore 452013, India. okdube@cat.ernet.in

The effect of He-Ne laser (632.8 nm) pre-irradiation on UVA (343 nm)-induced DNA damage in the human B-lymphoblast cell line NC37 was investigated using the comet assay. He-Ne laser pre-irradiation was observed to result in a dose-dependent decrease in UVA-induced DNA damage. This effect was also found to be dependent on the incubation period between He-Ne laser pre-irradiation and the UVA exposure. Whereas the control cells with a higher DNA damage point to an initial ability of faster repair, both the control and the He-Ne laser pre-irradiated cells subsequently show the same rate of DNA repair. The results suggest that He-Ne laser irradiation protect the cells from UVA-induced DNA damage primarily through an influence on processes that prevent an initial DNA damage.