Protection from Radiotherapy

Photomed Laser Surg. 2015 Sep;33(9):452-9. doi: 10.1089/pho.2015.3893.

Analysis of Radiomodulatory Effect of Low-Level Laser Irradiation by Clonogenic Survival Assay.

Djavid GE1, Goliaie B1, Nikoofar A2.
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11 Laboratory of Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics (IBB), University of Tehran , Tehran, Iran .
22 Radiotherapy Department, Firoozgar Hospital, Iran University of Medical Sciences . Tehran, Iran .
The aim of this study was to investigate the radiomoulatory effects of low-level laser irradiation (LLLI) in normal and cancer cells exposed to ionizing X-ray radiation on clonogenic survival assay.
LLLI does have radioprotective effects on normal tissue. LLLI can reduce the incidence of mucocutaneous complications of ionizing radiation. Few in vitro studies reported adaptive responses for LLLI to ionizing radiation in normal and cancer cells, particularly with respect to clonogenic cell survival assay.
Normal NIH 3T3 cells and cancer HeLa cells were irradiated with 685 and 830?nm LLLI at different energy densities prior to ionizing X-ray radiation. The survival fraction was determined after ionizing radiation (0, 2, 4, and 6?Gy). The values of the linear (?) and quadratic (?) parameters were calculated based on the clonogenic survival curves.
Clonogenic radiation survival assay showed that the application of LLLI at 685?nm prior to ionizing radiation could significantly inhibit clonogenic growth of HeLa cells compared with unirradiated HeLa cells. LLLI could also significantly increase the ? parameter of the linear quadratic (LQ) model. In contrast, application of LLLI at 830?nm could significantly protect NIH 3T3 cells against radiation and decreased ? parameter.
This study suggests that various physical parameters of LLLI can be diverse adaptive responses to ionizing radiation on normal and cancer cells.

Adv Gerontol. 2010;23(4):547-53.

Induced thymus aging: radiation model and application perspective for low intensive laser radiation.

[Article in Russian]
Sevost’ianova NN, Trofimov AV, Lin’kova NS, Poliakova VO, Kvetno? IM.


The influence of gamma-radiation on morphofunctional state of thymus is rather like as natural thymus aging. However gamma-radiation model of thymus aging widely used to investigate geroprotectors has many shortcomings and limitations. Gamma-radiation can induce irreversible changes in thymus very often. These changes are more intensive in comparison with changes, which can be observed at natural thymus aging. Low intensive laser radiation can not destroy structure of thymus and its effects are rather like as natural thymus aging in comparison with gamma-radiation effects. There are many parameters of low intensive laser radiation, which can be changed to improve morphofunctional thymus characteristics in aging model. Using low intensive laser radiation in thymus aging model can be very perspective for investigations of aging immune system.

Photomed Laser Surg. 2007 Jun;25(3):197-204.

Effect of laser therapy on bone tissue submitted to radiotherapy: experimental study in rats.

Da Cunha SS, Sarmento V, Ramalho LM, De Almeida D, Veeck EB, Da Costa NP, Mattos A, Marques AM, Gerbi M, Freitas AC.

Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.


OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of laser therapy (lambda = 780 nm) on bone tissue submitted to ionizing radiation.

BACKGROUND DATA: The biostimulation effect of laser in normal bone tissue has already been demonstrated successfully; however its effect on bone tissue submitted to radiotherapy has not yet been studied.

METHODS: Twenty-two Wistar rats were randomly divided into four groups: group I, control (n = 4), submitted only to radiotherapy; group II, laser starting 1 day prior to radiotherapy (n = 6); group III, laser started immediately after radiotherapy (n = 6); group IV, laser 4 weeks after radiotherapy (n = 6). The source of ionizing radiation used was Cobalt 60, which was applied in a single dose of 3000 cGy on the femur. The laser groups received seven applications with a 48-h interval in four points per session of DE = 4 J/cm(2), P = 40 mW, t = 100 sec, and beam diameter of 0.04 cm(2). All animals were killed 6 weeks after radiotherapy.

RESULTS: Clinical examination revealed cutaneous erosions on experimental groups (II, III, and IV) starting at the 6th week after radiotherapy. The radiographic findings showed higher bone density in groups II and IV (p < 0.05) compared to the control group. The results further showed an increase of bone marrow cells, and number of osteocytes and Haversian canals in experimental groups II and IV (p < 0.05). It was also found an increase of osteoblastic activity, in groups II, III, and IV (p < 0.05).

CONCLUSION: Laser therapy on bone tissue in rats presented a positive biostimulative effect, especially when applied before or 4 weeks after radiotherapy. However, the use of laser in the parameters above should be used with caution due to epithelial erosions.