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  1. Adjuvant photodynamic therapy in surgical management of cerebral tumors

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    Chen, Zong-Qian; Wu, Si-En; Zhu, Shu-Gan

    1993-03-01

    We have performed high dose photoradiation therapy in patients with cerebral tumors. Twenty-seven patients had gliomas, two had metastatic cancer of the brain, one had malignant meningioma. Hematoporphyrin derivative was administered intravenously. All patients underwent a craniotomy with a radical or partial excision of the tumor. There was no evidence of increased cerebral edema and other toxicity from the therapy, and all patients were discharged from the hospital within 15 days after surgery. On the basis of animal experiments our institute started using photodynamic therapy (PDT) as an adjuvant measure to the operative therapy in 30 cases of cerebral tumors. Ten of these patients were excluded from this group because of the short postoperative following time. Here, the details of our experiences are presented as follows: 106 of C6 type glioma cell strain were implanted into the frontal lobe of a Chinese hamster. Fourteen days later intracranial gliomas developed, which were larger than 4 mm in diameter, HpD in a dosage of 4 mg/kg was injected into the tail vein of the animals. The fluorescence was seen 5 minutes later. The diagnostic laser used was He-Ca (Hc-type 15A, made at Shanghai Laser Institute) with a wavelength of 441.6 nm, power of 30 mw. The fluorescence reached its peak point 24 hours later, and the normal tissue can be identified by the lack of fluorescence. Then, the tumor tissue was further radiated with an Ar laser (made in Nanjing Electronic Factory, type 360), pumped dye-laser (made in Changchun Optic Machinery Institute, type 901) with a wavelength of 630 nm, and an energy density of more than 200 Joules/cm2, which might get the tumor cells destroyed selectively. The effect of photoradiation may reach as deep as 4 - 7 mm into the brain tissue without cerebral edema or necrosis.

  2. Examples of adjuvant treatment enhancing the antitumor effect of photodynamic therapy

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    Korbelik, Mladen; Cecic, Ivana; Sun, Jinghai; Chaplin, David J.

    1999-07-01

    Strategies for improving the clinical efficacy of photodynamic therapy (PDT) in treatment of solid cancers include applications of different types of adjuvant treatments in addition to this modality that may result in superior therapeutic outcome. Examples of such an approach investigated using mouse tumor models are presented in this report. It is shown that the cures of PDT treated subcutaneous tumors can be substantially improved by adjuvant therapy with: metoclopramide (enhancement of cancer cell apoptosis), combretastatin A-4 (selective destruction of tumor neovasculature), Roussin's Black Salt (light activated tumor localized release of nitric oxide), or dendritic cell-based adoptive immunotherapy (immune rejection of treated tumor).

  3. Adjuvant photodynamic therapy (PDT) of the superficial bladder cancer

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    Sokolov, V. V.; Russakov, I. G.; Teplov, A. A.; Filonenko, E. V.; Ul'yanov, R. V.; Bystrov, A. A.

    2005-08-01

    Superficial transitional cell carcinoma represents 50 to 80% of newly diagnosed bladder cancer in various countries. Transurethral resection of the urinary bladder is the standard procedure for biopsy and treatment superficial bladder cancer. However recurrence tumors after transurethral resection alone is high enough (50-90%). Intravesical chemotherapy for prophylaxis after complete transurethral resection is reducing recurrence rate about 1 5%. Adjuvant intravesical Bacillus of Calmette and Guerin (BCG) is reducing recurrence rate about 30%, but frequency side effects of this therapy is very high. Purpose of this study is appreciate efficacy adjuvant PDT with photosensitizer Photogeme (Russia) of superficial bladder cancer for prophylaxis after complete transurethral resection. The follow up was from 3 to 63 months (27 months, on average). Sixty-five patients (75.6%) showed no recurrence. For the follow up period, the recurrence was revealed in 21 (24.4%) patient, in two of them it was progressing (one case of invasive growth and one case of remote metastases). Four cases of recurrence were revealed 4 months after the surgery. In other cases, the recurrence was diagnosed from 9 to 18 months.

  4. First experimental experience in adjuvant intraoperative photodynamic therapy (AIOPDT) in S117 sarcoma in mice

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    Winkler, Steffi; Prosst, Ruediger L.; Haase, Thomas; Flechtenmacher, Chr.; Stern, J.; Gahlen, Johannes

    2001-10-01

    The effectiveness of photodynamic therapy (PDT) as an adjuvant treatment for diverse malignant tumors has been investigated in numerous studies. The therapeutic success and extent of side effects of PDT is mainly determined by the applied photosensitizer (PS) and laser energy. Adjuvant intraoperative photodynamic therapy (AIOPDT) using the PS mTHPC (meso-Tetrahydroxyphenylchlorin) causes selective tumor cell death when combined with laser irradiation of a PS specific wavelength (652 nm). Our study proved AIOPDT as an efficient modality to significantly increase postoperative recurrence-free survival after R1/R2 resection of a subcutaneously implanted soft tissue sarcoma in mice. We used mTHPC in a dose of (0,3 mg/kg BW) and a laser light energy of 5 Joule (irradiation time: 50 seconds). First results showed an increase of postoperative recurrence-free survival (Median: 103 days) in 5 animals treated with AIOPDT compared to a control group of 7 animals (Median: 20 days). The tissue specific accumulation of mTHPC was determined by point spectrofluorometry and showed a 2.28 higher PS-accumulation in the tumor center, tumor bed (1.5) and overlying skin (3.8) compared to muscle tissue (1.0) as reference parameter. Our first experimental data recommend AIOPDT to be an efficient adjuvant method to prolonge recurrence-free survival after tumor resection.

  5. Macrophage-directed immunotherapy as adjuvant to photodynamic therapy of cancer.

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    Korbelik, M.; Naraparaju, V. R.; Yamamoto, N.

    1997-01-01

    The effect of Photofrin-based photodynamic therapy (PDT) and adjuvant treatment with serum vitamin D3-binding protein-derived macrophage-activating factor (DBPMAF) was examined using a mouse SCCVII tumour model (squamous cell carcinoma). The results show that DBPMAF can markedly enhance the curative effect of PDT. The most effective DBPMAF therapy consisted of a combination of intraperitoneal and peritumoral injections (50 and 0.5 ng kg-1 respectively) administered on days 0, 4, 8 and 12 after PDT. Used with a PDT treatment curative to 25% of the treated tumours, this DBPMAF regimen boosted the cures to 100%. The DBPMAF therapy alone showed no notable effect on the growth of SCCVII tumour. The PDT-induced immunosuppression, assessed by the evaluation of delayed-type contact hypersensitivity response in treated mice, was greatly reduced with the combined DBPMAF treatment. These observations suggest that the activation of macrophages in PDT-treated mice by adjuvant immunotherapy has a synergistic effect on tumour cures. As PDT not only reduces tumour burden but also induces inflammation, it is proposed that recruitment of the activated macrophages to the inflamed tumour lesions is the major factor for the complete eradication of tumours. PMID:9010027

  6. Enhancement of tumour response to photodynamic therapy by adjuvant mycobacterium cell-wall treatment.

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    Korbelik, M; Cecic, I

    1998-07-10

    Mycobacterium cell-wall extract (MCWE) is a potent non-specific immunostimulant that elicits a local inflammatory response associated with antitumour activity. Tumour-localized administration of MCWE has been examined as an adjuvant to photodynamic therapy (PDT) mediated by the photosensitizers Photofrin, benzoporphyrin derivative monoacid (BPD), metatetrahydroxyphenylchlorin (mTHPC), or zinc (II)-phthalocyanine (ZnPc). A single MCWE treatment, given immediately after light treatment of murine EMT6 tumours, potentiates the curative effect of PDT. A similar enhancement of tumour response to Photofrin-based PDT is obtained with the live Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine. Despite differences in the kinetics/intensity of damage induction to tumour microvasculature and other characteristics underlying the mechanism of antitumour activity of Photofrin, BPD, mTHPC and ZnPc, there appear to be no marked differences in the therapeutic benefit of adjuvant MCWE therapy combined with the PDT mediated by these various photosensitizers. This may be related to the fact that MCWE elicits a wide range of immunomodulatory effects that could amplify and sustain the inflammatory/immune responses triggered by PDT. The enhancement of inflammatory effector cell activity is indicated by the increased infiltration of neutrophils and other myeloid cells at the expense of malignant cells found in the MCWE plus mTHPC-based PDT treatment group compared to the PDT-only group. PMID:9757597

  7. Photodynamic Therapy

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    Dougherty, Thomas J.; Gomer, Charles J.; Henderson, Barbara W.; Jori, Giulio; Kessel, David; Korbelik, Mladen; Moan, Johan; Peng, Qian

    2015-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy involves administration of a tumor-localizing photosensitizing agent, which may require metabolic synthesis (i.e., a prodrug), followed by activation of the agent by light of a specific wavelength. This therapy results in a sequence of photochemical and photobiologic processes that cause irreversible photodamage to tumor tissues. Results from preclinical and clinical studies conducted worldwide over a 25-year period have established photodynamic therapy as a useful treatment approach for some cancers. Since 1993, regulatory approval for photodynamic therapy involving use of a partially purified, commercially available hematoporphyrin derivative compound (Photofrin®) in patients with early and advanced stage cancer of the lung, digestive tract, and genitourinary tract has been obtained in Canada, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Japan, and the United States. We have attempted to conduct and present a comprehensive review of this rapidly expanding field. Mechanisms of subcellular and tumor localization of photosensitizing agents, as well as of molecular, cellular, and tumor responses associated with photodynamic therapy, are discussed. Technical issues regarding light dosimetry are also considered. PMID:9637138

  8. Evaluation of monophosphoryl lipid A as an immune adjuvant for photodynamic therapy in a rat sarcoma model: preliminary results

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    Lucroy, Michael D.; Edwards, Benjamin F.; Griffey, Stephen M.; Madewell, Bruce R.

    1999-06-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a treatment option for several forms of human cancer, and like traditional chemotherapy and ionizing radiation therapy, PDT alone is not curative for some cases. Recent efforts have aimed at developing strategies for adjuvant therapy for PDT. Given the nature of PDT-mediated cell damage, immunotherapy is a promising adjuvant for long-term control of solid tumors. A candidate immune stimulant for use with PDT is monophosphoryl lipid A (MLA), a non-toxic fraction of the endotoxin molecule. The hypothesis is that adjuvant MLA immunotherapy with PDT will improve local tumor control and prevent growth of subsequently implanted tumor cells when compared to PDT alone. To date, no significant differences in circulating leukocyte populations or tumor infiltrating lymphocyte populations have been identified in 9L tumor-bearing F344 rats after systemic administrations of MLA. Likewise, no significant difference has been identified in local tumor control following PDT of 9L tumors with or without adjuvant MLA. Further results are pending.

  9. CpG oligodeoxynucleotide as immune adjuvant enhances photodynamic therapy response in murine metastatic breast cancer

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    Xia, Yumin; Gupta, Gaurav K.; Castano, Ana P.; Mroz, Pawel; Avci, Pinar; Hamblin, Michael R.

    2013-01-01

    Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in women. The side effects and complications following current breast cancer therapy can be devastating. Moreover, the prognosis in late stages of the diseases is usually poor. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a promising cancer treatment modality that is capable of both local tumor destruction and immune stimulation. However, treatment with PDT alone is often non-curative due to tumor-induced immune cell dysfunction and immune suppression. This phenomenon has motivated a new approach by combining immunostimulants with PDT to enhance anti-tumor immunity. In the present study, we investigated PDT mediated by verteporfin and 690 nm light delivered 15 min later, in combination with an immunomodulation approach using CpG oligodeoxynucleotide for the treatment of 4T1 metastatic breast cancer in a BALB/c immunocompetent mouse model. In vitro, CpG primed immature dendritic cells (DC) via toll like receptor 9 to phagocytose PDT killed tumor cells leading to DC maturation and activation. Peritumoral injection of CpG after PDT in mice gave improved local tumor control and a survival advantage compared to either treatment alone (p < 0.05). CpG may be a valuable dendritic cell targeted immunoadjuvant to combine with PDT. PMID:23922221

  10. Photodynamic Therapy

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    ... ointments containing ferrous or cobalt ions and using hydrogen peroxide on the treated area to improve PDT ... Increased cutaneous oxygen availability by topical application of hydrogen peroxide cream enhances the photodynamic reaction to topical ...

  11. Indocyanine green (ICG) as a new adjuvant for the antimicrobial photo-dynamic therapy (aPDT) in dentistry

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    Meister, Joerg; Hopp, Michael; Schäfers, Johannes; Verbeek, Jonas; Kraus, Dominik; Frentzen, Matthias

    2014-02-01

    Clinical surveys show a continuous increase of antimicrobial resistance related to the frequency of the administrated medication. The antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT) is an effective adjuvant to reduce the need of antibiotics in dentistry, especially in periodontics. The antimicrobial effect of lightactivated photosensitizers in periodontics is demonstrated in clinical studies and case reports. Indocyanine green (ICG) as a new adjuvant shows the high potential of antiphlogistic and antimicrobial effects in combination with laser-light activation. In trying to answer the question of just how far the influence of temperature is acting on bacteria, this study was carried out. The influences of ICG at different concentrations (0.01 up to 1 mg/ml) in combination with a culture medium (brain-heart-infusion) and a bacteria culture (Streptococcus salivarius) at different optical densities (OD600 0.5 and 0.1) were investigated under laser-light activation. Laser activation was carried out with diode laser at 810 nm and two different power settings (100 mW/300 mW). The pulse repetition rate was 2 kHz. Taking account of the fiber diameter, distance and spot size on the sample surface, the applicated intensities were 6.2 and 18.7 W/cm2. Total irradiation time was 20 s for all meaurements. Transmitted laser power and temperature increase in the culture medium as well as in the bacteria culture were determined. Additionally the influence of ICG regarding bacterial growth and bactericidal effect was investigated in the bacteria culture without laser irradiation. Without laser, no bactericidal effect of ICG was observed. Only a bacteriostatic effect could be proved. In dependence of the ICG concentration and the applied intensities a temperature increase of ΔT up to 80°C was measured.

  12. Photodynamic therapy update.

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    Shuler, M F; Borrillo, J L; Ho, A C

    2001-06-01

    Photodynamic therapy uses a photoactivating agent to selectively treat choroidal neovascularization. In April 2000, the United States Food and Drug Administration approved verteporfin photodynamic therapy for the treatment of subfoveal, predominately classic, choroidal neovascularization caused by age-related macular degeneration. The treatment of choroidal neovascularization from other causes such as myopia, angioid streaks, and idiopathy, and presumed ocular histoplasmosis syndrome is still under investigation. Other photoactivating agents are being evaluated. Photodynamic therapy has been shown to halt the progression of visual loss in patients with age-related macular degeneration who have subfoveal predominately classic choroidal neovascularization. The socio-economic impact of verteporfin approval has yet to be determined. PMID:11389347

  13. Adjuvant intraoperative photodynamic therapy (AIOPDT) after photosensitization with mTHPC in a CC531 colon carcinoma model in mice

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    Winkler, Steffi; Prosst, Ruediger L.; Stern, Josef; Rheinwald, Markus; Haase, Thomas; Herfarth, Christian; Gahlen, Johannes

    2001-01-01

    The effectiveness of PDT as an adjuvant alternative therapy method for diverse malignant tumors has been investigated in numerous studies. The therapeutic benefit and extent of side effects is mainly determined by the applied photoactive substance. The second generation photosensitizer (PS) mTHPC is capable of causing selective tumor cell death in colon carcinoma when combined with laser irradiation of a PS specific wavelength. Our study revealed PDT with mTHPC as an efficient adjuvant intraoperative modality after R1/R2 resection of a subcutaneously implanted colon tumor. There was a significant increase of postoperative recurrence-free survival time using PDT compared to a control group in a colon cancer model in nude mice. The accumulation of the PS determined by point spectrometry showed a high tumor-selectivity in the tumor, tumor bed, and overlying skin compared to muscle tissue as reference parameter.

  14. Combination therapies in adjuvant with topical ALA-mediated photodynamic therapy for DMBA-induced hamster buccal pouch premalignant lesions

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    Yang, Deng-Fu; Hsu, Yih-Chih

    2012-03-01

    In Taiwan, oral cancer has becomes the fastest growth male cancer disease due to the betel nut chewing habit combing with smoking and alcohol-drinking lifestyle of people. In order to eliminate the systemic phototoxic effect of 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA), this study was designed to use a topical ALA-mediated PDT for treatment of DMBA-induced hamster buccal pouch precancerous lesions. DMBA was applied to one of the buccal pouches of hamsters thrice a week for 10 to 12 weeks. Cancerous lesions were induced and proven by histological examination. These DMBA-induced cancerous lesions were used for testing the efficacy of topical ALA-mediated PDT. Before PDT, fluorescence spectroscopy was used to determine when ALA reached its peak level in the lesional epithelial cells after topical application of ALA gel. We found that ALA reached its peak level in precancerous lesions about 2.5 hrs after topical application of ALA gel. The cancerous lesions in hamsters were then treated with topical ALA -mediated PDT with light exposure dose of 150 J/cm2 using LED 635 nm fiber-guided light device. Visual examination demonstrated that adjuvant topical ALA -mediated PDT group has shown better therapeutic results in compared to those of non-adjuvant topical ALA-mediated PDT group for DMBA-induced hamster buccal pouch precancerous lesions.

  15. Adjuvant photodynamic therapy (PDT) with photosensitizer photosens for superficial bladder cancer: experimental investigations to treat prostate cancer by PDT with photosens

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    Apolikhin, Oleg I.; Chernishov, Igor V.; Sivkov, Andrey V.; Altunin, Denis V.; Kuzmin, Sergey G.; Vorozhtsov, Georgy N.

    2007-07-01

    14 patients with transional-cell bladder cancer in stage T1N0M0G2 after transurethral bladder resection were offered adjuvant treatment with PDT. Adjuvant PDT was performed 1-1.5 months after transurethral bladder resection for superficial bladder cancer. Prior to PDT conventional and fluorescent cystoscopy were performed. In the absence of inflammation and after full epitalisation of postoperative wound a session of therapy was performed. 24 hours prior to PDT-session photosensitizer Photosens was injected intravenously in the dose of 0.8 mg per kg of body weight. Prior to PDT local anesthesia of urethra with lidocain-gel was performed. Cystoscopy was carried out. PDT was performed with diode laser "Biospec" (675 nm). During the session the place of standing diffuser and the volume of a bladder were controlled. After 7 months of observation no tumor recidivists were observed. Registered side effects were not life-threatened. 5 patients had pain or discomfort in suprapubic area, ceasing spontaneously or requiring administration of analgetics. No systemic side-effects or allergic reactions were observed. The method can be used in out-patient practice. Absence of early recidivists shows efficiency of PDT in the treatment of superficial bladder cancer. Further study is necessary to estimate optimal regimen of PDT. The further controlling of condition on the patients in this group is required. At the laboratory animals' experiment, we conducted the explorations devoted to the influence of the photodynamic effect at the prostate's tissues.

  16. Photodynamic therapy with fullerenes†

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    Mroz, Pawel; Tegos, George P.; Gali, Hariprasad; Wharton, Tim; Sarna, Tadeusz; Hamblin, Michael R.

    2010-01-01

    Fullerenes are a class of closed-cage nanomaterials made exclusively from carbon atoms. A great deal of attention has been focused on developing medical uses of these unique molecules especially when they are derivatized with functional groups to make them soluble and therefore able to interact with biological systems. Due to their extended ?-conjugation they absorb visible light, have a high triplet yield and can generate reactive oxygen species upon illumination, suggesting a possible role of fullerenes in photodynamic therapy. Depending on the functional groups introduced into the molecule, fullerenes can effectively photoinactivate either or both pathogenic microbial cells and malignant cancer cells. The mechanism appears to involve superoxide anion as well as singlet oxygen, and under the right conditions fullerenes may have advantages over clinically applied photosensitizers for mediating photodynamic therapy of certain diseases. PMID:17973044

  17. Photodynamic therapy for cancer

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    ... Cancer of the esophagus-photodynamic; Esophageal cancer-photodynamic; Lung cancer-photodynamic ... the light at the cancer cells. PDT treats cancer in the: Lungs, using a bronchoscope Esophagus, using upper endoscopy Doctors ...

  18. Nontumor photodynamic therapy

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    van den Bergh, Hubert

    1997-12-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has become an approved treatment for different types of cancer in many countries over the last few years. As an example one might mention PDT of the early stages of bronchial or esophageal cancer which have been treated with only about 20% recurrence being observed over several years of follow-up. The low degree of invasion of PDT, as compared to most alternative treatments as well as minimal sided effects, and good repeatability, all speak for this treatment modality. Improved and cheap screening procedures, that are now being developed for the early stage disease, will lead to a more frequent application of PDT for these indications. Detailed studies of PDT showed that certain dyes, after systematic or topical application, could be taken up more in neoplastic tissue as compared to the surrounding normal tissue in the clinical context, thus leading to 'selective' or at least partially selective destruction of the tumor following light application. This selectivity of uptake of certain compounds in hyperproliferative tissue, as well as the observation that PDT can lead to blood vessel stasis, suggested that photodynamic therapy might be worth trying in non-tumor disease. Some of the diseases associated with hyperproliferation and/or neovascularization which are being considered for PDT are listed in table I.

  19. Adjuvant endocrine therapy.

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    Rutqvist, Lars E

    2004-03-01

    Endocrine therapy remains a cornerstone of systemic therapy for breast cancer even though it was first introduced more than a century ago. In the past three decades a large number of randomized trials involving several tens of thousands of patients have been performed to determine the role of endocrine therapy in the adjuvant setting. The results of these studies indicate that hormonal therapy should be considered the standard adjuvant systemic treatment for the majority of patients with invasive breast cancer irrespective of age, menopausal status or tumour stage. This chapter aims to describe the "state of the art" relative to the use of adjuvant endocrine therapy with special focus on a number of salient issues, including: (i) the role of ovarian ablation and luteinising hormone releasing hormone (LHRH) analogues among pre-menopausal patients; (ii) optimal duration of tamoxifen; (iii) adjuvant therapy with third-generation, selective aromatase inhibitors; (iv) predictive biomarkers; (v) side-effects; (vi) combination endocrine therapy; (vii) future development of endocrine therapy. PMID:14687599

  20. Photodynamic therapy for companion animals with cancer.

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    Lucroy, Michael D

    2002-05-01

    Photodynamic therapy is an emerging form of cancer therapy in veterinary medicine, which capitalizes on a photochemical reaction to kill malignant cells. Photodynamic therapy has been used to successfully treat a variety of veterinary cancers, with documented efficacy similar to radiation therapy. However, equipment expense and availability of photosensitizer have limited the widespread use of photodynamic therapy by veterinarians. PMID:12064048

  1. Adjuvant Therapy of Melanoma.

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    Davar, Diwakar; Kirkwood, John M

    2016-01-01

    The incidence of melanoma is rapidly increasing, especially in younger female and older male patients. Recent fundamental advances in our knowledge of melanoma tumorigenesis have established roles for inhibitors of the MAPK pathway and regulatory immune checkpoints CTLA-4 and PD-1/PD-L1. However, the majority of patients continue to present with non-metastatic disease-typically managed with surgical resection and adjuvant therapy. High-dose IFN-α2b (HDI) is the main adjuvant therapeutic mainstay in high-risk disease following definitive resection. In this chapter, we review the evidence supporting the use of adjuvant HDI in high-risk melanoma. We also discuss some of the other treatment modalities that have been evaluated including vaccines, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. PMID:26601863

  2. Adjuvant Therapy for Melanoma

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    Davar, Diwakar; Tarhini, Ahmad A.

    2012-01-01

    Estimates from the U.S. Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) registry suggest that melanoma incidence will reach 70,230 in 2011, of which 8,790 will die. The rising incidence and predilection for young individuals makes this tumor a leading source of lost productive years in the society. High-dose interferon-?2b is the only agent approved for adjuvant therapy of melanoma; the improvement in relapse-free survival has been observed across nearly all published studies and meta-analyses. However toxicity affects compliance and current research is focusing upon biomarkers that may allow selection of patients with greater likelihood of response, and exploring new agents either singly or in combination that may improve upon the benefit of IFN. In this article, we review the data for the adjuvant therapy of malignant melanoma - focusing on the results obtained with various regimens testing the several formulations of interferon-?2, and the adjuvant studies of vaccines and radiotherapy. Recent advances in the treatment of metastatic disease have established a role for CTLA-4 blockade and BRAF-inhibition, and raising hopes that these agents may have a role in the adjuvant setting. At present, several trials investigating combinations of novel agents with existing immunomodulators are underway. PMID:22453021

  3. Photodynamic Therapy Of Cancer

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    Dougherty, Thomas J.

    1989-03-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has been used experimentally in cancer patients since 1976, with an estimated 3,000-4,000 patients treated world-wide, most since 1982. Phase III, comparative randomized clinical trials are under way for regulatory approval of Photofrin II, a purified version of hematoporphyrin derivative (Hpd). Several recent advances in both the clinical application of PDT and basic understanding of mechanisms are noteworthy. For example, it is now recognized that the photosensitizer undergoes photobleaching during treatment which may provide a therapeutic advantage in treatment. Clinical trials using lower drug doses seem to be consistent with this expectation. Advances in light delivery systems and dosimetry have also been achieved. It is now clear that in at least some experimental animal tumors, destruction of the vasculature system in both the tumor and surrounding normal tissue is necessary for 'cure', a process which may involve release of inflammatory and other factors. It is unclear if this is relevant to humans. Because of the problem of cutaneous photosensitivity and other factors, a search for other photo-sensitizers is being carried out by several groups, with early encouraging results being reported for certain phthalocyanines, purpurins and others.

  4. Photodynamic therapy for epilepsy

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    Zusman, Edie; Sidhu, Manpreet; Coon, Valerie; Scott, Nicholas; Bisland, Stuart; Tsukamoto, Tara

    2006-02-01

    Epilepsy is surgically curable if the seizure focus can be localized and does not include areas of eloquent cortex. Because epileptic cells are indistinct from surrounding brain, resection typically includes normal tissue. Using the rat kindling model of epilepsy, we evaluated Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) as a super-selective lesioning technique. We present a series of pilot studies to evaluate: 1) Protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) fluorescence, 2) the efficacy of PDT to raise seizure thresholds, 3) the safety of PDT using behavioral studies, and 4) histologic results. Bipolar electrodes were chronically implanted into the cortex and animals received successive low-level stimulation generating seizures of increasing severity. Following 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) administration, fully kindled rats received electrical stimulation to induce a generalized seizure. Animals were irradiated with laser light focused onto a temporal craniectomy. Our results show: 1) an increase in PpIX fluorescence in the seizure group, 2) PDT treated animals failed to demonstrate seizure activity following repeat stimulation, 3) no statistically significant difference between treated and control animals were observed on behavioral tests, 4) histology showed pyknotic hippocampal pyramidal cells in the CA3 region without areas of obvious necrosis. In conclusion, this is the first report of heightened PpIX-mediated fluorescence in epileptic brain. The selective accumulation of PpIX with laser PDT may provide a less invasive and more precise technique for obliteration of epileptic foci. PDT warrants additional research to determine if this technique may augment or replace existing procedures for the surgical management of epilepsy.

  5. Adjuvant Therapy: Melanoma

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    Davar, Diwakar; Tarhini, Ahmad; Kirkwood, John M.

    2011-01-01

    With an incidence that is increasing at 2–5% per year, cutaneous melanoma is an international scourge that disproportionately targets young individuals. Despite much research, the treatment of advanced disease is still quite challenging. Immunotherapy with high-dose interferon-?2b or interleukin-2 benefits a select group of patients in the adjuvant and metastatic settings, respectively, with significant attendant toxicity. Advances in the biology of malignant melanoma and the role of immunomodulatory therapy have produced advances that have stunned the field. In this paper, we review the data for the use of interferon-?2b in various dosing ranges, vaccine therapy, and the role of radiotherapy in the adjuvant setting for malignant melanoma. Recent trials in the metastatic setting using anticytoxic T-lymphocyte antigen-4 (anti-CTLA-4) monoclonal antibody therapy and BRAF inhibitor therapy have demonstrated clear benefit with prolongation of survival. Trials investigating combinations of these novel agents with existing immunomodulators are at present underway. PMID:22220281

  6. The biology of photodynamic therapy.

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    Moore, J V; West, C M; Whitehurst, C

    1997-05-01

    The subcellular, cellular and tissue/tumour interactions with non-toxic photosensitizing chemicals plus non-thermal visible light (photodynamic therapy (PDT) are reviewed. The extent to which endothelium/vasculature is the primary target is discussed, and the biochemical opportunities for manipulating outcome highlighted. The nature of tumour destruction by PDT lends itself to imaging outcome by MRI and PET. PMID:9172267

  7. Medical complex for photodynamic therapy

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    Soldatov, Anatoly N.; Domanov, Michail S.; Lyabin, Nikolay A.; Chursin, Alexandr D.; Mirza, Sergey Y.; Sukhanov, Viktor B.; Polunin, Yu. P.; Ivanov, Aleksandr I.; Kirilov, Anatoly E.; Rubanov, Sergey N.

    2002-03-01

    Experimental results of initial testing dye-laser 'MLK-02' pumped by a copper vapor laser 'Kulon-10' are presented. Output parameters obtained are the following: average power - 1 and 1.5 W, efficiency - 17.6 and 18.7% at the wavelengths of 670 and 725 nm, respectively. The laser apparatus is supposed to be used for methods of photodynamic therapy.

  8. Photodynamic therapy for basal cell carcinoma.

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    Fargnoli, Maria Concetta; Peris, Ketty

    2015-11-01

    Topical photodynamic therapy is an effective and safe noninvasive treatment for low-risk basal cell carcinoma, with the advantage of an excellent cosmetic outcome. Efficacy of photodynamic therapy in basal cell carcinoma is supported by substantial research and clinical trials. In this article, we review the procedure, indications and clinical evidences for the use of photodynamic therapy in the treatment of basal cell carcinoma. PMID:26550910

  9. Veterinary photodynamic therapy: a review.

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    Buchholz, Julia; Walt, Heinrich

    2013-12-01

    Whereas in human medicine photodynamic therapy represents a well-known and recognized treatment option for diverse indications, it is still little known and unfortunately not yet established treatment option for pets. Various photosensitizers and light sources have been used and clinical results have been published. The main indication is a frequently occurring skin tumor in cats: in situ carcinoma/squamous cell carcinoma, mainly found in not or only slightly pigmented areas of the head. For early stages of this tumor, promising results have been published, partly using new, selective drugs to decrease light sensitivity after systemic administration and to increase response rates. Other possible indications are urinary tract neoplasia of dogs and equine sarcoids, the latter representing very common tumors in horses where no effective treatment is known so far. This review article summarizes the role of photodynamic therapy in veterinary medicine. PMID:24284083

  10. More Adventures in Photodynamic Therapy

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    Kessel, David

    2015-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy is a procedure that can provide a selective eradication of neoplastic disease if sufficient drug, light, and oxygen are available. As this description suggests, it involves the photosensitization of malignant tissues to irradiation with photons in the visible range. While not suitable for tumors at unknown loci, it can be of use for eradication of cancer at surgical margins and therapy at sites where substantial surgery might otherwise be involved. Drug development has been delayed by several factors including the reluctance of major pharmaceutical firms in the United States to invest in this technology along with some unwise approaches in the past. PMID:26151850

  11. Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis using photodynamic therapy

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    Hendrich, Christian; Diddens, Heyke C.; Nosir, Hany R.; Siebert, Werner E.

    1995-03-01

    The only early therapy of rheumatoid arthritis in orthopedic surgery is a synovectomy, which is restricted to more or less big joints. A laser-synovectomy of small joints is ineffective yet. An alternative method may be photodynamic therapy. In our study we describe the photodynamic effect of Photosan 3 in a cell culture study.

  12. Phthalocyanine photodynamic therapy of experimental iris neovascularization.

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    Miller, J W; Stinson, W G; Gregory, W A; el-Koumy, H A; Puliafito, C A

    1991-11-01

    Photodynamic therapy using chloroaluminum sulfonated phthalocyanine (CASPc) effectively closed experimental iris neovascularization induced in 6 eyes of cynomolgus monkeys by argon laser retinal vein occlusion. Neovascularization was followed by iris photography, fluorescein angiography, and histopathologic examination by light and electron microscopy. Intravenous injection of CASPc followed by irradiation with 675 nm light damaged endothelial cells and pericytes, leading to exposure of the basal lamina and thrombotic occlusion of the blood vessels. Surrounding tissue appeared preserved without evidence of thermal damage. Resorption of occluded vessels by macrophages began 2 to 3 days after photodynamic therapy. Neovascularization reappeared 7 days after photodynamic therapy, probably representing growth of new vessels. Photodynamic therapy with CASPc may be a useful adjunct in the treatment of iris neovascularization. The model is useful in elucidating the ultrastructural changes observed after photodynamic therapy using phthalocyanines. PMID:1724793

  13. Augmentation of tumor immunity with ENHANZYN adjuvant following verteporfin PDT: photodynamic vaccination (PDV)

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    Curry, P. M.; Stewart, A. J.; Hardwicke, L.; Smits, Claire; North, John R.

    2001-07-01

    The immune system is implicated in the mechanism of tumor destruction following photodynamic therapy (PDT). Several investigators have shown that immune stimulation can augment PDT. In this study, a single intratumoral injection of ENHANZYNTM adjuvant was administered to tumor-bearing mice immediately following verteporfin PDT in a therapeutic modality referred to as Photodynamic Vaccination (PDV). After optimal PDT, little difference in the rate of tumor re-growth or time to tumor reappearance was seen upon addition of the adjuvant. This may be as expected as this treatment regimen results in effective long-term tumor cure in mice. The effect of adjuvant and sub-optimal PDT was less clear as both groups treated with either a high or low does of adjuvant showed tumor re-growth earlier than those animals treated with PDT alone. However, tumors of mice receiving sub-optimal PDT followed by high dose immune adjuvant did not show the rapid, uncontrolled growth seen in other groups and, in the majority of cases, tumor volume decreased steadily with time. This resulted in a superior period of survival despite the animals being tumor-bearing. Interestingly, the data obtained in this study clearly demonstrates the ability of PDT to protect against re- challenge with a second round of tumor implantation. This was seen in all groups and stresses the importance of the immune response in PDT tumor control. Addition of the high immune adjuvant does to sub-optimal PDT appeared to be the most effective treatment group in this respect, giving complete protection against tumor re-implantation.

  14. Combination Studies On Hyperthermia Induced By The Neodymium Yttrium Aluminum Garnet (Nd:YAG) Laser As An Adjuvant To Photodynamic Therapy

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    Mang, Thomas S.

    1988-02-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) and hyperthermia have been investigated as treatments for several types of tumors. Studies have been done to determine the efficacy of each modality individually and recently in combination with each other. In this study 630 nm light was delivered by an argon-dye laser and hyperthermia was induced using a Nd:YAG laser. Both lasers offer the ability of delivering the beams through a quartz fiberoptic alone or simultaneously. This present study examines (a) the efficacy of the simultaneous administration of PDT and selective hyperthermia at 44.5°C in tumor control; (b) the effect of hyperthermia and PDT + hyperthermia on tumor and normal tissue microcirculation; and (c) the toxicity in normal tissue of PDT, hyperthermia and the simultaneous administration of the two modalities. Hyperthermia alone (44.5°C, 30 min) resulted in complete destruction of tumors with no subsequent regrowth in 12% of the mice treated. PDT alone (5 mg/kg DHE; 135 J/cm2) resulted in a cure rate of approximately 30%, and the simultaneous treatment of the modalities resulted in a 65% cure rate after 6 weeks. These values are indicative of a synergistic interaction. This study also examined the toxic effects of hyperthermia and the combination therapy to normal tissues in mice. Direct organ exposures produced much greater tissue damage than whole abdomen exposures, as expected, although there was no resulting lethality. Necrosis to a small degree occurred in the spleen and pancreas with hyperthermia alone, while extensive necrosis occurred in all of the organs with the combination. The extent of damage caused, however, was no greater than that caused by PDT alone in most tissues examined. Fluorescein angiography shows a lack of response in the surrounding normal tissue microcirculation for hyperthermia only. The combination treatments, however, shut down the microcirculation within the treatment field.

  15. Photodynamic Diagnosis and Therapy of Cancer

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    Subiel, Anna

    2010-01-05

    This paper gives brief information about photodynamic method used in diagnosis and therapy for cancer and other human body disorders. In particular it concentrates on detection and analysis of fluorescent dye, i.e. protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) and its two-photon excitation (TPE) process, which offers photodynamic method many fascinating possibilities.

  16. Antimicrobial photodynamic therapy: An overview

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    Rajesh, S.; Koshi, Elizabeth; Philip, Koshi; Mohan, Aparna

    2011-01-01

    Inflammatory periodontal disease caused by dental plaque is characterized by the clinical signs of inflammation and loss of periodontal tissue support. The mechanical removal of this biofilm and adjunctive use of antibacterial disinfectants and antibiotics have been the conventional methods of periodontal therapy. But the removal of plaque and the reduction in the number of infectious organisms can be impaired in sites with difficult access. The possibility of development of resistance to antibiotics by the target organism has led to the development of a new antimicrobial concept with fewer complications. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) involves the use of low power lasers with appropriate wavelength to kill micro organisms treated with a photosensitizer drug. PDT could be a useful adjunct to mechanical as well as antibiotics in eliminating periopathogenic bacteria. PMID:22368354

  17. Immunological effects of photodynamic therapy

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    Logan, Patricia M.; Newton, Jo-anne; Richter, Anna M.; Yip, Stephen; Levy, Julia G.

    1990-07-01

    There are few reports in the literature regarding the effect that photodynamic therapy (PDT) might have on immune function. illumination of skin with light in the long UV range is well known to have immunosuppressive properties mediated by the amplification of a subpopulation of T suppressor cells1. However, PDT effected by light at between 600 and 700 nm and accompanied by an acute inflammatory response has not been studied in depth in terms of its influence on immune function. A few recent reports have documented suppression of immune function in the days immediately following PDTZ3. In one report, the cells responsible for this suppressive effect were characterized as a non-T cell population which were incapable of adoptively transferring the effect2. It is probable that the cells responsible for transient immunosupppression following PDT are activated macrophages, no doubt stimulated by the photodynamic effect and well known for their release ofprostaglandin E2 which is non-specifically immunosuppressive. On the other hand, there is anecdotal evidence from clinical studies attesting to what might be interpreted as immunological enhancement following PDT (infiltration of lymphocytes into inflammatory lesions), as well as reports of elevated levels of interleukin 2 (IL-2) in the urine of patients treated with PDT for bladder cancer'5. Some investigators have reported lymphokine involvement in photodynamically initiated lesions6. Recent work by Gomer and his associates have shown positive correlation with PDT and enhanced natural killer cell activity7 and have suggested that this could play a role in reduction of the metastatic potential of surviving tumor cells8.

  18. Vascular effect of photodynamic therapy

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    Fyodorov, Svyatoslav N.; Kopayeva, V. G.; Andreev, J. B.; Ponomarev, Gelii V.; Stranadko, Eugeny P.; Suchin, H. M.

    1996-01-01

    Vascular effect of PDT has been studied in patients with corneal vascularized leucomas (10 patients) and in patients with corneal neovascularized transplant (3 patients). For vascularized leucomas the method of photodynamic therapy consisted of the local injection of dimegin (deiteroporphyrin derivative) into the space of the newly-formed vessels under operating microscope (opton) with the microneedle (diameter 200 microns) and corneal irradiation by the operating microscope light. For corneal neovascularized transplant the injection of photogem (hematoporphyrin derivative) intravenously were made with subsequent irradiation by light of dye laser (5 hours after the injection) with light density of 150 mW/cm2 for 15 minutes. In all the cases at the time of irradiation the aggregated blood flow was appeared, followed by blood flow stasis. In postoperative period the vessels disintegrated into separate fragments which disappeared completely after 10 - 15 days. Taking into account the data of light microscopy, the disappearance of the vessels took place as a result of the vascular endothelium lisis along the vascular walls. Neovascularized cornea and newly-formed vessels in tumor stroms have much in common. The vessel alterations study presented in this paper, may serve to specify the mechanism of photodynamic destruction of neovascularized stroma of tumor.

  19. Photodynamic therapy of acne vulgaris.

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    Ershova, Ekaterina Y.; Karimova, Lubov N.; Kharnas, Sergey S.; Kuzmin, Sergey G.; Loschenov, Victor B.

    2003-06-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) with topical 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) was tested for the treatment of acne vulgaris. Patients with acne were treated with ALA plus red light. Ten percent water solution of ALA was applied with 1,5-2 h occlusion and then 18-45 J/cm2 630 nm light was given. Bacterial endogenous porphyrins fluorescence also was used for acne therapy. Treatment control and diagnostics was realized by fluorescence spectra and fluorescence image. Light sources and diagnostic systems were used: semiconductor laser (λ=630 nm, Pmax=1W), (LPhT-630-01-BIOSPEC); LED system for PDT and diagnostics with fluorescent imager (λ=635 nm, P=2W, p=50 mW/cm2), (UFPh-630-01-BIOSPEC); high sensitivity CCD video camera with narrow-band wavelength filter (central wavelength 630 nm); laser electronic spectrum analyzer for fluorescent diagnostics and photodynamic therapy monitoring (LESA-01-BIOSPEC). Protoporphyrin IX (PP IX) and endogenous porphyrins concentrations were measured by fluorescence at wavelength, correspondingly, 700 nm and 650 nm. It was shown that topical ALA is converted into PP IX in hair follicles, sebaceous glands and acne scars. The amount of resulting PP IX is sufficient for effective PDT. There was good clinical response and considerable clearance of acne lesion. ALA-PDT also had good cosmetic effect in treatment acne scars. PDT with ALA and red light assist in opening corked pores, destroying Propionibacterium acnes and decreasing sebum secretion. PDT treatment associated with several adverse effects: oedema and/or erytema for 3-5 days after PDT, epidermal exfoliation from 5th to 10th day and slight pigmentation during 1 month after PDT. ALA-PDT is effective for acne and can be used despite several side effects.

  20. Photodynamic Cancer Therapy - Recent Advances

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    Abrahamse, Heidi

    2011-09-22

    The basic principle of the photodynamic effect was discovered over a hundred years ago leading to the pioneering work on PDT in Europe. It was only during the 1980s, however, when 'photoradiation therapy' was investigated as a possible treatment modality for cancer. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a photochemotherapeutic process which requires the use of a photosensitizer (PS) that, upon entry into a cancer cell is targeted by laser irradiation to initiate a series of events that contribute to cell death. PSs are light-sensitive dyes activated by a light source at a specific wavelength and can be classified as first or second generation PSs based on its origin and synthetic pathway. The principle of PS activation lies in a photochemical reaction resulting from excitation of the PS producing singlet oxygen which in turn reacts and damages cell organelles and biomolecules required for cell function and ultimately leading to cell destruction. Several first and second generation PSs have been studied in several different cancer types in the quest to optimize treatment. PSs including haematoporphyrin derivative (HpD), aminolevulinic acid (ALA), chlorins, bacteriochlorins, phthalocyanines, naphthalocyanines, pheophorbiedes and purpurins all require selective uptake and retention by cancer cells prior to activation by a light source and subsequent cell death induction. Photodynamic diagnosis (PDD) is based on the fluorescence effect exhibited by PSs upon irradiation and is often used concurrently with PDT to detect and locate tumours. Both laser and light emitting diodes (LED) have been used for PDT depending on the location of the tumour. Internal cancers more often require the use of laser light delivery using fibre optics as delivery system while external PDT often make use of LEDs. Normal cells have a lower uptake of the PS in comparison to tumour cells, however the acute cytotoxic effect of the compound on the recovery rate of normal cells is not known. Subcellular localization of PS is of vital importance when cell death mechanism is identified. Programmed cell death (PCD) viz. apoptosis, necrosis and autophagy have all been identified as inducible cell death mechanisms during PDT. While apoptosis is probably the preferred cell death mechanism, understanding the molecular differences and identifying the cross-talk between these mechanisms are crucial to the development of new PSs aimed at improving the killing efficiency and overall effectiveness of PDT as a cancer treatment modality. This paper reviews the process of PDT cancer therapy, the available PSs, their effectiveness for different cancers as well as the cell death mechanisms identified during PDT of different cancers associated with specific PSs.

  1. Photodynamic therapy toward selective endometrial ablation

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    Tadir, Yona; Tromberg, Bruce J.; Krasieva, Tatiana B.; Berns, Michael W.

    1993-05-01

    Potential applications of photodynamic therapy for endometrial disease are discussed. Experimental models that may lead to diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis as well as selective endometrial ablation are summarized.

  2. Photodynamic therapy for esophageal cancer

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    Hatogai, Ken; Morimoto, Hiroyuki; Yoda, Yusuke; Kaneko, Kazuhiro

    2014-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a treatment that uses a photosensitizing drug that is administered to the patient, localized to a tumor, and then activated with a laser to induce a photochemical reaction to destroy the cell. PDT using porfimer sodium followed by excimer dye laser irradiation is approved as a curative treatment for superficial esophageal cancer in Japan. While endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) is currently more popular for esophageal cancer, there is evidence to support PDT as an alternative treatment and as a salvage treatment for local failure after chemoradiotherapy (CRT). A photosensitizing agent has also been developed that requires a shorter sun shade period after administration, and studies are currently underway to establish an esophageal cancer indication for this next-generation PDT in Japan. PMID:25333005

  3. Current Concepts in Gastrointestinal Photodynamic Therapy

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    Webber, John; Herman, Mark; Kessel, David; Fromm, David

    1999-01-01

    Objective To review current concepts of photodynamic therapy (PDT) applied to the treatment of tumors of the gastrointestinal tract. Summary Background Data PDT initially involves the uptake or production of a photosensitive compound by tumor cells. Subsequent activation of the photoreactive compound by a specific wavelength of light results in cell death, either directly or as a result of vascular compromise and/or apoptosis. Methods The authors selectively review current concepts relating to photosensitization, photoactivation, time of PDT application, tissue selectivity, sites of photodynamic action, PDT effects on normal tissue, limitations of PDT, toxicity of photosensitizers, application of principles of PDT to tumor detection, and current applications of PDT to tumors of the gastrointestinal tract. Results PDT is clearly effective for small cancers, but it is not yet clear in which cases such treatment is more effective than other currently acceptable approaches. The major side effect of PDT is cutaneous photosensitization. The major limitation of PDT is depth of tumor kill. As data from current and future clinical trials become available, a clearer perspective of where PDT fits in the treatment of cancers will be gained. Many issues regarding pharmacokinetic data of photosensitizers, newer technology involved in light sources, optimal treatment regimens that take advantage of the pharmacophysiology of photoablation, and light dosimetry still require solution. One can foresee application of differing sensitizers and light sources depending on the specific clinical situation. As technologic advances occur, interstitial PDT may have significant application. Conclusions PDT has a potentially important role either as a primary or adjuvant mode of treatment of tumors of the gastrointestinal tract. PMID:10400031

  4. New photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy.

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    Abrahamse, Heidi; Hamblin, Michael R

    2016-02-15

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) was discovered more than 100 years ago, and has since become a well-studied therapy for cancer and various non-malignant diseases including infections. PDT uses photosensitizers (PSs, non-toxic dyes) that are activated by absorption of visible light to initially form the excited singlet state, followed by transition to the long-lived excited triplet state. This triplet state can undergo photochemical reactions in the presence of oxygen to form reactive oxygen species (including singlet oxygen) that can destroy cancer cells, pathogenic microbes and unwanted tissue. The dual-specificity of PDT relies on accumulation of the PS in diseased tissue and also on localized light delivery. Tetrapyrrole structures such as porphyrins, chlorins, bacteriochlorins and phthalocyanines with appropriate functionalization have been widely investigated in PDT, and several compounds have received clinical approval. Other molecular structures including the synthetic dyes classes as phenothiazinium, squaraine and BODIPY (boron-dipyrromethene), transition metal complexes, and natural products such as hypericin, riboflavin and curcumin have been investigated. Targeted PDT uses PSs conjugated to antibodies, peptides, proteins and other ligands with specific cellular receptors. Nanotechnology has made a significant contribution to PDT, giving rise to approaches such as nanoparticle delivery, fullerene-based PSs, titania photocatalysis, and the use of upconverting nanoparticles to increase light penetration into tissue. Future directions include photochemical internalization, genetically encoded protein PSs, theranostics, two-photon absorption PDT, and sonodynamic therapy using ultrasound. PMID:26862179

  5. Can nanotechnology potentiate photodynamic therapy?

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    Huang, Ying-Ying; Sharma, Sulbha K.; Dai, Tianhong; Chung, Hoon; Yaroslavsky, Anastasia; Garcia-Diaz, Maria; Chang, Julie; Chiang, Long Y.

    2015-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) uses the combination of non-toxic dyes and harmless visible light to produce reactive oxygen species that can kill cancer cells and infectious microorganisms. Due to the tendency of most photosensitizers (PS) to be poorly soluble and to form nonphotoactive aggregates, drug-delivery vehicles have become of high importance. The nanotechnology revolution has provided many examples of nanoscale drug-delivery platforms that have been applied to PDT. These include liposomes, lipoplexes, nanoemulsions, micelles, polymer nanoparticles (degradable and nondegradable), and silica nanoparticles. In some cases (fullerenes and quantum dots), the actual nanoparticle itself is the PS. Targeting ligands such as antibodies and peptides can be used to increase specificity. Gold and silver nanoparticles can provide plasmonic enhancement of PDT. Two-photon excitation or optical upconversion can be used instead of one-photon excitation to increase tissue penetration at longer wavelengths. Finally, after sections on in vivo studies and nanotoxicology, we attempt to answer the title question, “can nano-technology potentiate PDT?” PMID:26361572

  6. Inorganic Nanoparticles for Photodynamic Therapy.

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    Colombeau, L; Acherar, S; Baros, F; Arnoux, P; Gazzali, A Mohd; Zaghdoudi, K; Toussaint, M; Vanderesse, R; Frochot, C

    2016-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a well-established technique employed to treat aged macular degeneration and certain types of cancer, or to kill microbes by using a photoactivatable molecule (a photosensitizer, PS) combined with light of an appropriate wavelength and oxygen. Many PSs are used against cancer but none of them are highly specific. Moreover, most are hydrophobic, so are poorly soluble in aqueous media. To improve both the transportation of the compounds and the selectivity of the treatment, nanoparticles (NPs) have been designed. Thanks to their small size, these can accumulate in a tumor because of the well-known enhanced permeability effect. By changing the composition of the nanoparticles it is also possible to achieve other goals, such as (1) targeting receptors that are over-expressed on tumoral cells or neovessels, (2) making them able to absorb two photons (upconversion or biphoton), and (3) improving singlet oxygen generation by the surface plasmon resonance effect (gold nanoparticles). In this chapter we describe recent developments with inorganic NPs in the PDT domain. Pertinent examples selected from the literature are used to illustrate advances in the field. We do not consider either polymeric nanoparticles or quantum dots, as these are developed in other chapters. PMID:26589507

  7. Functionalized fullerenes in photodynamic therapy.

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    Huang, Ying-Ying; Sharma, Sulbha K; Yin, Rui; Agrawal, Tanupriya; Chiang, Long Y; Hamblin, Michael R

    2014-09-01

    Since the discovery of C60 fullerene in 1985, scientists have been searching for biomedical applications of this most fascinating of molecules. The unique photophysical and photochemical properties of C60 suggested that the molecule would function well as a photosensitizer in photodynamic therapy (PDT). PDT uses the combination of non-toxic dyes and harmless visible light to produce reactive oxygen species that kill unwanted cells. However the extreme insolubility and hydrophobicity of pristine CO60, mandated that the cage be functionalized with chemical groups that provided water solubility and biological targeting ability. It has been found that cationic quaternary ammonium groups provide both these features, and this review covers work on the use of cationic fullerenes to mediate destruction of cancer cells and pathogenic microorganisms in vitro and describes the treatment of tumors and microbial infections in mouse models. The design, synthesis, and use of simple pyrrolidinium salts, more complex decacationic chains, and light-harvesting antennae that can be attached to C60, C70 and C84 cages are covered. In the case of bacterial wound infections mice can be saved from certain death by fullerene-mediated PDT. PMID:25544837

  8. Functionalized Fullerenes in Photodynamic Therapy

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    Huang, Ying-Ying; Sharma, Sulbha K.; Yin, Rui; Agrawal, Tanupriya; Chiang, Long Y.; Hamblin, Michael R.

    2014-01-01

    Since the discovery of C60 fullerene in 1985, scientists have been searching for biomedical applications of this most fascinating of molecules. The unique photophysical and photochemical properties of C60 suggested that the molecule would function well as a photosensitizer in photodynamic therapy (PDT). PDT uses the combination of non-toxic dyes and harmless visible light to produce reactive oxygen species that kill unwanted cells. However the extreme insolubility and hydrophobicity of pristine C60, mandated that the cage be functionalized with chemical groups that provided water solubility and biological targeting ability. It has been found that cationic quaternary ammonium groups provide both these features, and this review covers work on the use of cationic fullerenes to mediate destruction of cancer cells and pathogenic microorganisms in vitro and describes the treatment of tumors and microbial infections in mouse models. The design, synthesis, and use of simple pyrrolidinium salts, more complex decacationic chains, and light-harvesting antennae that can be attached to C60, C70 and C84 cages are covered. In the case of bacterial wound infections mice can be saved from certain death by fullerene-mediated PDT. PMID:25544837

  9. Adjuvant therapy in pancreatic cancer

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    Ghaneh, Paula; Slavin, John; Sutton, Robert; Hartley, Mark; Neoptolemos, John P

    2001-01-01

    The outlook for patients with pancreatic cancer has been grim. There have been major advances in the surgical treatment of pancreatic cancer, leading to a dramatic reduction in post-operative mortality from the development of high volume specialized centres. This stimulated the study of adjuvant and neoadjuvant treatments in pancreatic cancer including chemoradiotherapy and chemotherapy. Initial protocols have been based on the original but rather small GITSG study first reported in 1985. There have been two large European trials totalling over 600 patients (EORTC and ESPAC-1) that do not support the use of chemoradiation as adjuvant therapy. A second major finding from the ESPAC-1 trial (541 patients randomized) was some but not conclusive evidence for a survival benefit associated with chemotherapy. A third major finding from the ESPAC-1 trial was that the quality of life was not affected by the use of adjuvant treatments compared to surgery alone. The ESPAC-3 trial aims to assess the definitive use of adjuvant chemotherapy in a randomized controlled trial of 990 patients. PMID:11819814

  10. Photodynamic therapy of diseased bone

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    Bisland, Stuart K.; Yee, Albert; Siewerdsen, Jeffery; Wilson, Brian C.; Burch, Shane

    2005-08-01

    Objective: Photodynamic therapy (PDT) defines the oxygen-dependent reaction that occurs upon light-mediated activation of a photosensitizing compound, culminating in the generation of cytotoxic, reactive oxygen species, predominantly, singlet oxygen. We are investigating PDT treatment of diseased bone. Methods: Using a rat model of human breast cancer (MT-1)-derived bone metastasis we confirmed the efficacy of benzoporphyrin-derivative monoacid (BPD-MA)-PDT for treating metastatic lesions within vertebrae or long bones. Results: Light administration (150 J) 15 mins after BPDMA (2.5 mg/Kg, i.v.) into the lumbar (L3) vertebra of rats resulted in complete ablation of the tumour and surrounding bone marrow 48 hrs post-PDT without paralysis. Porcine vertebrae provided a model comparable to that of human for light propagation (at 150 J/cm) and PDT response (BPD-MA; 6 mg/m2, i.v.) in non-tumour vertebrae. Precise fibre placement was afforded by 3-D cone beam computed tomography. Average penetration depth of light was 0.16 +/- 0.04 cm, however, the necrotic/non-necrotic interface extended 0.6 cm out from the treatment fiber with an average incident fluence rate of 4.3 mW/cm2. Non-necrotic tissue damage was evident 2 cm out from the treatment fiber. Current studies involving BPD-MA-PDT treatment of primary osteosarcomas in the forelimbs of dogs are very promising. Magnetic resonance imaging 24 hr post treatment reveal well circumscribed margins of treatment that encompass the entire 3-4 cm lesion. Finally, we are also interested in using 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) mediated PDT to treat osteomyelitis. Response to therapy was monitored as changes in bioluminescence signal of staphylococcus aureus (SA)-derived biofilms grown onto 0.5 cm lengths of wire and subjected to ALA-PDT either in vitro or in vivo upon implant into the intramedullary space of rat tibia. Transcutaneous delivery of PDT (75 J/cm2) effectively eradicated SAbiofilms within bone. Conclusions: Results support the application of PDT to the treatment of primary or metastatic lesions within bone. Secondly, that ALA-PDT may be useful as a treatment for osteomyelitis. Further studies aim to optimize the parameters of delivering PDT into bone and explore imaging technologies that can be used for clinical PDT.

  11. Antimicrobial Photodynamic Inactivation and Photodynamic Therapy for Infections

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    Huang, Liyi; Dai, Tianhong; Hamblin, Michael R.

    2010-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) was initially discovered over 100 years ago by its ability to kill microorganisms, but its use to treat infections clinically has not been much developed. However, the present relentless increase in antibiotic resistance worldwide and the emergence of strains that are resistant to all known antibiotics has stimulated research into novel antimicrobial strategies such as PDT that are thought to be unlikely to lead to the development of resistance. In this chapter we will cover the use of PDT to kill pathogenic microbial cells in vitro and describe a mouse model of localized infection and its treatment by PDT without causing excessive damage to the host tissue. PMID:20552347

  12. Adventures in photodynamic therapy: 1976-2008

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    Kessel, David

    2010-01-01

    While the concept of photodynamic therapy dates from 1900, and there have been periodic re-discoveries, the clinical era really began with the studies by Dougherty and associates in the early 1970s. This report relates my encounter with the field of PDT, along with experimental approaches to the elucidation of pertinent phototoxic mechanisms. PMID:21037798

  13. Photodynamic therapy and cancer of the esophagus.

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    Marcon, N E

    1994-12-01

    Esophageal carcinoma usually is diagnosed at an advanced, incurable stage. In patients with good operative risk, surgery is still considered the ideal treatment. Patients with coexisting major medical conditions in whom resective surgery is precluded may benefit from several therapeutic options, including photodynamic therapy (PDT) with porfimer sodium (Photofrin; manufactured by Lederle Parenterals, Carolina, Puerto Rico, under license from Quadra Logic Technologies, Inc, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), dilation, thermal destruction, Nd:YAG laser ablation, injection therapy, and placement of prosthetic tubes. Photodynamic therapy with porfimer sodium is thought to have a direct toxic effect on malignant cells via the production of singlet oxygen, which damages the microvasculature of the tumor and renders it ischemic. The 630 nm wavelength used for clinical PDT exhibits the greatest relative degree of light penetration into tissue, with corresponding activation of retained photosensitizer. The efficacy of PDT with porfimer sodium is closely related to stage of disease. It should be emphasized that PDT has been shown to be potentially curative in patients with early, noninvasive tumors of both squamous and glandular (adenocarcinoma) histologies. Eighty-three patients with esophageal carcinoma were treated using PDT. At presentation, 60% of patients had recurrence following previous radiotherapy or chemotherapy. Patients with less advanced disease had a better response to PDT with regard to relief of dysphagia and prolongation of survival. Photodynamic therapy was found to be more useful than Nd:YAG laser therapy for high, upper third lesions, especially circumferential ones. For tumors larger than 8 cm, PDT was twice as effective as Nd:YAG laser therapy in establishing prolonged lumen patency, especially for adenocarcinomas. Photodynamic therapy appears to have the added advantages of fewer treatments and less pain. The role of PDT in gastrointestinal malignancies continues to evolve. PMID:7992103

  14. Photodynamic therapy for posterior capsule neovascularization.

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    Ayata, Ali; Unal, Melih; Er?anli, Dilaver; Gülecek, O?uz; Sönmez, Murat

    2007-06-01

    We report a 71-year-old man with posterior capsule opacification with severe neovascularization who was treated with photodynamic therapy and neodymium:YAG capsulotomy. Treatment was performed using a diode laser at 692 nm, a light dose of 50 J/cm(2), and 6 mg/m(2) body surface area verteporfin. The initial visual acuity was hand motions; 6 months after therapy, the visual acuity was stable at 20/200. In 9 months of follow-up, there was no recurrence of neovascularization and the pupil area remained clear; no retreatment was needed. Photodynamic therapy provided safe and effective occlusion of neovascular vessels in the posterior capsule area. PMID:17531717

  15. Photodynamic therapy for occluded biliary metal stents

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    Roche, Joseph V. E.; Krasner, Neville; Sturgess, R.

    1999-02-01

    In this abstract we describe the use of photodynamic therapy (PDT) to recanalize occluded biliary metal stents. In patients with jaundice secondary to obstructed metal stents PDT was carried out 72 hours after the administration of m THPC. Red laser light at 652 nm was delivered endoscopically at an energy intensity of 50 J/cm. A week later endoscopic retrograde cholangiogram showed complete recanalization of the metal stent.

  16. Photodynamic therapy for pododermatitis in penguins.

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    Sellera, Fábio Parra; Sabino, Caetano Padial; Ribeiro, Martha Simões; Fernandes, Loriê Tukamoto; Pogliani, Fabio Celidonio; Teixeira, Carlos Roberto; Dutra, Gustavo Henrique Pereira; Nascimento, Cristiane Lassálvia

    2014-01-01

    Pododermatitis is currently one of most frequent and important clinical complications in seabirds kept in captivity or in rehabilitation centers. In this study, five Magellanic penguins with previous pododermatitis lesions on their footpad were treated with photodynamic therapy (PDT). All PDT treated lesions successfully regressed and no recurrence was observed during the 6-month follow-up period. PDT seems to be an inexpensive and effective alternative treatment for pododermatitis in Magellanic penguins encouraging further research on this topic. PMID:24888264

  17. [Photodynamic therapy: non-oncologic indications].

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    Karrer, S; Szeimies, R-M

    2007-07-01

    While efficacy of topical photodynamic therapy (PDT) for the treatment of superficial non-melanoma skin cancer is already well-proven by several controlled clinical trials, there are only a few controlled studies showing efficacy of PDT for non-oncologic skin disorders. This report provides information on the use of PDT for inflammatory skin disorders, disorders of the pilosebaceous unit, infections of the skin, sclerotic skin diseases and cosmetic indications. PMID:17546432

  18. Retinoblastoma: might photodynamic therapy be an option?

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    Teixo, Ricardo; Laranjo, Mafalda; Abrantes, Ana Margarida; Brites, Gonçalo; Serra, Arménio; Proença, Rui; Botelho, Maria Filomena

    2015-12-01

    Retinoblastoma is a tumor that mainly affects children under 5 years, all over the world. The origin of these tumors is related with mutations in the RB1 gene, which may result from genetic alterations in cells of the germ line or in retinal somatic cells. In developing countries, the number of retinoblastoma-related deaths is higher due to less access to treatment, unlike what happens in developed countries where survival rates are higher. However, treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy, although quite effective in treating this type of cancer, do not avoid high indices of mortality due to secondary malignances which are quite frequent in these patients. Additionally, treatments such as cryotherapy, thermotherapy, thermochemotherapy, or brachytherapy represent other options for retinoblastoma. When all these approaches fail, enucleation is the last option. Photodynamic therapy might be considered as an alternative, particularly because of its non-mutagenic character. Photodynamic therapy is a treatment modality based on the administration of photosensitizing molecules that only upon irradiation of the tumor with a light source of appropriate wavelength are activated, triggering its antitumor action. This activity may be not only due to direct damage to tumor cells but also due to damage caused to the blood vessels responsible for the vascular supply of the tumor. Over the past decades, several in vitro and in vivo studies were conducted to assess the effectiveness of photodynamic therapy in the treatment of retinoblastoma, and very promising results were achieved. PMID:25579236

  19. Exploiting apoptosis in photodynamic therapy: is it possible?

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    Rendon, Cesar A.; Lilge, Lothar D.

    2003-06-01

    Glioblastoma Multiforme is the most common form of malignant brain tumors and accounts for approximately 25% of all primary brain tumors. Only 5% of these patients survive longer than 2 years. The standard form of treatment is radiation therapy and surgery if the site is accessible. Different forms of adjuvant chemotherapy have been largely proven unsuccessful. Another form of adjuvant therapy, Photodynamic Therapy (PDT), has undergone preliminary trials showing some promising results but at the cost of increased side effects like rise in intracranial blood pressure and neurological deficiency. Apoptotic cell kill used as a biological treatment endpoint can possibly ameliorate these side effects. This study evaluates the significance of apoptotic cell death in the 9L rat gliosarcoma using the aminolevulinic acid (ALA) induced endogenous photosensitizer Protophorphyrin IX (PpIX). A strong influence of drug incubation time with cell kill was observed. The percentage of apoptotic cell death was less than 10% for 2 and 4 hours incubation times and irradiation times ensuring up to 70 and 80% cell kill respectively. Accumulation of PpIX in the mitochondria and cytoplasm was quantified by confocal fluorescence microscopy showing a linear relationship of PpIX fluorescence with concentration. The possibility of an in vitro threshold in the PDT dose is discussed, above which cell repair mechanisms may become exhausted. In conclusion for the range of parameters investigated, apoptotic cell kill may be hard to exploit therapeutically in this tumor model.

  20. Photodynamic therapy of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia

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    Inada, Natalia M.; Lombardi, Welington; Leite, Marieli F. M.; Trujillo, Jose R.; Kurachi, Cristina; Bagnato, Vanderlei S.

    2014-03-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a technique that has been used for the treatment of tumors, especially in Gynecology. The photodynamic reaction is based on the production of reactive oxygen species after the activation of a photosensitizer. Advantages of the PDT in comparison to the surgical resection are: ambulatory treatment and tissue recovery highly satisfactory, through a non-invasive procedure. The cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) grades I and II presents potential indications for PDT. The aim of the proposed study is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the PDT for the diagnostics and treatment of CIN I and II. The equipment and the photosensitizer are produced in Brazil with a representative low cost. It is possible to visualize the fluorescence of the cervix and to treat the lesions, without side effects. The proposed clinical protocol shows great potential to become a public health technique.

  1. Photodynamic therapy: a review of applications in neurooncology and neuropathology

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    Uzdensky, Anatoly B.; Berezhnaya, Elena; Kovaleva, Vera; Neginskaya, Marya; Rudkovskii, Mikhail; Sharifulina, Svetlana

    2015-06-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) effect is a promising adjuvant modality for diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer. It is of importance that the bright fluorescence of most photosensitizers provides visualization of brain tumors. This is successfully used for fluorescence-guided tumor resection according to the principle "to see and to treat." Non-oncologic application of PDT effect for induction of photothrombotic infarct of the brain tissue is a well-controlled and reproducible stroke model, in which a local brain lesion is produced in the predetermined brain area. Since normal neurons and glial cells may also be damaged by PDT and this can lead to unwanted neurological consequences, PDT effects on normal neurons and glial cells should be comprehensively studied. We overviewed the current literature data on the PDT effect on a range of signaling and epigenetic proteins that control various cell functions, survival, necrosis, and apoptosis. We hypothesize that using cell-specific inhibitors or activators of some signaling proteins, one can selectively protect normal neurons and glia, and simultaneously exacerbate photodynamic damage of malignant gliomas.

  2. Nanoparticle Based Photodynamic Therapy for Cancer

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    Chen, Wei

    2006-10-01

    This presentation describes research into a new approach to cancer treatment through a combination of radiation and photodynamic therapy. Under this concept, scintillation or persistent luminescence nanoparticles with attached photosensitizers, such as porphyrins, are used as an in vivo agent for photodynamic therapy. The nanoparticle PDT agents are delivered to the treatment site. Upon exposure to ionizing radiation such as X-rays, the nanoparticles emit scintillation or luminescence, which in turn activates the photosensitizers; as a consequence, singlet oxygen (^1O2) is produced. Studies have shown that ^1O2 can be effective in killing cancer cells. The innovation described in this study involves the use of in vivo luminescent nanoparticles so that an external light source is not required to support PDT. Consequently, application of the therapy can be more localized and the potential of damage to healthy cells is reduced. This new modality will provide an efficient, low-cost approach to PDT while still offering the benefits of augmented radiation therapy at lower doses.

  3. Photodynamic therapy of cancer by photogem

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    Stranadko, Eugeny P.; Skobelkin, Oleg K.; Mironov, Andry E.

    1994-03-01

    The first experience of photodynamic therapy (PDT) in Russia is presented. Thirty-three patients have been treated by PDT since February 1992 with a photosensitizer from the hematoporphirine group -- Photogem. The follow-up results (5th - 18th months) have been controlled in all patients with skin cancer and basalioma, cancer of the tongue, lower lip and oral mucous, breast cancer, lung cancer and tumor of other locations. Positive effect has been observed in 30 patients (90.9%). Total regression of the tumor was seen in 16 patients (48.5%) and partial reduction -- in 14 cases (42.4%).

  4. Photodynamic therapy of early esophageal cancer.

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    Filonenko, Elena V; Sokolov, Victor V; Chissov, Valery I; Lukyanets, Evgeny A; Vorozhtsov, Georgy N

    2008-09-01

    In 1992-2006 at P.A. Hertsen Moscow Oncology Research Institute photodynamic therapy (PDT) was performed in 48 esophageal cancer patients (total 48 lesions). For PDT we used Russian photosensitizers (Photogem, Photosens, Radachlorin, Alasens), Russian diode lasers (Crystall) and endoscopic equipment. As a result of PDT complete regression was in 77% of esophageal cancer lesions, partial regression was in 23%. The follow-up period was 3-11 years. Median of survival was in 4.59 years of esophageal cancer patient. PMID:19356654

  5. Hormonal component of tumor photodynamic therapy response

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    Korbelik, Mladen; Merchant, Soroush

    2008-02-01

    The involvement of adrenal glucocorticoid hormones in the response of the treatment of solid tumors by photodynamic therapy (PDT) comes from the induction of acute phase response by this modality. This adrenal gland activity is orchestrated through the engagement of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal hormonal axis incited by stress signals emanating from the PDT-treated tumor. Glucocorticoid hormone activity engendered within the context of PDT-induced acute phase response performs multiple important functions; among other involvements they beget acute phase reactant production, systemic neutrophil mobilization, and control the production of inflammation-modulating and immunoregulatory proteins.

  6. Acceleration Of Wound Healing Ny Photodynamic Therapy

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    Hasan, Tayyaba; Hamblin, Michael R.; Trauner, Kenneth

    2000-08-22

    Disclosed is a method for accelerating wound healing in a mammal. The method includes identifying an unhealed wound site or partially-healed wound site in a mammal; administering a photosensitizer to the mammal; waiting for a time period wherein the photosensitizer reaches an effective tissue concentration at the wound site; and photoactivating the photosensitizer at the wound site. The dose of photodynamic therapy is selected to stimulate the production of one or more growth factor by cells at the wound site, without causing tissue destruction.

  7. Flexible textile light diffuser for photodynamic therapy

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    Selm, Barbel; Camenzind, Martin

    2005-03-01

    In this article a new medical application is introduced using textile production techniques to deliver a defined radiation dose. The advantage for photodynamic therapy (PDT) is that a flat luminous textile structure can homogeneously illuminate unequal body surfaces. The optical properties of this two-dimensional luminous pad are characterized with a set of bench-scale tests. In vitro investigations on petri dishes with cultivated cells and first clinical tests on animal patients are promising. In addition first measurement results are presented together with an outlook to future developments.

  8. Drug Carrier for Photodynamic Cancer Therapy.

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    Debele, Tilahun Ayane; Peng, Sydney; Tsai, Hsieh-Chih

    2015-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a non-invasive combinatorial therapeutic modality using light, photosensitizer (PS), and oxygen used for the treatment of cancer and other diseases. When PSs in cells are exposed to specific wavelengths of light, they are transformed from the singlet ground state (S₀) to an excited singlet state (S₁-Sn), followed by intersystem crossing to an excited triplet state (T₁). The energy transferred from T₁ to biological substrates and molecular oxygen, via type I and II reactions, generates reactive oxygen species, (¹O₂, H₂O₂, O₂*, HO*), which causes cellular damage that leads to tumor cell death through necrosis or apoptosis. The solubility, selectivity, and targeting of photosensitizers are important factors that must be considered in PDT. Nano-formulating PSs with organic and inorganic nanoparticles poses as potential strategy to satisfy the requirements of an ideal PDT system. In this review, we summarize several organic and inorganic PS carriers that have been studied to enhance the efficacy of photodynamic therapy against cancer. PMID:26389879

  9. Singlet oxygen dosimetry modeling for photodynamic therapy

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    Liang, Xing; Wang, Ken Kang-hsin; Zhu, Timothy C.

    2012-02-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an important treatment modality for cancer and other localized diseases. In addition to PDT dose, singlet oxygen (1O2) concentration is used as an explicit PDT dosimetry quantity, because 1O2 is the major cytotoxic agent in photodynamic therapy, and the reaction between 1O2 and tumor tissues/cells determines the treatment efficacy. 1O2 concentration can be obtained by the PDT model, which includes diffusion equation for the light transport in tissue and macroscopic kinetic equations for the generation of the singlet oxygen. This model was implemented using finite-element method (FEM) by COMSOL. In the kinetic equations, 5 photo-physiological parameters were determined explicitly to predict the generation of 1O2. The singlet oxygen concentration profile was calculated iteratively by comparing the model with the measurements based on mice experiments, to obtain the apparent reacted 1O2concentration as an explicit PDT dosimetry quantity. Two photosensitizers including Photofrin and BPD Verteporfin, were tested using this model to determine their photo-physiological parameters and the reacted 1O2 concentrations.

  10. Role of multidrug resistance in photodynamic therapy

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    Diddens, Heyke C.

    1992-06-01

    Multidrug resistance in cancer chemotherapy is a well established phenomenon. One of the most common phenotypical changes in acquired or intrinsic multidrug resistance in human tumor cells is the overexpression of the mdrl gene product P-glycoprotein, which acts as an active efflux pump. Increased levels of P-glycoprotein are associated with resistance to a variety of anticancer drugs commonly used in tumor chemotherapy like anthracyclins, vinca- alcaloids, epipodophyllotoxins or actinomycin D. We investigated the efficacy or photodynamic therapy in the treatment of tumor cells expressing the multidrug resistance phenotype. Our data show that multidrug resistant cells are highly cross resistant to the phototoxic stain rhodamine 123 but exhibit only low degrees of cross resistance (2 - 3 -folds) to the photosensitizers Photosan-3, Clorin-2, methylene blue and meso-tetra (4- sulfonatophenyl) porphine (TPPS4). Resistance is associated with a decrease in intracellular accumulation of the photosensitizer. Verapamil, a membrane active compound known to enhance drug sensitivity in multidrug resistant cells by inhibition of P-glycoprotein, also increases phototoxicity in multidrug resistant cells. Our results imply that tumors expressing the multidrug resistance phenotype might fail to respond to photochemotherapy with rhodamine 123. On the other hand, multidrug resistance may not play an important role in photodynamic therapy with Photosan-3, Chlorin-2, methylene blue or TPPS4.

  11. Drug Carrier for Photodynamic Cancer Therapy

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    Debele, Tilahun Ayane; Peng, Sydney; Tsai, Hsieh-Chih

    2015-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a non-invasive combinatorial therapeutic modality using light, photosensitizer (PS), and oxygen used for the treatment of cancer and other diseases. When PSs in cells are exposed to specific wavelengths of light, they are transformed from the singlet ground state (S0) to an excited singlet state (S1–Sn), followed by intersystem crossing to an excited triplet state (T1). The energy transferred from T1 to biological substrates and molecular oxygen, via type I and II reactions, generates reactive oxygen species, (1O2, H2O2, O2*, HO*), which causes cellular damage that leads to tumor cell death through necrosis or apoptosis. The solubility, selectivity, and targeting of photosensitizers are important factors that must be considered in PDT. Nano-formulating PSs with organic and inorganic nanoparticles poses as potential strategy to satisfy the requirements of an ideal PDT system. In this review, we summarize several organic and inorganic PS carriers that have been studied to enhance the efficacy of photodynamic therapy against cancer. PMID:26389879

  12. Immunological aspects of antitumor photodynamic therapy outcome

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    Muchowicz, Angelika; Demkow, Urszula

    2016-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) of cancer is an efficient and promising therapeutic modality approved for the treatment of several types of tumors and non-malignant diseases. It involves administration of a non-toxic photosensitizer followed by illumination of the tumor site with a harmless visible light. A light activated photosensitizer can transfer its energy directly to molecular oxygen, leading to production of highly toxic reactive oxygen species (ROS). Antitumor effects of PDT result from the combination of three independent mechanisms involving direct cytotoxicity to tumor cells, destruction of tumor vasculature and induction of the acute local inflammatory response. PDT-mediated inflammatory reaction is accompanied by tumor infiltration of the leukocytes, enhanced production of pro-inflammatory factors and cytokines. Photodynamic therapy is able to effectively stimulate both the innate and the adaptive arm of the immune system. In consequence, this regimen can lead to development of systemic and specific antitumor immune response. However, there are limited studies suggesting that under some specific circumstances, PDT on its own may exert some immunosuppressive effects leading to activation of immunosuppressive cells or cytokines production. In this report we briefly review all immunological aspects of PDT treatment. PMID:26862314

  13. Scope of photodynamic therapy in periodontics.

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    Kumar, Vivek; Sinha, Jolly; Verma, Neelu; Nayan, Kamal; Saimbi, C S; Tripathi, Amitandra K

    2015-01-01

    Periodontal disease results from inflammation of the supporting structure of the teeth and in response to chronic infection caused by various periodontopathic bacteria. The mechanical removal of this biofilm and adjunctive use of antibacterial disinfectants and antibiotics have been the conventional methods of periodontal therapy. However, the removal of plaque and the reduction in the number of infectious organisms can be impaired in sites with difficult access. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a powerful laser-initiated photochemical reaction, involving the use of a photoactive dye (photosensitizer) activated by light of a specific wavelength in the presence of oxygen. Application of PDT in periodontics such as pocket debridement, gingivitis, and aggressive periodontitis continue to evolve into a mature clinical treatment modality and is considered as a promising novel approach for eradicating pathogenic bacteria in periodontitis. PMID:26481895

  14. Photodynamic Therapy in Non-Gastrointestinal Thoracic Malignancies

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    Kidane, Biniam; Hirpara, Dhruvin; Yasufuku, Kazuhiro

    2016-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy has a role in the management of early and late thoracic malignancies. It can be used to facilitate minimally-invasive treatment of early endobronchial tumours and also to palliate obstructive and bleeding effects of advanced endobronchial tumours. Photodynamic therapy has been used as a means of downsizing tumours to allow for resection, as well as reducing the extent of resection necessary. It has also been used successfully for minimally-invasive management of local recurrences, which is especially valuable for patients who are not eligible for radiation therapy. Photodynamic therapy has also shown promising results in mesothelioma and pleural-based metastatic disease. As new generation photosensitizers are being developed and tested and methodological issues continue to be addressed, the role of photodynamic therapy in thoracic malignancies continues to evolve. PMID:26805818

  15. Photodynamic Therapy in Non-Gastrointestinal Thoracic Malignancies.

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    Kidane, Biniam; Hirpara, Dhruvin; Yasufuku, Kazuhiro

    2016-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy has a role in the management of early and late thoracic malignancies. It can be used to facilitate minimally-invasive treatment of early endobronchial tumours and also to palliate obstructive and bleeding effects of advanced endobronchial tumours. Photodynamic therapy has been used as a means of downsizing tumours to allow for resection, as well as reducing the extent of resection necessary. It has also been used successfully for minimally-invasive management of local recurrences, which is especially valuable for patients who are not eligible for radiation therapy. Photodynamic therapy has also shown promising results in mesothelioma and pleural-based metastatic disease. As new generation photosensitizers are being developed and tested and methodological issues continue to be addressed, the role of photodynamic therapy in thoracic malignancies continues to evolve. PMID:26805818

  16. Photonic metallic nanostructures in photodynamic therapy

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    Ion, Rodica-Mariana; Fierascu, R. C.; Dumitriu, Irina

    2009-01-01

    Plasmons are resonant modes that involve the interaction between free charges and light. Nanoparticle-based photonic explorers have been developed for photodynamic therapy (PDT). PDT has been widely used in both oncological (e.g., tumors) and nononcological (e.g., age-related macular degeneration, localized infection, and nonmalignant skin conditions) applications. Three primary components are involved in PDT: light, a photosensitizing drug, and oxygen. The photosensitizer adsorbs light energy, which it then transfers to molecular oxygen to create an activated form of oxygen called singlet oxygen. The singlet oxygen is a cytotoxic agent and reacts rapidly with cellular components to cause damage that ultimately leads to cell death and tumor destruction. The changed topography of the film surface after deposition is caused by a local material transport and a material separation between formed particles (probably AgNO3) and an embedding polymer matrix as chitosan. This paper focuses on the current use of injectable in situ Au/(Ag)/chitosan hydrogels in cancer photodynamic treatment. Formulation protocols for their cytotoxic properties, their effect on cell growth in vitro and inhibition of tumor growth in vivo using mouse models, are discussed.

  17. Photodynamic Cancer Therapy—Recent Advances

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    Abrahamse, Heidi

    2011-09-01

    The basic principle of the photodynamic effect was discovered over a hundred years ago leading to the pioneering work on PDT in Europe. It was only during the 1980s, however, when "photoradiation therapy" was investigated as a possible treatment modality for cancer. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a photochemotherapeutic process which requires the use of a photosensitizer (PS) that, upon entry into a cancer cell is targeted by laser irradiation to initiate a series of events that contribute to cell death. PSs are light-sensitive dyes activated by a light source at a specific wavelength and can be classified as first or second generation PSs based on its origin and synthetic pathway. The principle of PS activation lies in a photochemical reaction resulting from excitation of the PS producing singlet oxygen which in turn reacts and damages cell organelles and biomolecules required for cell function and ultimately leading to cell destruction. Several first and second generation PSs have been studied in several different cancer types in the quest to optimize treatment. PSs including haematoporphyrin derivative (HpD), aminolevulinic acid (ALA), chlorins, bacteriochlorins, phthalocyanines, naphthalocyanines, pheophorbiedes and purpurins all require selective uptake and retention by cancer cells prior to activation by a light source and subsequent cell death induction. Photodynamic diagnosis (PDD) is based on the fluorescence effect exhibited by PSs upon irradiation and is often used concurrently with PDT to detect and locate tumours. Both laser and light emitting diodes (LED) have been used for PDT depending on the location of the tumour. Internal cancers more often require the use of laser light delivery using fibre optics as delivery system while external PDT often make use of LEDs. Normal cells have a lower uptake of the PS in comparison to tumour cells, however the acute cytotoxic effect of the compound on the recovery rate of normal cells is not known. Subcellular localization of PS is of vital importance when cell death mechanism is identified. Programmed cell death (PCD) viz. apoptosis, necrosis and autophagy have all been identified as inducible cell death mechanisms during PDT. While apoptosis is probably the preferred cell death mechanism, understanding the molecular differences and identifying the cross-talk between these mechanisms are crucial to the development of new PSs aimed at improving the killing efficiency and overall effectiveness of PDT as a cancer treatment modality. This paper reviews the process of PDT cancer therapy, the available PSs, their effectiveness for different cancers as well as the cell death mechanisms identified during PDT of different cancers associated with specific PSs.

  18. Transoral robotic photodynamic therapy for the oropharynx.

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    Quon, Harry; Finlay, Jarod; Cengel, Keith; Zhu, Timothy; O'Malley, Bert; Weinstein, Gregory

    2011-03-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has been used for head and neck carcinomas with little experience in the oropharynx due to technical challenges in achieving adequate exposure. We present the case of a patient with a second right tonsil carcinoma following previous treatment with transoral robotic surgery (TORS) and postoperative chemoradiation for a left tonsil carcinoma. Repeat TORS for the right tonsil carcinoma reviewed multiple positive surgical margins. The power output from the robotic camera was modified to facilitate safe intraoperative three dimensional visualization of the tumor bed. The robotic arms facilitated clear exposure of the tonsil and tongue base with stable administration of the fluence. Real-time measurements confirmed stable photobleaching with augmentation of the prescribed light fluence secondary to light scatter in the oropharynx. We report a potential new role using TORS for exposure and accurate PDT in the oropharynx. PMID:21333937

  19. Monitoring photodynamic therapy with photoacoustic microscopy

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    Shao, Peng; Chapman, David W.; Moore, Ronald B.; Zemp, Roger J.

    2015-10-01

    We present our work on examining the feasibility of monitoring photodynamic therapy (PDT)-induced vasculature change with acoustic-resolution photoacoustic microscopy (PAM). Verteporfin, an FDA-approved photosensitizer for clinical PDT, was utilized. With a 60-μm-resolution PAM system, we demonstrated the capability of PAM to monitor PDT-induced vasculature variations in a chick chorioallantoic membrane model with topical application and in a rat ear with intravenous injection of the photosensitizer. We also showed oxygen saturation change in target blood vessels due to PDT. Success of the present approach may potentially lead to the application of PAM imaging in evaluating PDT efficacy, guiding treatment, and predicting responders from nonresponders.

  20. Photodynamic therapy: superficial and interstitial illumination

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    Svanberg, Katarina; Bendsoe, Niels; Axelsson, Johan; Andersson-Engels, Stefan; Svanberg, Sune

    2010-07-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is reviewed using the treatment of skin tumors as an example of superficial lesions and prostate cancer as an example of deep-lying lesions requiring interstitial intervention. These two applications are among the most commonly studied in oncological PDT, and illustrate well the different challenges facing the two modalities of PDT-superficial and interstitial. They thus serve as good examples to illustrate the entire field of PDT in oncology. PDT is discussed based on the Lund University group's over 20 yr of experience in the field. In particular, the interplay between optical diagnostics and dosimetry and the delivery of the therapeutic light dose are highlighted. An interactive multiple-fiber interstitial procedure to deliver the required therapeutic dose based on the assessment of light fluence rate and sensitizer concentration and oxygen level throughout the tumor is presented.

  1. Intraoperative photodynamic therapy for larynx carcinomas

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    Loukatch, Erwin V.; Latyshevska, Galina; Fekeshgazi, Ishtvan V.

    1995-05-01

    We made an experimental and clinical researches to examine Intraoperative Photodynamic Therapy (IPT) as a method to prevent the recidives of tumors. In experimental researches on models with radio-inducated fibrosarcomas and Erlich carcinomas of mice the best method of IPT was worked out. The therapeutic effect was studied also on patients with laryngeal cancer. In researches on C3H mice the antirecidive effect of IPT established with local administration of methylene blue and Ar-laser. We found that IPT (He-Ne laser combined with methylene blue administration) was endured by patients with laryngeal cancers without problems. We got good results of treatment 42 patients with laryngeal cancers with middle localization during three years with using IPT method. This can show the perspectives of using this method in treatment of other ENT-oncological diseases.

  2. PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY OF CANCER: AN UPDATE

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    Agostinis, Patrizia; Berg, Kristian; Cengel, Keith A.; Foster, Thomas H.; Girotti, Albert W.; Gollnick, Sandra O.; Hahn, Stephen M.; Hamblin, Michael R.; Juzeniene, Asta; Kessel, David; Korbelik, Mladen; Moan, Johan; Mroz, Pawel; Nowis, Dominika; Piette, Jacques; Wilson, Brian C.; Golab, Jakub

    2011-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a clinically approved, minimally invasive therapeutic procedure that can exert a selective cytotoxic activity toward malignant cells. The procedure involves administration of a photosensitizing agent followed by irradiation at a wavelength corresponding to an absorbance band of the sensitizer. In the presence of oxygen, a series of events lead to direct tumor cell death, damage to the microvasculature and induction of a local inflammatory reaction. Clinical studies revealed that PDT can be curative particularly in early-stage tumors. It can prolong survival in inoperable cancers and significantly improve quality of life. Minimal normal tissue toxicity, negligible systemic effects, greatly reduced long-term morbidity, lack of intrinsic or acquired resistance mechanisms, and excellent cosmetic as well as organ function-sparing effects of this treatment make it a valuable therapeutic option for combination treatments. With a number of recent technological improvements, PDT has the potential to become integrated into the mainstream of cancer treatment. PMID:21617154

  3. Photodynamic therapy for the treatment of folliculitis decalvans.

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    Castaño-Suárez, Esther; Romero-Maté, Alberto; Arias-Palomo, Dolores; Borbujo, Jesús

    2012-04-01

    Folliculitis decalvans is a chronic form of deep folliculitis that occurs on the scalp as patches of scarring alopecia at the expanding margins of which are follicular pustules. Treatment of folliculitis decalvans is extremely difficult with a resultant poor prognosis. Photodynamic therapy has been reported to be effective in disorders as acne or folliculitis. We report one patient with folliculitis decalvans who was successfully treated with photodynamic therapy. PMID:22409714

  4. Somatostatin Analogues for Receptor Targeted Photodynamic Therapy

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    Kaš?áková, Slávka; Hofland, Leo J.; De Bruijn, Henriette S.; Ye, Yunpeng; Achilefu, Samuel; van der Wansem, Katy; van der Ploeg-van den Heuvel, Angelique; van Koetsveld, Peter M.; Brugts, Michael P.; van der Lelij, Aart-Jan; Sterenborg, Henricus J. C. M.; ten Hagen, Timo L. M.; Robinson, Dominic J.; van Hagen, Martin P.

    2014-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an established treatment modality, used mainly for anticancer therapy that relies on the interaction of photosensitizer, light and oxygen. For the treatment of pathologies in certain anatomical sites, improved targeting of the photosensitizer is necessary to prevent damage to healthy tissue. We report on a novel dual approach of targeted PDT (vascular and cellular targeting) utilizing the expression of neuropeptide somatostatin receptor (sst2) on tumor and neovascular-endothelial cells. We synthesized two conjugates containing the somatostatin analogue [Tyr3]-octreotate and Chlorin e6 (Ce6): Ce6-K3-[Tyr3]-octreotate (1) and Ce6-[Tyr3]-octreotate-K3-[Tyr3]-octreotate (2). Investigation of the uptake and photodynamic activity of conjugates in-vitro in human erythroleukemic K562 cells showed that conjugation of [Tyr3]-octreotate with Ce6 in conjugate 1 enhances uptake (by a factor 2) in cells over-expressing sst2 compared to wild-type cells. Co-treatment with excess free Octreotide abrogated the phototoxicity of conjugate 1 indicative of a specific sst2-mediated effect. In contrast conjugate 2 showed no receptor-mediated effect due to its high hydrophobicity. When compared with un-conjugated Ce6, the PDT activity of conjugate 1 was lower. However, it showed higher photostability which may compensate for its lower phototoxicity. Intra-vital fluorescence pharmacokinetic studies of conjugate 1 in rat skin-fold observation chambers transplanted with sst2+ AR42J acinar pancreas tumors showed significantly different uptake profiles compared to free Ce6. Co-treatment with free Octreotide significantly reduced conjugate uptake in tumor tissue (by a factor 4) as well as in the chamber neo-vasculature. These results show that conjugate 1 might have potential as an in-vivo sst2 targeting photosensitizer conjugate. PMID:25111655

  5. Feasibility of chemiluminescence as photodynamic therapy dosimetor

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    Qin, Yanfang; Xing, Da; Zhong, Xueyun; Zhou, Jin; Luo, Shiming; Chen, Qun

    2006-09-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) utilizes light energy of a proper wavelength to activate a pre-administered photosensitizer in a target tissue to achieve a localized treatment effect. Current treatment protocol of photodynamic therapy (PDT) is defined by empirical values such as irradiation light fluence, fluence rate and the amount of administered photosensitizer. It is well known that Singlet oxygen is the most important cytotoxic agent responsible for PDT biological effects. An in situ monitoring of singlet oxygen production during PDT would provide a more accurate dosimeter for PDT. The presented study has investigated the feasibility of using Fhioresceinyl Cypridina Luciferin Analog (FCLA), a singlet oxygen specific chemiluminescence (CL) probe, as a dosimetric tool for PDT. Raji lymphoma cell suspensions were sensitized with Photofrin (R) of various concentrations and irradiated with 635 nm laser light at different fluence rates. FCLA-CL from singlet oxygen produced by the treatment was measured, in real time, with a photon multiplier tube (PMT) system, and linked to the cytotoxicity resulting from the treatment. We have observed that the CL intensity of FCLA is dependent on the PDT treatment parameters. After each PDT treatment and CL measurement, the irradiated cells were evaluated by MIT assay for their Viability. The results show that the cell viability is highly related to the accumulated CL. With 10 II quencher, we confirmed that the CL was mainly related to PDT produced 10 II The results suggest that the FCLA-CL system can be an effective means in measuring PDT 1O II production and may provide an alternative dosimetry technique for PDT.

  6. Sono-photodynamic combination therapy: a review on sensitizers.

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    Sadanala, Krishna Chaitanya; Chaturvedi, Pankaj Kumar; Seo, You Mi; Kim, Jeung Mo; Jo, Yong Sam; Lee, Yang Koo; Ahn, Woong Shick

    2014-09-01

    Cancer is characterized by the dysregulation of cell signaling pathways at several steps. The majority of current anticancer therapies involve the modulation of a single target. A tumor-targeting drug-delivery system consists of a tumor detection moiety and a cytotoxic material joined directly or through a suitable linker to form a conjugate. Photodynamic therapy has been used for more than 100 years to treat tumors. One of the present goals of photodynamic therapy research is to enhance the selective targeting of tumor cells in order to reduce the risk and extension of unwanted side-effects, caused by normal cell damage. Sonodynamic therapy is a promising new treatment for patients with cancer. It treats cancer with ultrasound and sonosensitive agents. Porphyrin compounds often serve as photosensitive and sonosensitive agents. The combination of these two methods makes cancer treatment more effective. The present review provides an overview of photodynamic therapy, sonodynamic therapy, sono-photodynamic therapy and the four sensitizers which are suitable candidates for combined sono-photodynamic therapy. PMID:25202041

  7. Recent patents on light based therapies: photodynamic therapy, photothermal therapy and photoimmunotherapy.

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    Sanchez-Barcelo, Emilio J; Mediavilla, Maria D

    2014-01-01

    This article reviews the more recent patents in three kinds of therapeutic strategies using the application of visible light to irradiate photosensible substances (PSs) of different natures. The light-activation of these PSs is directly responsible for the desired therapeutic effects. This group of light therapies includes photodynamic therapy (PDT), photothermal therapy (PTT) and photoimmunotherapy (PIT). Therapeutic mechanisms triggered by the activation of the PSs depend basically (though not exclusively) on the release of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and the activation of immune responses (PDT and PIT) or the local generation of heat (PTT). The main difference between PIT and PDT is that in PIT, monoclonal antibodies (MABs) are associated to PSs to improve the selective binding of the PSs to the target tissues. All these therapeutic strategies offer the possibility of destroying tumor tissue without damaging the surrounding healthy tissue, which is not achievable with chemotherapy or radiotherapy. PDT is also used as an alternative or adjuvant antimicrobial therapy together with the traditional antibiotic therapy since these organisms are unlikely to develop resistance to the ROS induced by PDT. Furthermore, PDT also induces an immune response against bacterial pathogens. The current challenge in PDT, PIT and PTT is to obtain the highest level of selectivity to act on targeted sick tissues with the minimum effects on the surrounding healthy tissue. The development of new PSs with high affinity for specific tissues, new PSs- MABs conjugates to bind to specific kinds of tumors, and new light-sensible nanoparticles with low toxicity, will increase the clinical utility of these therapies. PMID:24372346

  8. Curative effect of the recent photofrin photodynamic adjuvant treatment on young patients with advanced colorectal cancer

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    SUN, BO; LI, WEI; LIU, NING

    2016-01-01

    Advanced colorectal cancer has a high mortality rate and conventional treatments have poor therapeutic effects. The aim of the present study was to analyze the recent curative effect and adverse reaction of photofrin photodynamic adjuvant treatment on young patients with advanced colorectal cancer. A total of 23 patients with advanced colorectal cancer who had accepted semiconductor laser photodynamic adjuvant treatment were selected as the observation group. In addition, 30 patients who had accepted concurrent radiotherapy and chemotherapy during the same period served as the control group. The observation group received photofrin (2 mg/kg) intravenously in 100 ml of 5% glucose, followed by the introduction of the endoscopic optical fiber to deliver laser radiation with an intensity of 630 nm wavelength pulse power. After 2 days, necrotic tissues were removed and irradiation of the original or new tumor lesions was performed and necrotic tissues were removed. The total effective rate and survival time was higher and the length of hospital stay was shorter in the observation group in comparison with the control group. The differences were statistically significant (P<0.05). The number of patients in the control and observation groups with symptoms of hematochezia, change in bowel habit, intestinal stimulation and incomplete intestinal obstruction were reduced. Additionally, the reduced ratio of the observation group was significantly increased in comparison with the control group (P<0.05). The adverse reaction rate of the observation group was lower than that of the control group and this difference was also statistically significant (P<0.05). In conclusion, use of photodynamic treatment for young patients with advanced colorectal cancer can effectively improve the clinical symptoms and reduce complications.

  9. [PDT photodynamic therapy in orthopedic inflammatory conditions?].

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    Szlachta, Zbigniew; Frankiewicz, Andrzej; Sto?tny, Tomasz; Koczy, Bogdan; Spindel, Jerzy; Walentek, Tomasz; Siero?-Sto?tny, Karolina; Krawczyk-Krupka, Aleksandra; Siero?, Aleksander

    2006-01-01

    The infections in orthopedic surgery and traumatology represents important medical problem. The results of treatment of motor-organs infections in high degree were improved by the introduction of antisepsis and asepsis in XIX century and the antibiotics' discovery in the beginning of XX century. However, widespread usage of antibiotics leaded to the rise of refractory tribes of bacteria on their activity, which caused higher percentage of fails in the therapy. Also the rapid civilization development, which flown on arising of a new invasive methods of operative trauma protection and stabilizations of fractures in motor-organs area increased the number of infectious complications during treatment. These facts gave a reason to look for a more effective therapeutic methods. It seems that photodynamic therapy gives us the new possibilities of infectious treatment, which avails oneself activity of therapeutic light laser with proper wave length on the human tissue with photosensitizer included. Indeed there are known until now splendid results of PDT in neoplasma treatment, however it seems, based on experimental investigations and publications in medical literature, that this method can be a chance of effectual and non-invasive treatment of the soft tissues and bones inflammations. PMID:17133837

  10. Melanoma resistance to photodynamic therapy: new insights

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    Huang, Ying-Ying; Vecchio, Daniela; Avci, Pinar; Yin, Rui; Garcia-Diaz, Maria; Hamblin, Michael R.

    2012-01-01

    Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, with a steeply rising incidence and a poor prognosis in its advanced stages. Melanoma is highly resistant to traditional chemotherapy and radiotherapy, although modern targeted therapies such as BRAF inhibitors are showing some promise. Photodynamic therapy (PDT, the combination of photosensitizing dyes and visible light) has been tested for melanoma with some promising results, but melanoma is generally considered to also be resistant to PDT. Optical interference by the highly-pigmented melanin, the anti-oxidant effect of melanin, the sequestration of photosensitizers inside melanosomes, defects in apoptotic pathways, and the efflux of photosensitizers by ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters have all been implicated in melanoma resistance to PDT. Approaches to overcoming melanoma resistance to PDT include: the discovery of highly active photosensitizers absorbing in the 700–800-nm near infrared spectral region; interventions that can temporarily reduce the amount or the pigmentation of the melanin; compounds that can reverse apoptotic defects or inhibit drug-efflux of photosensitizers; and immunotherapy approaches that can take advantage of the ability of PDT to activate the host immune system to the treated tumor. PMID:23152406

  11. Combination immunotherapy and photodynamic therapy for cancer

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    Hamblin, Michael R.; Castano, Ana P.; Mroz, Pawel

    2006-02-01

    Cancer is a leading cause of death among modern people largely due to metastatic disease. The ideal cancer treatment should target both the primary tumor and the metastases with minimal toxicity towards normal tissue. This is best accomplished by priming the body's immune system to recognize the tumor antigens so that after the primary tumor is destroyed, distant metastases will also be eradicated. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) involves the IV administration of photosensitizers followed by illumination of the tumor with red light producing reactive oxygen species leading to vascular shutdown and tumor cell death. Anti-tumor immunity is stimulated after PDT due to the acute inflammatory response, generation of tumor-specific antigens, and induction of heat-shock proteins. Combination regimens using PDT and immunostimulating treatments are likely to even further enhance post-PDT immunity. These immunostimulants are likely to include products derived from pathogenic microorganisms that are effectively recognized by Toll-like receptors and lead to upregulation of transcription factors for cytokines and inflammatory mediators. The following cascade of events causes activation of macrophages, dendritic and natural killer cells. Exogenous cytokine administration can be another way to increase PDT-induced immunity as well as treatment with a low dose of cyclophosphamide that selectively reduces T-regulatory cells. Although so far these combination therapies have only been used in animal models, their use in clinical trials should receive careful consideration.

  12. Photodynamic therapy of malignant mesothelioma of pleura

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    Warloe, Trond; Heyerdahl, Helen; Peng, Qian; Hoie, J.; Normann, E.; Solheim, O.; Moan, Johan; Giercksky, Karl-Erik

    1995-03-01

    Nine patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma underwent extensive surgery followed by intra-operative photodynamic therapy. Two mg/kg Photofrin was given 48 hours prior to surgery. The thoracic cavity and eventual remaining lung were exposed to 15 - 30 Joules/cm2 of 630 nm laser light. Tumor tissue was analyzed by microscopic photometrical techniques. Five patients with mixed or epithelioid tumors with fluorescence intensity > 100 gray level/pixel seemed to benefit from the given therapy. One patient was free of disease 18 months after treatment. Two patients were treated for metastasis after 12 months with no sign of intrathoracic recurrence. Both are still alive, one without further sign of disease 32 months after initial treatment. Two patients presented generalized disease after 9 and 13 months and intrathoracic recurrence several months later. Two patients with poorly differentiated tumors and 2 patients with moderate to highly differentiated tumors, but with fluorescence intensity < 100 gray level/pixel, presented recurrences after 4 months. PDT-efficiency seems to be predicted by the intensity and distribution of drug-induced fluorescence in tumor tissue. PDT may enhance the possibility to achieve complete local tumor control after excision. Multimodal therapeutic approach of local and systemic disease seems mandatory to further improve survival.

  13. [Recent advance in adjuvant therapy for breast cancer].

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    Shimizu, Chikako; Watanabe, Toru

    2002-12-01

    Adjuvant systemic therapy has contributed to a significant improvement of disease-free and overall survival in addition to surgery and irradiation to the local disease. The adjuvant therapy to a patient is determined integrating the information on estimated risk of recurrence, benefit and harm of the therapy and the patient's value. In this review, the state of the art of adjuvant therapy is discussed from several aspects, such as interpretation and evaluation of risk, the best available evidences on adjuvant systemic therapy, the future direction of primary therapy for breast cancer, and patient-oriented decision making. PMID:12506467

  14. Pecularities of clinical photodynamic therapy of cancer

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    Stranadko, Eugeny P.; Skobelkin, Oleg K.; Litvin, Grigory D.; Astrakhankina, Tamara A.

    1996-01-01

    The analysis of the results of photodynamic therapy (PDT) for treating malignant neoplasms of the skin, mammary glands, tongue, oral mucous, lower lip, larynx, lungs, urinary bladder rectum and other locations has been made. During 1992 - 1995 478 tumoral foci in 125 patients have been treated with PDT. All patients were previously treated with conventional techniques without effect or they were not treated due to contraindications either because of severe accompanying diseases or because of old age. A part of the patients had PDT because of recurrences or intradermal metastases in 1 - 2 years after surgical, radial or combined treatment. Two home-made preparations were used as photosensitizers: Photohem (hematoporphyrine derivative) and Photosense (aluminum sulfonated phthalocyanine). Light sources were: the argon pumped dye laser (`Innova-200', `Coherent') and home-made laser devices: copper-vapor laser-pumped dye laser (`Yakhroma-2', Frjazino), gas-discharge unit `Ksenon' (wavelength 630 nm), gold-vapor laser (wavelength 627.8 nm) for Photohem; while for Photosense sessions we used solid-state laser on ittrium aluminate `Poljus-1' (wavelength 670 nm). Up to now we have follow-up control data within 2 months and 3 years. Positive effect of PDT was seen in 92% of patients including complete regression of tumors in 66.4% and partial in 25.6%. Currently, this new perspective technique of treating malignant neoplasms is successfully being used in Russia; new photosensitizers and light sources for PDT and fluorescent tumor diagnostics are being developed as well.

  15. Integrating spheres for improved skin photodynamic therapy.

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    Glennie, Diana L; Farrell, Thomas J; Hayward, Joseph E; Patterson, Michael S

    2010-01-01

    The prescribed radiant exposures for photodynamic therapy (PDT) of superficial skin cancers are chosen empirically to maximize the success of the treatment while minimizing adverse reactions for the majority of patients. They do not take into account the wide range of tissue optical properties for human skin, contributing to relatively low treatment success rates. Additionally, treatment times can be unnecessarily long for large treatment areas if the laser power is not sufficient. Both of these concerns can be addressed by the incorporation of an integrating sphere into the irradiation apparatus. The light fluence rate can be increased by as much as 100%, depending on the tissue optical properties. This improvement can be determined in advance of treatment by measuring the reflectance from the tissue through a side port on the integrating sphere, allowing for patient-specific treatment times. The sphere is also effective at improving beam flatness, and reducing the penumbra, creating a more uniform light field. The side port reflectance measurements are also related to the tissue transport albedo, enabling an approximation of the penetration depth, which is useful for real-time light dosimetry. PMID:21054127

  16. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) as a biological modifier

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    Obochi, Modestus; Tao, Jing-Song; Hunt, David W. C.; Levy, Julia G.

    1996-04-01

    The capacity of photosensitizers and light to ablate cancerous tissues and unwanted neovasculature constitutes the classical application of photodynamic therapy (PDT). Cell death results from either necrotic or apoptotic processes. The use of photosensitizers and light at doses which do not cause death has been found to affect changes in certain cell populations which profoundly effect their expression of cell surface molecules and secretion of cytokines, thereby altering the functional attributes of the treated cells. Cells of the immune system and the skin may be sensitive to modulation by 'sub-lethal PDT.' Ongoing studies have been conducted to assess, at the molecular level, changes in both lymphocytes and epidermal cells (EC) caused by treatment with low levels of benzoporphyrin derivative monoacid ring A (BPD) (a photosensitizer currently in clinical trials for cancer, psoriasis, endometriosis and age-related macular degeneration) and light. Treatment of skin with BPD and light, at levels which significantly enhanced the length of murine skin allograft acceptance, have been found to down-regulate the expression of Langerhans cell (LC) surface antigen molecules [major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II and intracellular adhesion molecule (ICAM)-1] and the formation of some cytokines (tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF- (alpha) ).

  17. Tissue temperature monitoring during interstitial photodynamic therapy

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    Svensson, Jenny; Johansson, Ann; Svanberg, Katarina; Andersson-Engels, Stefan

    2005-04-01

    During δ-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) based Interstitial Photodynamic Therapy (IPDT) a high light fluence rate is present close to the source fibers. This might induce an unintentional tissue temperature increase of importance for the treatment outcome. In a previous study, we have observed, that the absorption in the tissue increases during the treatment. A system to measure the local tissue temperature at the source fibers during IPDT on tissue phantoms is presented. The temperature was measured by acquiring the fluorescence from small Cr3+-doped crystals attached to the tip of the illumination fiber used in an IPDT-system. The fluorescence of the Alexandrite crystal used is temperature dependent. A ratio of the intensity of the fluorescence was formed between two different wavelength bands in the red region. The system was calibrated by immersing the fibers in an Intralipid solution placed in a temperature controlled oven. Measurements were then performed by placing the fibers interstitially in a pork chop as a tissue phantom. Measurements were also performed superficially on skin on a volunteer. A treatment was conducted for 10 minutes, and the fluorescence was measured each minute during the illumination. The fluorescence yielded the temperature at the fiber tip through the calibration curve. The measurements indicate a temperature increase of a few degrees during the simulated treatment.

  18. Photodynamic therapy of advanced malignant tumors

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    Wang, Lian-xing; Dai, Lu-pin; Lu, Wen-qin

    1993-03-01

    Forty patients with advanced tumors were treated by photodynamic therapy (PDT) from May 1991 to August 1991 in our hospital with age ranges from 30 to 81 years old. The pathological diagnosis shows that 13 had tumors in the colon, 3 in the stomach, 2 in the oesophageal, 2 in the palatum, 1 in the cervix, and 19 others with malignant cancers of the skin. The histology was as follows: squamous cell in 20, adenocarcinoma in 19, melanocarcinoma in 1. By TNM classification there were no cases of T1, 5 cases of T2, and 35 cases of T2 - T3. All patients were stage IV. The overall effective rate was 85%, our experience is that the PDT is suitable for the patients with advanced tumor, especially those whose tumor recurrences are hard to treat after conventional treatment (surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy). The PDT appears to be a new and promising possibility to treat advanced tumors and to improve the patients' survival rates.

  19. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) for lung cancer

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    Moghissi, K.; Dixon, Kate

    2005-11-01

    The Yorkshire Laser Centre has been engaged in Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) since 1990. In this article we present our experience highlighting the lesson learnt. 280 bronchoscopic PDT treatments have been carried out in 160 patients divided in 2 groups. Group A: (Nr 144) with advanced inoperable disease and Group E (Nr 16) with early stage cancer. PDT method was intravenous administration of 2mg/kg bw of Photofrin followed by bronchoscopic illumination of 630nm laser light. There was no procedure-related mortality. A total of 9 cases of photosensitivity (skin burn) occurred in the series (5.6% of patients). Every patient in both groups expressed their total satisfaction to treatment. Group A: Symptom relief was achieved in all. This was matched by improvement in significant bronchial opening (58.1%). Survival was 9.6 months (mean).This was greater in patients with better performance status and lower stage of disease. Group E: Every patient had a complete response to treatment. Survival in this group was 75.4 months (mean). We conclude that bronchoscopic PDT is indicated in both advanced and early stage lung cancer. In the former it provides symptomatic relief in all and survival benefit in some; in the latter it achieves long survival and potential cure.

  20. Photodynamic therapy of head and neck tumors

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    Vakoulovskaya, Elena G.; Shental, Victor V.; Abdoullin, N. A.; Kuvshinov, Yury P.; Tabolinovskaia, T. D.; Edinak, N. J.; Poddubny, Boris K.; Lioubaev, V. L.; Boikov, V. P.; Kondratjeva, T. T.; Meerovich, Gennadii A.; Stratonnikov, Alexander A.; Linkov, Kirill G.; Agafonov, Valery V.

    1996-12-01

    This paper deals with the results of stage 1 clinical trials for sulfated aluminum phthalocyanine (PHS) (Photosens, Russia) in 1994-1996. The results of photodynamic therapy (PDT) of head and neck tumors (HNT), side effects and ways of their correction and prevention, as well as changes in doses of injected photosensitizer (PS), regimes of light irradiation, choice of laser and type of irradiation (surface or interstitial) are discussed. PDT have been provided in 42 patients (93 tumor sites) with different head and neck tumors. Fluorescent diagnostics of tumor, accumulation of PS in tumor, adjacent tissue has been fulfilled. Total 78 PDT sessions have been done. As a source of light we used: quantoscope, solid laser, krypton laser, tunable dye laser, He-Ne-laser. In 38 tumor sites (21 patients) -- 40.8% -- we had clinical response, in 27 tumor sites (16 patients) -- 29.0% -- we had partial response, in 28 tumor sites (8 patients) -- 30.2% -- we had no response. Our experience shows pronounced efficacy of PDT for HNT, except of melanoma. Providing PDT twice with the interval 24 - 72 hours when retention of PS is sufficient for treatment, did additive effect to the tumor, but didn't increase adjacent tissue damage.

  1. Light emitting fabric technologies for photodynamic therapy.

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    Mordon, Serge; Cochrane, Cédric; Tylcz, Jean Baptiste; Betrouni, Nacim; Mortier, Laurent; Koncar, Vladan

    2015-03-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is considered to be a promising method for treating various types of cancer. A homogeneous and reproducible illumination during clinical PDT plays a determinant role in preventing under- or over-treatment. The development of flexible light sources would considerably improve the homogeneity of light delivery. The integration of optical fiber into flexible structures could offer an interesting alternative. This paper aims to describe different methods proposed to develop Side Emitting Optical Fibers (SEOF), and how these SEOF can be integrated in a flexible structure to improve light illumination of the skin during PDT. Four main techniques can be described: (i) light blanket integrating side-glowing optical fibers, (ii) light emitting panel composed of SEOF obtained by micro-perforations of the cladding, (iii) embroidery-based light emitting fabric, and (iv) woven-based light emitting fabric. Woven-based light emitting fabrics give the best performances: higher fluence rate, best homogeneity of light delivery, good flexibility. PMID:25481663

  2. Progress in photodynamic therapy on tumors

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    Tian, Y. Y.; Wang, L. L.; Wang, W.

    2008-10-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a promising treatment on neoplastic pathologic tissues, which involves the administration of a photosensitizing agent followed by the exposure of the tissue to visible nonthermal light. Light energy is captured and transferred to other molecules resulting in the formation of short-lived energetic species, which interact with biological systems and then produce tissue damage. Photosensitizer can be taken up selectively by tumor cells because of the upregulation of low-density lipoprotein receptor-mediated endocytosis and the acidic tumor environments. In recent years, the application of PDT in the treatment of malignant lesions has increased dramatically. The first health agency approval for PDT was granted for Photofrin in Canada in 1993, and, now, it is licensed in many countries for the treatment of cancers. Although Photofrin is the most commonly used photosensitizer, it has significant side effects. Therefore, major effort has been invested in the development of new sensitizers and, to this end, many photosensitizers have been described and some are now in clinical trials.

  3. Therapeutic and Aesthetic Uses of Photodynamic Therapy Part five of a five-part series

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    2009-01-01

    The use of 5-aminolevulinic acid–photodynamic therapy in clinical practice is an individual determination based on experiences learned from clinicians and from personal experience. This manuscript reviews how one clinician approaches patients interested in having photodynamic therapy. It covers all practical aspects of the treatment process and reviews how photodynamic therapy can be utilized in your clinical practice. PMID:20967186

  4. Photodynamic therapy: Biophysical mechanisms and molecular responses

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    Mitra, Soumya

    In photodynamic therapy (PDT), photochemical reactions induced by optical activation of sensitizer molecules cause destruction of the target tissue. In this thesis we present results of several related studies, which investigated the influence of photophysical properties and photobleaching mechanisms of sensitizers and oxygen-dependent tissue optical properties on PDT treatment efficacy. The bleaching mechanism of the sensitizer meso-tetra hydroxyphenyl chlorin (mTHPC) is examined indirectly using measurements of photochemical oxygen consumption during PDT irradiation of multicell tumor spheroids. Analysis of the results with a theoretical model of oxygen diffusion that incorporates the effects of sensitizer photobleaching shows that mTHPC is degraded via a singlet-oxygen (1O2)-mediated bleaching process. The analysis allows us to extract photophysical parameters of mTHPC which are used to account for its enhanced clinical photodynamic potency in comparison to that of Photofrin. Evaluation of the spatially-resolved fluorescence in confocal optical sections of intact spheroids during PDT irradiation allows for the direct experimental verification of mTHPC's 1O2-mediated bleaching mechanism. The technique is also used to investigate the complex bleaching kinetics of Photofrin. The results allow us to successfully reconcile apparently contradictory experimental observations and to confirm the predictions of a new theoretical model in which both 1O2 and excited triplet sensitizer molecules are allowed to contribute to photobleaching. Based on studies performed in tissue-simulating erythrocyte phantoms and in a murine tumor model in vivo, we present clinically relevant results which indicate that a shift toward increased hemoglobin-oxygen saturation due to improved tissue oxygenation reduces PDT treatment beam attenuation and may allow for more effective treatment of deeper lesions. Finally, we investigate the induction of the stress protein, heat shock protein 70 (HSP70), in response to mTHPC-PDT. The studies are performed using a murine tumor cell line transfected with a plasmid containing the gene for Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) under the control of an hsp70 promoter. We obtain increased levels of GFP fluorescence at a cellular level and in vivo in response to sub-lethal doses of mTHPC-PDT. These results demonstrate the potential of using fluorescent reporter proteins as biomarkers of PDT-induced oxidative stress.

  5. Mitochondria-targeting for improved photodynamic therapy

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    Ngen, Ethel J.

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an emerging cancer therapeutic modality, with great potential to selectively treat surface cancers, thus minimizing systemic side effects. In this dissertation, two approaches to deliver photosensitizers to mitochondria were investigated: 1) Reducing photosensitizer sizes to improve endocytosis and lysosomal localization. Upon irradiation the photosensitizers would then produce singlet oxygen which could rupture the lysosomal membrane releasing the lysosomally trapped photosensitizers to the cytosol, from where they could relocalize to mitochondria by passive diffusion (photochemical internalization). 2) Using delocalized lipophilic cationic dyes (DLCs) to exploit membrane potential differences between the cytoplasm and mitochondria in delivering photosensitizers to mitochondria. To investigate the effects of steric hindrance on mitochondrial localization and photodynamic response, a series of eight thiaporphyrins were studied. Two new thiaporphyrin analogues 6 and 8 with reduced steric hindrance at the 10- and 15- meso positions were studied in comparison to 5,20-diphenyl-10,15-bis[4 (carboxymethyleneoxy)-phenyl]-21,23-dithiaporphyrin 1, previously validated as a potential second generation photosensitizer. Although 6 showed an extraordinarily high uptake (7.6 times higher than 1), it was less potent than 1 (IC 50 = 0.18 muM versus 0.13 muM) even though they both showed similar sub-cellular localization patterns. This low potency was attributed to its high aggregation tendency in aqueous media (4 times higher than 1), which might have affected its ability to generate singlet oxygen in vitro . 8 on the other hand showed an even lower potency than 6 (2.28 vs 0.18 muM). However this was attributed to its low cellular uptake (20 times less than 6) and inefficient generation of singlet oxygen. Overall, although the structural modifications did improve the cellular uptake of 6, 6 was still less potent than the lead photosensitizers 1. Thus, other strategies to target mitochondria for improved photodynamic activity were investigated. In a continuing project, we evaluated the ability of delocalized lipophilic cationic dyes to deliver photosensitizers to mitochondria by exploiting the membrane potential difference between the cytoplasm and mitochondria. Two conjugates: a porphyrin--rhodamine B conjugate (TPP--Rh) and a porphyrin-acridine orange conjugate (TPP--AO), each possessing a single delocalized lipophilic cation, were designed and synthesized. The conjugates were synthesized by conjugating a monohydroxy porphyrin (TPP-OH) to rhodamine B (Rh B) and acridine orange base (AO), respectively, via saturated hydrocarbon linkers. To evaluate the efficiency of the conjugates as photosensitizers, their photophysical properties and in vitro photodynamic activities were studied in comparison to those of TPP-OH, the parent porphyrin photosensitizer. Although fluorescence energy transfer (FRET) was observed in the conjugates, they were capable of generating singlet oxygen at rates comparable to TPP-OH. In a final project, we evaluated the photophysical potential of TPP-Rh to act as a two-photon photosensitizer for PDT. Two-photon PDT is a rational approach used to improve light penetration through the skin. Rhodamine B is an effective two-photon chromophore and could significantly improve the two-photon absorption of the porphyrin photosensitizer in the TPP-Rh dyad system following energy transfer. Thus the porphyrin--rhodamine B dyad (TPP--Rh), previously demonstrated to preferentially accumulate in the mitochondria, was photophysically evaluated as a potential two-photon photosensitizer. To evaluate the efficiency of TPP-Rh as a two-photon photosensitizer, its two-photon photophysical properties were compared with those of its individual components (Rh B and TPP-OH). This included: the two-photon cross sections (sigma 2), RET kinetics and dynamics and rates of singlet oxygen generation. A FRET efficiency of ~99 % was observed from the Rh moiety (donor) to the TPP moiety (acceptor) of the system. This significantly enhanced the sigma 2 of TPP-Rh by ˜ 100 % (20 GM) compared to the parent TPP-OH. Furthermore, TPP-Rh produced singlet oxygen at a significantly faster rate than TPP-OH upon two-photon excitation. Thus, this indicates that conjugating photosensitizers to Rh B via short saturated hydrocarbon linkers could provide deeper tissue penetration, in addition to preferential mitochondrial accumulation for improved photodynamic response. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  6. Utility of adjuvant systemic therapy in melanoma

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    Eggermont, A. M. M.; Testori, A.; Marsden, J.; Hersey, P.; Quirt, I.; Petrella, T.; Gogas, H.; MacKie, R. M.; Hauschild, A.

    2009-01-01

    The lack of effective drugs in stage IV melanoma has impacted the effectiveness of adjuvant therapies in stage II/III disease. To date, chemotherapy, immunostimulants and vaccines have been used with minimal success. Interferon (IFN) has shown an effect on relapse-free survival (RFS) in several clinical trials; however, without a clinically significant effect on overall survival (OS). A recently conducted meta-analysis demonstrated prolongation of disease-free survival (DFS) in 7% and OS benefit in 3% of IFN-treated patients when compared with observation-only patients. There were no clear differences for the dose and duration of treatment observed. Observation is still an appropriate control arm in adjuvant clinical trials. Regional differences exist in Europe in the adjuvant use of IFN. In Northwest Europe, IFN is infrequently prescribed. In Central and Mediterranean Europe, dermatologists commonly prescribe low-dose IFN therapy for AJCC stage II and III disease. High-dose IFN regimens are not commonly used. The population of patients that may benefit from IFN needs to be further characterised, potentially by finding biomarkers that can predict response. Such studies are ongoing. PMID:19617295

  7. Polymeric Nanoparticles for Cancer Photodynamic Therapy.

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    Conte, Claudia; Maiolino, Sara; Pellosi, Diogo Silva; Miro, Agnese; Ungaro, Francesca; Quaglia, Fabiana

    2016-01-01

    In chemotherapy a fine balance between therapeutic and toxic effects needs to be found for each patient, adapting standard combination protocols each time. Nanotherapeutics has been introduced into clinical practice for treating tumors with the aim of improving the therapeutic outcome of conventional therapies and of alleviating their toxicity and overcoming multidrug resistance. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a clinically approved, minimally invasive procedure emerging in cancer treatment. It involves the administration of a photosensitizer (PS) which, under light irradiation and in the presence of molecular oxygen, produces cytotoxic species. Unfortunately, most PSs lack specificity for tumor cells and are poorly soluble in aqueous media, where they can form aggregates with low photoactivity. Nanotechnological approaches in PDT (nanoPDT) can offer a valid option to deliver PSs in the body and to solve at least some of these issues. Currently, polymeric nanoparticles (NPs) are emerging as nanoPDT system because their features (size, surface properties, and release rate) can be readily manipulated by selecting appropriate materials in a vast range of possible candidates commercially available and by synthesizing novel tailor-made materials. Delivery of PSs through NPs offers a great opportunity to overcome PDT drawbacks based on the concept that a nanocarrier can drive therapeutic concentrations of PS to the tumor cells without generating any harmful effect in non-target tissues. Furthermore, carriers for nanoPDT can surmount solubility issues and the tendency of PS to aggregate, which can severely affect photophysical, chemical, and biological properties. Finally, multimodal NPs carrying different drugs/bioactive species with complementary mechanisms of cancer cell killing and incorporating an imaging agent can be developed. In the following, we describe the principles of PDT use in cancer and the pillars of rational design of nanoPDT carriers dictated by tumor and PS features. Then we illustrate the main nanoPDT systems demonstrating potential in preclinical models together with emerging concepts for their advanced design. PMID:26589506

  8. Laser effect in photodynamic therapy of tumors

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    Ion, Rodica-Mariana; Brezoi, Dragos-Viorel; Neagu, Monica; Manda, Gina; Constantin, Carolina

    2007-03-01

    Photodynamic therapy is a method that provides a reasonable alternative to other treatment modalities for patients with certain cancers, and in some cases may be the preferred treatment. The therapy implies the intravenous administration of a light-sensitive substance, the photosensitizer. The used sensitizer must absorb at long wavelength. For these purposes, the carbon dioxide laser, He-Ne and the argon laser are particularly suitable. In this study we evaluate in vitro the cytotoxic activity of three synthesized metallo-phthalocyanines with absorption bands in the red part of the spectrum: zinc-di-sulphonated phthalocyanine (ZnS IIPc), zinc-tri-sulphonated phthalocyanine (ZnS 3Pc) and zinc-tetrasulphonated phthalocyanine (ZnS 4Pc). Some cellular models have been used in this paper, in order to optimize the conditions of this method, as we are presenting in this paper (LSR-SF(SR) - transplantable sarcoma in rat induced by Rous sarcoma virus strain Schmidt-Ruppin; LSCC-SF(Mc29) - transplantable chicken hepatoma induced by the myelocytomatosis virus Mc29, MCF-7 cell line (human breast adenocarcinoma) derived from a patient with metastatic breast cancer, 8-MG-BA - glioblastoma multiforme 8-MG-BA, K562 - lymphoblastic human cell line, LLC-WRC 256 - Walker epithelial carcinoma. Activation of these photosensitizers retained in the cancerous cells, by red light emitted from a He-Ne laser at ?= 632.8 nm laser system, or by a diode laser emitting at 672 nm, produces a photochemical reaction that results in the selective destruction of tumor cells.

  9. Graphene-based nanovehicles for photodynamic medical therapy

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    Li, Yan; Dong, Haiqing; Li, Yongyong; Shi, Donglu

    2015-01-01

    Graphene and its derivatives such as graphene oxide (GO) have been widely explored as promising drug delivery vehicles for improved cancer treatment. In this review, we focus on their applications in photodynamic therapy. The large specific surface area of GO facilitates efficient loading of the photosensitizers and biological molecules via various surface functional groups. By incorporation of targeting ligands or activatable agents responsive to specific biological stimulations, smart nanovehicles are established, enabling tumor-triggering release or tumor-selective accumulation of photosensitizer for effective therapy with minimum side effects. Graphene-based nanosystems have been shown to improve the stability, bioavailability, and photodynamic efficiency of organic photosensitizer molecules. They have also been shown to behave as electron sinks for enhanced visible-light photodynamic activities. Owing to its intrinsic near infrared absorption properties, GO can be designed to combine both photodynamic and photothermal hyperthermia for optimum therapeutic efficiency. Critical issues and future aspects of photodynamic therapy research are addressed in this review. PMID:25848263

  10. Mechanisms of Resistance to Photodynamic Therapy

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    Casas, Adriana; Di Venosa, Gabriela; Hasan, Tayyaba; Batlle, Alcira

    2013-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) involves the administration of a photosensitizer (PS) followed by illumination with visible light, leading to generation of reactive oxygen species. The mechanisms of resistance to PDT ascribed to the PS may be shared with the general mechanisms of drug resistance, and are related to altered drug uptake and efflux rates or altered intracellular trafficking. As a second step, an increased inactivation of oxygen reactive species is also associated to PDT resistance via antioxidant detoxifying enzymes and activation of heat shock proteins. Induction of stress response genes also occurs after PDT, resulting in modulation of proliferation, cell detachment and inducing survival pathways among other multiple extracellular signalling events. In addition, an increased repair of induced damage to proteins, membranes and occasionally to DNA may happen. PDT-induced tissue hypoxia as a result of vascular damage and photochemical oxygen consumption may also contribute to the appearance of resistant cells. The structure of the PS is believed to be a key point in the development of resistance, being probably related to its particular subcellular localization. Although most of the features have already been described for chemoresistance, in many cases, no cross-resistance between PDT and chemotherapy has been reported. These findings are in line with the enhancement of PDT efficacy by combination with chemotherapy. The study of cross resistance in cells with developed resistance against a particular PS challenged against other PS is also highly complex and comprises different mechanisms. In this review we will classify the different features observed in PDT resistance, leading to a comparison with the mechanisms most commonly found in chemo resistant cells. PMID:21568910

  11. Animal models for photodynamic therapy (PDT).

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    Silva, Zenildo Santos; Bussadori, Sandra Kalil; Fernandes, Kristianne Porta Santos; Huang, Ying-Ying; Hamblin, Michael R

    2015-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) employs non-toxic dyes called photosensitizers (PSs), which absorb visible light to give the excited singlet state, followed by the long-lived triplet state that can undergo photochemistry. In the presence of ambient oxygen, reactive oxygen species (ROS), such as singlet oxygen and hydroxyl radicals are formed that are able to kill cancer cells, inactivate microbial pathogens and destroy unwanted tissue. Although there are already several clinically approved PSs for various disease indications, many studies around the world are using animal models to investigate the further utility of PDT. The present review will cover the main groups of animal models that have been described in the literature. Cancer comprises the single biggest group of models including syngeneic mouse/rat tumours that can either be subcutaneous or orthotopic and allow the study of anti-tumour immune response; human tumours that need to be implanted in immunosuppressed hosts; carcinogen-induced tumours; and mice that have been genetically engineered to develop cancer (often by pathways similar to those in patients). Infections are the second biggest class of animal models and the anatomical sites include wounds, burns, oral cavity, ears, eyes, nose etc. Responsible pathogens can include Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. A smaller and diverse group of miscellaneous animal models have been reported that allow PDT to be tested in ophthalmology, atherosclerosis, atrial fibrillation, dermatology and wound healing. Successful studies using animal models of PDT are blazing the trail for tomorrow's clinical approvals. PMID:26415497

  12. Animal models for photodynamic therapy (PDT)

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    Silva, Zenildo Santos; Bussadori, Sandra Kalil; Fernandes, Kristianne Porta Santos; Huang, Ying-Ying; Hamblin, Michael R.

    2015-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) employs non-toxic dyes called photosensitizers (PSs), which absorb visible light to give the excited singlet state, followed by the long-lived triplet state that can undergo photochemistry. In the presence of ambient oxygen, reactive oxygen species (ROS), such as singlet oxygen and hydroxyl radicals are formed that are able to kill cancer cells, inactivate microbial pathogens and destroy unwanted tissue. Although there are already several clinically approved PSs for various disease indications, many studies around the world are using animal models to investigate the further utility of PDT. The present review will cover the main groups of animal models that have been described in the literature. Cancer comprises the single biggest group of models including syngeneic mouse/rat tumours that can either be subcutaneous or orthotopic and allow the study of anti-tumour immune response; human tumours that need to be implanted in immunosuppressed hosts; carcinogen-induced tumours; and mice that have been genetically engineered to develop cancer (often by pathways similar to those in patients). Infections are the second biggest class of animal models and the anatomical sites include wounds, burns, oral cavity, ears, eyes, nose etc. Responsible pathogens can include Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. A smaller and diverse group of miscellaneous animal models have been reported that allow PDT to be tested in ophthalmology, atherosclerosis, atrial fibrillation, dermatology and wound healing. Successful studies using animal models of PDT are blazing the trail for tomorrow's clinical approvals. PMID:26415497

  13. Melanoma and IFN alpha: potential adjuvant therapy.

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    Bottoni, U; Clerico, R; Paolino, G; Corsetti, P; Ambrifi, M; Brachini, A; Richetta, A; Nisticò, S; Pranteda, G; Calvieri, S

    2014-01-01

    Interferon alpha (IFNalpha) is the most used adjuvant treatment in clinical practice for melanoma (MEL) high-medium risk patients; however, the use of IFNalpha has yielded conflicting data on Overall Survival (OS) and disease free survival (DFS) rates. Starting from these considerations, we carried out an analysis on our MEL patients who received adjuvant IFNalpha therapy, in order to identify possible predictors for their outcome. A total of 140 patients were included in our analysis. Patients with Breslow thickness ?2.00 mm presented a significantly longer mean DFS than patients with Breslow ?2.01 mm (p = 0.01). Using non- parametric Spearman?s Coefficient test we found association between DFS and Breslow thickness (p < 0.001) and between DFS and ulceration (p = 0.03). Performing Multiple Regression test, Breslow thickness (p < 0.001) remained the only statistically significant predictor. From the OS analysis we found that patients with lower Breslow values ? 2.00 mm (p < 0.0001), and absence of ulceration (p <0.004) showed a significantly better long-term survival. From the current analysis we found that the use of low dose IFNalpha is justified only for cutaneous melanoma ? 4.01 mm that was not ulcerated; patients with Breslow ? 4.01 mm, in our opinion, should not carry out adjuvant treatment with low dose IFNalpha, because its side effects could be higher than the its benefits. PMID:25001659

  14. Photodynamic Therapy: The Sensitization of Cancer Cells to Light

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    Miller, Jennifer B.

    1999-05-01

    The most important step in preventing the spread of cancer is to kill the malignant cells. Photodynamic therapy, a promising, new approach for destroying malignant cells, takes advantage of light, oxygen, and a drug (photosensitizer) that preferentially localizes in rapidly growing cells (1-3). A photosensitizer is any molecule that uses radiant energy or light to elicit a specific response. The most well-researched photosensitizers of photodynamic therapy are hematoporphyrin derivative (Hpd) and its active component, Photofrin II (porfimer sodium). It has been known since the 1960s that Hpd, which is formed by acid catalyzed acetylation of hematoporphyrin (Figure 1) (1, 2, 4) and subsequent alkaline treatment, preferentially localizes in the tumors of mice and rats and can be detected by its fluorescence. At the same time, scientists found that Hpd has photodynamic activity-it can augment or induce a toxic reaction when exposed to light (4).

  15. Optical delivery and monitoring of photodynamic therapy of prostate cancer

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    Weersink, Robert A.; Bogaards, Arjun; Gertner, Mark; Davidson, Sean; Zhang, Kai; Netchev, George; Giewercer, David J.; Trachtenberg, John; Wilson, Brian C.

    2004-10-01

    Photodynamic therapy of recurrent prostate cancer is currently undergoing Phase II clinical trials with the vascular targeting drug TOOKAD. Proper PDT dosage requires sound estimates of the light fluence and drug concentration throughout the organ. The treatment requires multiple diffusing light delivery fibers placed in position according to a light dose treatment plan under ultrasound guidance. Fluence rate is monitored by multiple sensor fibers placed throughout the organ and in sensitive organs near the prostate. The combination of multiple light delivery and fluence sensor fibers is used to estimate the optical properties of the tissue and to provide a general fluence map throughout the organ. This fluence map is then used to estimate extent of photodynamic dose. Optical spectroscopy is used to monitor drug pharmacokinetics in the organ and blood hemodynamics within the organ. Further development of these delivery and monitoring techniques will permit full online monitoring of the treatment that will enable real-time patient-specific delivery of photodynamic therapy.

  16. Photodynamic therapy by in situ nonlinear photon conversion

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    Kachynski, A. V.; Pliss, A.; Kuzmin, A. N.; Ohulchanskyy, T. Y.; Baev, A.; Qu, J.; Prasad, P. N.

    2014-06-01

    In photodynamic therapy, light is absorbed by a therapy agent (photosensitizer) to generate reactive oxygen, which then locally kills diseased cells. Here, we report a new form of photodynamic therapy in which nonlinear optical interactions of near-infrared laser radiation with a biological medium in situ produce light that falls within the absorption band of the photosensitizer. The use of near-infrared radiation, followed by upconversion to visible or ultraviolet light, provides deep tissue penetration, thus overcoming a major hurdle in treatment. By modelling and experiment, we demonstrate activation of a known photosensitizer, chlorin e6, by in situ nonlinear optical upconversion of near-infrared laser radiation using second-harmonic generation in collagen and four-wave mixing, including coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering, produced by cellular biomolecules. The introduction of coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering/four-wave mixing to photodynamic therapy in vitro increases the efficiency by a factor of two compared to two-photon photodynamic therapy alone, while second-harmonic generation provides a fivefold increase.

  17. How to access photodynamic therapy for bile duct carcinoma

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    Isomoto, Hajime; Abo, Takafumi; Nonaka, Takashi; Morisaki, Tomohito; Arai, Junichi; Takagi, Katsunori; Ohnita, Ken; Shoji, Hiroyuki; Urabe, Shigetoshi; Senoo, Takemasa; Murakami, Goshi; Nagayasu, Takeshi

    2014-01-01

    Background Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a promising treatment option for local control of remnant cancer after surgical resection or biliary stenosis by the unresectable tumor in patients with bile duct carcinomas (BDC). To achieve effective tumor necrosis, an appropriate approach to laser irradiation is necessary. Methods The efficacy of endoscopy-guided PDT using porfimer (n=12) or talaporfin sodium (n=13) was investigated by evaluating the transhepatic biliary routes and endoscopic retrograde biliary (ERB) routes in 25 patients with BDC. Results Diseases included perihilar intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) in four patients, extrahepatic BDCs in 19 and ampular carcinoma (AC) in two patients. Adjuvant PDT after surgical resection was performed in 18 patients, and PDT for tumor biliary stenosis was performed in seven. In patients undergoing surgical resections, the mean period between the operation and PDT was 87±42 days. In patients who underwent prior surgical resections, the transhepatic route was used in five (28%), the jejunal loop was used in 11 (61%), the T-tube route was used in one, and the endoscopic retrograde cholangiography (ERC) route via papilla Vater was used in one. In unresectable BDC, the ERC route was used in four patients (57%), and the transhepatic biliary route was used in three (43%). Endoscopic-guided PDT could not be performed in one patient because of a technical failure. Except for the complication of photosensitivity, endoscopy-related complications were not observed in any patients. Patients undergoing PDT with porfimer sodium had a significantly longer admission period compared to patients undergoing PDT with talaporfin sodium (36 vs. 5 days, respectively) (P<0.01). Conclusions PDT was safely and definitively performed using the endoscopy-guided approach via the transhepatic or ERC route. By considering the disadvantages of both routes, PDT must be adequately achieved for local control of BDC. PMID:25332999

  18. Spectral coordinates in spectra fitting for explicit photodynamic therapy dosimetry

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    Kustov, E. F.; Loschenov, M. V.; Lilge, L.

    2005-08-01

    In this work a new method for spectra fitting is presented. The method was named spectral coordinates fitting ( SCF) because the central equation system is based on spectral coordinates. The method was validated on model spectra and spectra acquired during light intensity measurements during in-vivo Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) of dogs prostates.

  19. Biliary Tumor Ablation with Photodynamic Therapy and Radiofrequency Ablation.

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    Smith, Ioana; Kahaleh, Michel

    2015-10-01

    Within the past two decades, major progress has been made in biliary endoscopy both with stenting and with ablative therapy. A primary goal in patients with malignant biliary lesions who are not candidates for surgery is to provide localized and efficient necrosis of the lesions. This article summarizes the current literature on biliary tumor ablation with photodynamic therapy and radiofrequency ablation. Prognosis, treatment technique, potential complications, treatment efficacy, and controversies are discussed. PMID:26431605

  20. Effects of telomerase expression on photodynamic therapy of Barrett's esophagus

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    Wang, Kenneth K.; Anderson, Marlys; Buttar, Navtej; WongKeeSong, Louis-Michel; Borkenhagen, Lynn; Lutzke, Lori

    2003-06-01

    Photodynamic therapy has been applied to Barrett's esophagus and has been shown in prospective randomized studies to eliminate dysplasia as well as decrease the occurrence of cancer. However, the therapy isnot always effective and there are issues with residual areas of Barrett's mucosa despite therapy. There has not been a good explanation for these residual areas and they seem to imply that there may exist a biological mechanisms by which these cells may be resistant to photodynamic therapy. It was our aim to determine if known abnormalities in Barrett's mucosa could be correlated with the lack of response of some of these tissues. We examined the tissue from mulitpel patients who had resonse to therapy as well as those who did not respond. We assessed the tissue for p53 mutations, inactivatino of p16, ploidy status, cell proliferation, telomerase activity, and degree of dysplasia. Interestingly, the only genetic marker than was found to be correlated with lack of reonse was p53 and telomerase activity. This suggests that cells that have lost mechanisms for cell death such as apoptosis or telomere shortengin may be more resistant to photodynamic therapy. In this study, we examined patients before and after PDT for telomerase activity.

  1. Photodynamic Therapy in Treatment of Oral Lichen Planus

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    Mostafa, Diana; Tarakji, Bassel

    2015-01-01

    Oral lichen planus (OLP) is a relatively common chronic immunologic mucocutaneous disorder. Although there are many presenting treatments, some of them proved its failure. Recently, the use of photodynamic therapy (PDT) has been expanding due to its numerous advantages, as it is safe, convenient, and non-invasive and has toxic effect towards selective tissues. This article provides comprehensive review on OLP, its etiology, clinical features and recent non-pharmacological treatments. We also describe the topical PDT and its mechanisms. Our purpose was to evaluate the efficacy of PDT in treatment of OLP through collecting the data of the related clinical studies. We searched in PubMed website for the clinical studies that were reported from 2000 to 2014 using specific keywords: “photodynamic therapy” and “treatment of oral lichen planus”. Inclusion criteria were English publications only were concerned. In the selected studies of photodynamic treatment, adult patients (more than 20 years) were conducted and the OLP lesions were clinically and histologically confirmed. Exclusion criteria were classical and pharmacological treatments of OLP were excluded and also the using of PDT on skin lesions of lichen planus. We established five clinical studies in this review where all of them reported improvement and effectiveness of PDT in treatment of OLP lesions. The main outcome of comparing the related clinical studies is that the photodynamic is considered as a safe, effective and promising treatment modality for OLP. PMID:25883701

  2. Vaccines and Photodynamic Therapies for Oral Microbial-Related Diseases

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    Liu, Pei-Feng; Zhu, Wen-Hong; Huang, Chun-Ming

    2009-01-01

    The mouth is a favorable habitat for a great variety of bacteria. Microbial composition of dental plaque is the usual cause of various oral diseases in humans, including dental caries, periodontal disease and halitosis. In general, oral antibacterial agents such as antibiotics are commonly used to treat oral bacterial infection. Traditional periodontal surgery is painful and time-consuming. In addition, bacterial resistance and toxicity of antibiotics have become a global pandemic and unavoidable. Recently, vaccines for dental caries and periodontal disease have been developed and applied. Moreover, the use of photodynamic therapy has become an alternative to antibiotic drugs. The purpose of this article is to highlight the advantages of vaccine therapy and photodynamic therapy for oral microbial-related diseases compared to treatments with antimicrobial agents and traditional periodontal surgery. PMID:19149517

  3. Anticancer photodynamic therapy based on the use of a microsystem

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    Jastrzebska, E.; Bulka, N.; Zukowski, K.; Chudy, M.; Brzozka, Z.; Dybko, A.

    2015-07-01

    The paper presents the evaluation of photodynamic therapy (PDT) procedures with an application of a microsystem. Two cell lines were used in the experiments, i.e. human lung carcinoma - A549 and normal human fetal lung fibroblast MRC5. Mono-, coculture and mixed cultures were performed in a microsystem at the same time. The microsystem consisted of a concentration gradient generator (CGG) which generates different concentrations of a photosensitizer, and a set of microchambers for cells. The microchambers were linked by microchannels of various length in order to allow cells migration and in this way cocultures were created. Transparent materials were used for the chip manufacture, i.e. glass and poly(dimethylsiloxane). A high power LED was used to test photodynamic therapy effectiveness in the microsystem.

  4. Immune Response Following Photodynamic Therapy For Bladder Cancer

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    Raymond K.

    1989-06-01

    This study was undertaken to determine if photodynamic therapy (PDT) produces an immunologic response in patients treated for bladder cancer. Gamma interferon, interleukin 1-beta, interleukin 2 and tumor necrosis factor-alpha were assayed in the urine of four patients treated with photodynamic therapy for bladder cancer, in seven patients undergoing transurethral procedures, and in five healthy control subjects. Quantifiable concentrations of all cytokines, except gamma interferon, were measured in urine samples from the PDT patients treated with the highest light energies, while no urinary cytokines were found in the PDT patient who received the lowest light energy or in the control subjects. These findings suggest that a local immunologic response may occur following PDT for bladder cancer. Such an immunologic response activated by PDT may be an additional mechanism involved in bladder tumor destruction.

  5. Simultaneous two-photon excitation of photodynamic therapy agents

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    Wachter, E.A.; Fisher, W.G. |; Partridge, W.P.; Dees, H.C.; Petersen, M.G.

    1998-01-01

    The spectroscopic and photochemical properties of several photosensitive compounds are compared using conventional single-photon excitation (SPE) and simultaneous two-photon excitation (TPE). TPE is achieved using a mode-locked titanium:sapphire laser, the near infrared output of which allows direct promotion of non-resonant TPE. Excitation spectra and excited state properties of both type 1 and type 2 photodynamic therapy (PDT) agents are examined.

  6. Novel flexible light diffuser and irradiation properties for photodynamic therapy.

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    Selm, Baerbel; Rothmaier, Markus; Camenzind, Martin; Khan, Tania; Walt, Heinrich

    2007-01-01

    Many current light diffusers for photodynamic therapy are inflexible, and the applied light dose is difficult to adjust during treatment, especially on complex body surfaces. A thin and flexible luminous textile is developed using plastic optical fibers as a light distributor. The textile diffuser is evaluated for flexibility, irradiance, brightness distribution, and temperature rise with a 652-nm laser set to 100 mW. The bending force of the textile diffuser resembles a defined optical film. On the textile surface, an average output power of 3.6+/-0.6 mWcm(2) is measured, corresponding to a transmission rate of 40+/-3.8% on an area of 11 cm(2). Aluminum backing enhances the irradiance to the face (treatment side). The measured brightness distribution seems to lie within a range similar to other photodynamic therapy (PDT) devices. A power setting of 100 mW increases the temperature of the textile diffuser surface of up to 27 degrees C, and 1 W raises the temperature above 40 degrees C. Results confirm that the flexible textile diffuser supplies suitable radiation for low fluence rate photodynamic therapy on an area of several cm(2). PMID:17614732

  7. Efficacy of antimicrobial photodynamic therapy for root canals infected with Enterococcus faecalis.

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    Arneiro, Ricardo A S; Nakano, Ryan D; Antunes, Lívia A A; Ferreira, Gustavo B; Fontes, Karla B F C; Antunes, Leonardo S

    2014-12-01

    Effective decontamination of root canal systems is a constant concern in clinical practice. In this article, we compare the performance of photodynamic therapy (PDT) and sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) in reducing the amount of Enterococcus faecalis in root canals. Relevant studies were identified by searching electronic databases, including Web of Science, PubMed, BVS (Medline, Scielo, Lilacs and BBO), Scopus, and Cochrane, and by manually searching the references of identified studies. The terms used in the literature search were "photodynamic therapy" and "Enterococcus faecalis". We selected 13 experimental studies that exclusively assessed the performance of PDT in reducing E. faecalis in root canals of human teeth. In an evaluation of methodological quality, 12 articles were classified as moderate-quality reports and 1 as a high-quality report. No article needed to be excluded because of low-quality methodology. The results showed that PDT had a better antimicrobial effect when used as an adjuvant endodontic treatment to NaOCl. However, this finding should be carefully interpreted, as there are few relevant studies and the methods of the selected studies varied. PMID:25500925

  8. A Photosensitizer-Loaded DNA Origami Nanosystem for Photodynamic Therapy.

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    Zhuang, Xiaoxi; Ma, Xiaowei; Xue, Xiangdong; Jiang, Qiao; Song, Linlin; Dai, Luru; Zhang, Chunqiu; Jin, Shubin; Yang, Keni; Ding, Baoquan; Wang, Paul C; Liang, Xing-Jie

    2016-03-22

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) offers an alternative for cancer treatment by using ultraviolet or visible light in the presence of a photosensitizer and molecular oxygen, which can produce highly reactive oxygen species that ultimately leading to the ablation of tumor cells by multifactorial mechanisms. However, this technique is limited by the penetration depth of incident light, the hypoxic environment of solid tumors, and the vulnerability of photobleaching reduces the efficiency of many imaging agents. In this work, we reported a cellular level dual-functional imaging and PDT nanosystem BMEPC-loaded DNA origami for photodynamic therapy with high efficiency and stable photoreactive property. The carbazole derivative BMEPC is a one- and two-photon imaging agent and photosensitizer with large two-photon absorption cross section, which can be fully excited by near-infrared light, and is also capable of destroying targets under anaerobic condition by generating reactive intermediates of Type I photodynamic reactions. However, the application of BMEPC was restricted by its poor solubility in aqueous environment and its aggregation caused quenching. We observed BMEPC-loaded DNA origami effectively reduced the photobleaching of BMEPC within cells. Upon binding to DNA origami, the intramolecular rotation of BMEPC became proper restricted, which intensify fluorescence emission and radicals production when being excited. After the BMEPC-loaded DNA origami are taken up by tumor cells, upon irradiation, BMEPC could generate free radicals and be released due to DNA photocleavage as well as the following partially degradation. Apoptosis was then induced by the generation of free radicals. This functional nanosystem provides an insight into the design of photosensitizer-loaded DNA origami for effective intracellular imaging and photodynamic therapy. PMID:26950644

  9. Cancer treatment by photodynamic therapy combined with NK-cell-line-based adoptive immunotherapy

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    Korbelik, Mladen; Sun, Jinghai

    1998-05-01

    Treatment of solid cancers by photodynamic therapy (PDT) triggers a strong acute inflammatory reaction localized to the illuminated malignant tissue. This event is regulated by a massive release of various potent mediators which have a profound effect not only on local host cell populations, but also attract different types of immune cells to the treated tumor. Phagocytosis of PDT-damaged cancerous cells by antigen presenting cells, such as activated tumor associated macrophages, enables the recognition of even poorly immunogenic tumors by specific immune effector cells and the generation of immune memory populations. Because of its inflammatory/immune character, PDT is exceptionally responsive to adjuvant treatments with various types of immunotherapy. Combining PDT with immuneactivators, such as cytokines or other specific or non-specific immune agents, rendered marked improvements in tumor cures with various cancer models. Another clinically attractive strategy is adoptive immunotherapy, and the prospects of its use in conjunction with PDT are outlined.

  10. Fluorescence-guided resections and photodynamic therapy for malignant gliomas using 5-aminolevulinic acid

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    Stepp, Herbert G.; Beck, Tobias; Beyer, Wolfgang; Pongratz, Thomas; Sroka, Ronald; Baumgartner, Reinhold; Stummer, Walter; Olzowy, Bernhard; Mehrkens, Jan H.; Tonn, Joerg C.; Reulen, Hans J.

    2005-04-01

    Oral application of 20 mg/kg bw of 5-aminolevulinic acid results in a highly specific accumulation of fluorescent and phototoxic Protoporphyrin IX in malignant glioma tissue. Surgical removal with fluorescence guidance is studied in a phase III clinical trial, adjuvant Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) to the surgical cavity is in phase II and for interstitial PDT of recurrent gliomas, a phase I/II study has started. Fluorescence guided resections have been shown to be safe and effective in augmenting neurosurgical removal of malignant gliomas in 52 consecutive patients. Intra-operative fluorescence spectroscopy showed statistically significant higher sensitizer accumulation in vital brain tumor versus the infiltration zone and in the infiltration zone versus adjacent normal brain, which contained very little PPIX. This is promisingly exploited for PDT - both to the surgical cavity by surface irradiation and for stereotactically guided interstitial irradiation.

  11. Adjuvant interferon therapy for malignant melanoma: the debate.

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    Zhou, Qiang; Zhang, Xiao-Shi

    2010-11-01

    Based on the results of the Kirkwood high-dose interferon alpha-2b (HDI) adjuvant therapy trial of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group 1684, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved HDI as the postoperative adjuvant therapy for high-risk melanoma. Unfortunately, controversies continue regarding the use of interferon (IFN) as adjuvant therapy for melanoma owing to the inconsistent results of subsequent trials. Numerous trials of adjuvant interferon therapy demonstrated a benefit in terms of relapse-free survival (RFS), but without confirmed significant effect on overall survival (OS). The optimal timing, dose, and type of interferon are not yet defined. Therefore, adjuvant interferon treatment is preferentially applied in the randomized clinical trials in specialized centers. Decisions about the appropriateness of adjuvant interferon alfa-2b treatment for patients should be made on an individual basis, after discussion with the patient, including an explanation of the potential benefits and side effects of interferon therapy. Moreover, we also need to use available regimens reasonably, seek feasible and predictable prognostic factors to serve patients with individualized therapy. PMID:20979689

  12. Localized electric field of plasmonic nanoplatform enhanced photodynamic tumor therapy.

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    Li, Yiye; Wen, Tao; Zhao, Ruifang; Liu, Xixi; Ji, Tianjiao; Wang, Hai; Shi, Xiaowei; Shi, Jian; Wei, Jingyan; Zhao, Yuliang; Wu, Xiaochun; Nie, Guangjun

    2014-11-25

    Near-infrared plasmonic nanoparticles demonstrate great potential in disease theranostic applications. Herein a nanoplatform, composed of mesoporous silica-coated gold nanorods (AuNRs), is tailor-designed to optimize the photodynamic therapy (PDT) for tumor based on the plasmonic effect. The surface plasmon resonance of AuNRs was fine-tuned to overlap with the exciton absorption of indocyanine green (ICG), a near-infrared photodynamic dye with poor photostability and low quantum yield. Such overlap greatly increases the singlet oxygen yield of incorporated ICG by maximizing the local field enhancement, and protecting the ICG molecules against photodegradation by virtue of the high absorption cross section of the AuNRs. The silica shell strongly increased ICG payload with the additional benefit of enhancing ICG photostability by facilitating the formation of ICG aggregates. As-fabricated AuNR@SiO2-ICG nanoplatform enables trimodal imaging, near-infrared fluorescence from ICG, and two-photon luminescence/photoacoustic tomography from the AuNRs. The integrated strategy significantly improved photodynamic destruction of breast tumor cells and inhibited the growth of orthotopic breast tumors in mice, with mild laser irradiation, through a synergistic effect of PDT and photothermal therapy. Our study highlights the effect of local field enhancement in PDT and demonstrates the importance of systematic design of nanoplatform to greatly enhancing the antitumor efficacy. PMID:25375193

  13. Optical imaging in photodynamic therapy: mechanisms and applications

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    Solban, Nicolas; Georgakoudi, Irene; Ortel, Bernhard; Lin, Charles P.; Hasan, Tayyaba

    2004-06-01

    Molecular excitation of photosensitizing agents provides reactive excited states, which can initiate chemical reactions, but it can also lead to molecular relaxation via radiative photophysical processes, providing the basis for fluorescence diagnostics. The best-known example of the former is Photodynamic Therapy (PDT), which is now approved for the treatment of a number of neoplastic and non-neoplastic pathologies. Although the concept of the use of photodynamic agents in diagnostics is as old as their use in therapy, the focused development of this aspect has been relatively recent. Typically, photodynamic agents have high triplet yields and relatively long triplet lifetimes (microsecond range), which allows them to interact and destroy molecular targets near them either directly or indirectly by producing other toxic molecular species. Associated with a high triplet yield is the fortunate attribute of most PDT agents in having low but finite fluorescence quantum yields. Fluorescence from these molecules may be used not only for diagnostics of disease de novo but also for guided surgery, PDT dosimetry and therapeutic monitoring. Other uses of fluorescence in PDT (not necessarily from the PDT agents) include the development of technologies that allow tracking of cells during treatment in vivo, studies of sub-cellular localization of molecules for mechanistic studies and photosensitizer tracking for specific targeting. An overview of studies on these aspects from different laboratories will be presented.

  14. First experience of application of photodynamic therapy in keratoplasty

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    Fyodorov, Svyatoslav N.; Kopayeva, V. G.; Andreev, Yu. V.; Stranadko, Eugeny P.; Ponomariov, G. V.

    1996-12-01

    Vascular effect of photodynamic therapy has been studied in patients with corneal neovascularized transplant in 10 cases. THe injection of photoheme intravenously were made with subsequent irradiation by light of argon-pumped dye laser with light density of 150-300 mW/cm2 for 10-15 minutes. Energy density consisted 150-300 J/cm2. In all the cases at the time of irradiation the aggregated blood flow was appeared followed by blood flow stasis. In post- operative period the vessels disintegrated into separate fragments which disappeared completely after 10-15 days. Taking into account the data of light microscope, the disappearance of the vessels took place as a result of the vascular endothelium lysis along the vascular walls. The vessel alteration study presented in this paper, may also serve to specify the mechanism of photodynamic destruction of neovascularized stroma of tumor.

  15. Diblock copolymers to deliver hydrophobic photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy

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    Li, Buhong

    2007-11-01

    Polymeric micelles, self-assemblies of block copolymers, are emerging as attractive drug delivery systems for hydrophobic photodynamic sensitizers. Recent advances in the formulation of photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy (PDT) with diblock copolymers are presented. This paper reviews the main characteristics of existing drug-loading micelles with diblock copolymers, including loading efficiency, particle size and morphology, stability, cellular uptake, subcellular distribution and therapeutic efficiency. The results indicate that diblock polymeric micelles are potentially useful for the delivery and release of hydrophobic photosensitizers in PDT. While significant progress has been achieved, many challenges remain in elucidating the detailed internalization mechanisms of the micelles and resulting mechanisms for enhanced photocytotoxicity. Some critical issues for diblock copolymers to deliver hydrophobic photosensitizers for PDT are highlighted.

  16. Intraoperative photodynamic therapy in laryngeal part of pharynx cancers

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    Loukatch, Erwin V.; Trojan, Vasily; Loukatch, Vjacheslav

    1996-12-01

    In clinic intraoperative photodynamic therapy (IPT) was done in patients with primal squamous cells cancer of the laryngeal part of the pharynx. The He-Ne laser and methylene blue as a photosensibilizator were used. Cobalt therapy in the postoperative period was done in dose 45 Gr. Patients of control groups (1-th group) with only laser and (2-th group) only methylene blue were controlled during three years with the main group. The statistics show certain differences of recidives in the main group compared to the control groups. These facts are allowing us to recommend the use of IPT as an additional method in ENT-oncology diseases treatment.

  17. Immune modulation using transdermal photodynamic therapy

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    Levy, Julia G.; Chowdhary, R. K.; Ratkay, Leslie G.; Waterfield, Douglas; Obochi, Modestus; Leong, Simon; Hunt, David W. C.; Chan, Agnes H.

    1995-01-01

    The photosensitizer benzoporphyrin derivative monoacid ring A (VerteporfinR or BPD) has maximum absorption characteristics (690 nm) and biodistribution characteristics which permit activation of the drug in capillaries of the skin without causing skin photosensitivity (transdermal PDT). This permits targeting of cells in the circulation for selective ablation. Since BPD has been shown to accumulate preferentially in activated lymphocytes and monocytes, studies have been undertaken to determine the effect of transdermal PDT on murine models for rheumatoid arthritis (the MRL/lpr adjuvant enhanced model) and multiple sclerosis (the experimental allergic encephalomyelitis (EAE) model in PL mice). Localized transdermal PDT with BPD was found to be completely successful in preventing the development of adjuvant enhanced arthritis in the MRL/lpr mouse as well as improving the underlying arthritic condition of these animals. In the EAE model, in which an adoptive transfer system was used, it was found that transdermal PDT of recipients was effective in preventing EAE if treatments were implemented up to 24 hours after cell transfer but was not effective if given later, indicating the requirement for circulating T cells for effective treatment.

  18. Optical dosimetry for interstitial photodynamic therapy

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    Arnfield, M.R.; Tulip, J.; Chetner, M.; McPhee, M.S. )

    1989-07-01

    An approach to photodynamic treatment of tumors is the interstitial implantation of fiber optic light sources. Dosimetry is critical in identifying regions of low light intensity in the tumor which may prevent tumor cure. We describe a numerical technique for calculating light distributions within tumors, from multiple fiber optic sources. The method was tested using four translucent plastic needles, which were placed in a 0.94 X 0.94 cm grid pattern within excised Dunning R3327-AT rat prostate tumors. A cylindrical diffusing fiber tip, illuminated by 630 nm dye laser light was placed within one needle and a miniature light detector was placed within another. The average penetration depth in the tumor region between the two needles was calculated from the optical power measured by the detector, using a modified diffusion theory. Repeating the procedure for each pair of needles revealed significant variations in penetration depth within individual tumors. Average values of penetration depth, absorption coefficient, scattering coefficient, and mean scattering cosine were 0.282 cm, 0.469 cm-1, 250 cm-1 and 0.964, respectively. Calculated light distributions from four cylindrical sources in tumors gave reasonable agreement with direct light measurements using fiber optic probes.

  19. Adjuvant systemic therapy: state of the art, 1989.

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    Henderson, I C

    1989-10-01

    After more than 100 reported randomized trials of systemic adjuvant therapy in breast cancer, it is clear that this therapy will prolong the time to recurrence and the survival time significantly, at least in some patient subsets. But there is less than complete agreement as to which subsets, which therapies, how much benefit can be achieved, and when (if ever) the risk/benefit ratio may not favor this approach. The results of these trials, and some trials still in progress, are summarized, and the current understanding of the role of systemic adjuvant therapy for breast cancer is reviewed. PMID:2690970

  20. European Dermatology Forum Guidelines on topical photodynamic therapy.

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    Morton, Colin; Szeimies, Rolf-Markus; Sidoroff, Alexis; Wennberg, Ann-Marie; Basset-Seguin, Nicole; Calzavara-Pinton, Piergiacomo; Gilaberte, Yolanda; Hofbauer, Günther; Hunger, Robert; Karrer, Sigrid; Lehmann, Percy; Piaserico, Stefano; Ulrich, Claas; Braathen, Lasse

    2015-01-01

    Topical photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a widely approved therapy for actinic keratoses, squamous cell carcinoma in-situ, superficial and certain thin basal cell carcinomas. Recurrence rates are typically equivalent to existing therapies, although inferior to surgery for nodular basal cell carcinoma. PDT can be used both as a lesional or as a field therapy and has the potential to delay/reduce the development of new lesions. PDT has also been studied for its place in the treatment of, as well as its potential to prevent, superficial skin cancers in immune-suppressed patients, although sustained clearance rates are lower than for immunocompetent individuals. Many additional indications have been evaluated, including photo-rejuvenation and inflammatory and infective dermatoses. This S2 guideline considers all current and emerging indications for the use of topical photodynamic therapy in Dermatology, prepared by the PDT subgroup of the European Dermatology Forum guidelines committee. It presents consensual expert recommendations reflecting current published evidence. An unabridged version of this guideline is available online at: http://www.euroderm.org/edf/index.php/edf-guidelines. PMID:26065545

  1. A Comprehensive Tutorial on In Vitro Characterization of New Photosensitizers for Photodynamic Antitumor Therapy and Photodynamic Inactivation of Microorganisms

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    Maisch, Tim; Berneburg, Mark; Plaetzer, Kristjan

    2013-01-01

    In vitro research performed on eukaryotic or prokaryotic cell cultures usually represents the initial step for characterization of a novel photosensitizer (PS) intended for application in photodynamic therapy (PDT) of cancer or photodynamic inactivation (PDI) of microorganisms. Although many experimental steps of PS testing make use of the wide spectrum of methods readily employed in cell biology, special aspects of working with photoactive substances, such as the autofluorescence of the PS molecule or the requirement of light protection, need to be considered when performing in vitro experiments in PDT/PDI. This tutorial represents a comprehensive collection of operative instructions, by which, based on photochemical and photophysical properties of a PS, its uptake into cells, the intracellular localization and photodynamic action in both tumor cells and microorganisms novel photoactive molecules may be characterized for their suitability for PDT/PDI. Furthermore, it shall stimulate the efforts to expand the convincing benefits of photodynamic therapy and photodynamic inactivation within both established and new fields of applications and motivate scientists of all disciplines to get involved in photodynamic research. PMID:23762860

  2. [Adjuvant therapy of breast cancer patients].

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    Semiglazov, V F; Bavli, Ia L; Moiseenko, V M

    1986-01-01

    The paper discusses the state of the art in adjuvant treatment of breast cancer patients. The protocol of the randomized controlled study of the effectiveness of adjuvant chemohormonotherapy conducted at the Petrov Institute since January, 1985 is presented. It is suggested that all oncological institutions concerned should take part in a cooperative investigation to be carried out along the guidelines outlined in the protocol. PMID:3097961

  3. The role of adjuvant therapy in uterine leiomyosarcoma.

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    Ducie, Jennifer A; Leitao, Mario M

    2016-01-01

    Uterine leiomyosarcoma (uLMS) is a rare mesenchymal tumor of the gynecologic tract. Although diagnosed in only 1-3% of patients with uterine cancer, uLMS accounts for the majority of uterine cancer-related deaths. The standard of care for patients with uLMS includes total hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (BSO). There are no standard recommendations regarding adjuvant or palliative therapy. Many cytotoxic and targeted agents have been studied in clinical trials in an effort to identify an effective therapy that may alter the natural history of this disease. Unfortunately, as of now, there are no adjuvant therapy regimens that improve overall survival in this patient population. There is, therefore, an unmet need to identify a novel therapy that will improve the survival of women diagnosed with this aggressive disease. Here we summarize the existing literature on adjuvant therapy in uLMS, specifically highlighting advances made in the last 5 years. PMID:26558647

  4. Agr function is upregulated by photodynamic therapy for Staphylococcus aureus and is related to resistance to photodynamic therapy.

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    Park, Hee Jeong; Moon, Yeon-Hee; Yoon, Hyo-Eun; Park, Yoon Mee; Yoon, Jung-Hoon; Bang, Iel Soo

    2013-08-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has been considered a feasible alternative for antimicrobial therapy of multidrug-resistant pathogens. However, bacterial response mechanisms against PDT-generated photo-oxidative stress remain largely unknown. Herein, it is shown that the accessory gene regulator Agr is involved in Staphylococcus aureus response to photo-oxidative stress generated by laser-induced PDT with the photosensitizer chlorin e6 . Transcriptional profiling revealed that sublethal PDT induces a general stress response and also activates Agr-dependent gene regulation. Moreover, mutant S. aureus lacking Agr function showed hypersusceptibility to two independent PDT conditions with higher energy densities, demonstrating Agr-dependent S. aureus resistance against PDT. PMID:23668640

  5. Development of Low-Cost Photodynamic Therapy Device

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    Momchilov, N.; Bliznakova, I.; Borisova, E.; Troyanova, P.

    2007-11-01

    Photodiagnosis and photodynamic therapy of non-melanoma skin cancers using delta-aminolevulinic acid/protoporphyrin IX (5-ALA/PpIX) give a combined application with broadest dissemination in the current clinical practice. The problems with using of lasers as light sources are the expenses associated with the operation of these types of installations. This is why we test the capability of cheaper sources - light-emitting diodes at 405 nm for fluorescence excitation of PpIX and 635 nm for photodynamic action initiation. A LED matrix is developed in our laboratory using two types of LEDs and a combined photodiagnosis/photodynamic theory device applicable for clinical practice is built. Geometrically matrix is formed in such way that power density at 635 nm is about 40 mW/cm2, which allow to reach treatment doses for a 15-20 min irradiation depending of the lesion size in the focus of the system. The therapeutic mode of system developed can be used also with some other photosensitizers from the porphyrins derivatives family.

  6. [New options in adjuvant endocrine therapy in breast cancer].

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    Saltel-Fulero, Aurélien; Donnadieu, Anne; Leman-Detours, Solenne; Cottu, Paul

    2016-01-01

    Endocrine therapy is a compulsory step in the adjuvant management of early breast cancer expressing the estrogen receptor, by reducing as much as possible serum and tissue levels of estrogens. Tamoxifen is the standard therapy for non-menopausal women. Ovarian function suppression, in addition to exemestane or tamoxifen, could be an alternative option for young women at high risk of recurrence and non menopausal after adjuvant or neo-adjuvant chemotherapy. Recent studies show a trend for improvement of overall survival and disease-free-survival with aromatase inhibitors among postmenopausal women. However, safety of aromatase inhibitors is controversial and adverse events may lead to switch for tamoxifen with no loss of efficacy. Extension therapy by tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitor after five years of tamoxifen and for a total duration of ten years significantly improves overall survival. There is to date no data supporting the extension therapy after five years of aromatase inhibitor. PMID:26675809

  7. On molecular mechanism of the photodynamic therapy of tumors

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    Mostovnikov, Vasili A.; Mostovnikova, Galina R.; Plavski, Vitali Y.; Tretjakov, S. A.

    1995-01-01

    In this work we present the experimental results indicating that the photodestruction (inactivation) of glycolysis enzymes located in mitochondria and responsible for the energy providing of malignant tumors, could serve as a possible molecular mechanism of a photodynamic therapy of cancer. The formation of complexes between the glycolysis enzymes and sensitizer favors can lead to an effective photodestruction of the former [in the experiments lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), pyruvate kinase (PK), glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) and water-soluble tetra(carboxiphenyl)porphyrine [T(CP)P] (the analogue of coprorphyrin) were used as photosensitizer.

  8. Spectroscopic evaluation of photodynamic therapy of the intraperitoneal cavity

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    Finlay, Jarod C.; Sandell, Julia L.; Zhu, Timothy C.; Lewis, Robert; Cengel, Keith A.; Hahn, Stephen M.

    2010-02-01

    We present the results of spectroscopic measurements of diffuse reflectance and fluorescence before and after photodynamic therapy of healthy canine peritoneal cavity. Animals were treated intra-operatively after iv injection of the benzoporphyrin derivative (BPD). The small bowel was treated using a uniform light field projected by a microlens-tipped fiber. The cavity was then filled with scattering medium and the remaining organs were treated using a moving diffuser. Diffuse reflectance and fluorescence measurements were made using a multi-fiber optical probe positioned on the surface of various tissues within the cavity before and after illumination. The measured data were analyzed to quantify hemoglobin concentration and oxygenation and sensitizer concentration.

  9. Photodynamic therapy of tumor-associated pathology of uterine cervix

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    Novikova, E. G.; Trushina, O. I.; Sokolov, V. V.; Filonenko, E. V.

    2005-08-01

    We have analyzed the results of photodynamic therapy using light-sensitizing agent "Photoheme" in 56 patients - 44 women with pre-cancerous lesions of cervix (group 1) and 12 women with early cervical cancer (group 2). The results were as follows: group 1 - c omplete regression - 3 7 ( 84%), p artial regression - 4 ( 9,%), s tabilization - 2 (4,6%), progression -1 (2,3%); group 2 - complete regression - 8 (66,7%), partial regression - 1 (8,3%), stabilization - 3 (25%). Anti-viral effect was registered in 38 (90,4%) cases after first procedure, in 4 cases - after second procedure.

  10. Optical dosimetry in photodynamic therapy of human uterus and brain

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    Madsen, Steen J.; Svaasand, Lars O.; Hirschberg, Henry; Tadir, Yona; Tromberg, Bruce J.

    1999-06-01

    Optical 'dose' is one of the fundamental parameters required in the design of an efficacious regimen of photodynamic therapy (PDT). The issues involved in delivering a sufficient optical dose to the human uterus and brain during PDT will be discussed. Specifically, measurements of optical properties and fluence rates in excised human uteri are presented. Measured fluence rates are compared to the predictions of a simple diffusion model and the clinical utility of the treatment is discussed. The delivery of light to brain tissue via a surgically implanted balloon applicator will also be considered. The time required to deliver and adequate dose is calculated based on known optical properties and diffusion theory.

  11. Enhancement of anti-tumor immunity by photodynamic therapy

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    Brackett, Craig M.

    2009-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an FDA-approved modality that rapidly eliminates local tumors, resulting in cure of early disease and palliation of advanced disease. PDT was originally considered to be a local treatment; however, both pre-clinical and clinical studies have shown that local PDT treatment of tumors can enhance systemic anti-tumor immunity. The current state of investigations into the ability of PDT to enhance anti-tumor immunity, the mechanisms behind this enhancement and the future of PDT as an immunotherapy are addressed in this review. PMID:19763892

  12. Accurate dosimetry for monitoring response to photodynamic therapy

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    Seetamraju, M.; Gurjar, R. S.; Myers, R.; Hasan, T.; Wolf, D. E.

    2012-02-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is becoming a treatment of choice for cancer because of its low cost, high effectiveness and low damage to healthy tissue. Successful PDT outcome depends on accurate dosimetry, which is currently lacking, leading to variable and/or ineffective treatment outcome. We report on our research and developmental efforts towards an implicit dosimetric method for PDT that will provide an accurate assessment of treatment effectiveness by continuous monitoring of the in vivo drug concentration and the oxygen concentration in tissue. This approach uses the same tools presently available for PDT, making it attractive to the health professionals without increasing treatment cost.

  13. 3D Monte Carlo radiation transfer modelling of photodynamic therapy

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    Campbell, C. Louise; Christison, Craig; Brown, C. Tom A.; Wood, Kenneth; Valentine, Ronan M.; Moseley, Harry

    2015-06-01

    The effects of ageing and skin type on Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) for different treatment methods have been theoretically investigated. A multilayered Monte Carlo Radiation Transfer model is presented where both daylight activated PDT and conventional PDT are compared. It was found that light penetrates deeper through older skin with a lighter complexion, which translates into a deeper effective treatment depth. The effect of ageing was found to be larger for darker skin types. The investigation further strengthens the usage of daylight as a potential light source for PDT where effective treatment depths of about 2 mm can be achieved.

  14. Photodynamic therapy of locally advanced basal cell skin cancer

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    Riabov, Mikhail V.; Stranadko, Evgeny P.

    2005-08-01

    The treatment of locally spread basal-cell skin cancer is very difficult and often complicated with local recurrence. Traditional techniques are sometimes insufficient for this pathology, especially for recurrent tumors. In the State Research Center for Laser Medicine photodynamic therapy had been used for treatment of 103 patients with locally spread basal-cell skin cancer, including 64 with recurrent tumors. Therapeutic effect has been achieved in all cases, including complete tumor resorption in 67% of patients. Presented paper contains analysis of immediate and long-term follow-up results.

  15. Photodynamic and selective therapy: experimental and clinical study

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    Gelfond, Mark L.; Barchuk, A. S.; Mizgirev, I. V.; Mikhailovs, N. B.; Ovsiannicov, V. A.; Khudoley, V. V.; Ponomareuv, G. V.

    1996-01-01

    One of the most promising directions in modern experimental and clinical oncology is a photodynamic therapy of cancer. The affect of this method rests on the capability of malignant cells to accumulate and to store any photosensitizers more than cells of normal tissues can do. Photobiological and photomedical progress far extends the capabilities of traditional methods for treatment of new malignant formations. However problems with creation and optimization of photosensitizers that meet modern medical technology's requirements are not solved up to now. That is the reason to continue searching for new more active and less toxic photosensitizers.

  16. Characterizing low fluence thresholds for in vitro photodynamic therapy

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    Hartl, Brad A.; Hirschberg, Henry; Marcu, Laura; Cherry, Simon R.

    2015-01-01

    The translation of photodynamic therapy (PDT) to the clinic has mostly been limited to superficial diseases where traditional light delivery is noninvasive. To overcome this limitation, a variety of mechanisms have been suggested to noninvasively deliver light to deep tissues. This work explores the minimum amount of light required by these methods to produce a meaningful PDT effect in the in vitro setting under representative low fluence and wavelength conditions. This threshold was found to be around 192 mJ/cm2 using the clinically approved photosensitizer aminolevulinic acid and 12 mJ/cm2 for the more efficient, second generation photosensitizer TPPS2a. PMID:25798302

  17. Three-dimensional illumination procedure for photodynamic therapy of dermatology

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    Hu, Xiao-ming; Zhang, Feng-juan; Dong, Fei; Zhou, Ya

    2014-09-01

    Light dosimetry is an important parameter that affects the efficacy of photodynamic therapy (PDT). However, the irregular morphologies of lesions complicate lesion segmentation and light irradiance adjustment. Therefore, this study developed an illumination demo system comprising a camera, a digital projector, and a computing unit to solve these problems. A three-dimensional model of a lesion was reconstructed using the developed system. Hierarchical segmentation was achieved with the superpixel algorithm. The expected light dosimetry on the targeted lesion was achieved with the proposed illumination procedure. Accurate control and optimization of light delivery can improve the efficacy of PDT.

  18. Photodynamic therapy with laser scanning mode of tumor irradiation

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    Chepurna, Oksana; Shton, Irina; Kholin, Vladimir; Voytsehovich, Valerii; Popov, Viacheslav; Pavlov, Sergii; Gamaleia, Nikolai; Wójcik, Waldemar; Zhassandykyzy, Maral

    2015-12-01

    In this study we propose a new version of photodynamic therapy performed by laser scanning. The method consists in tumor treatment by a light beam of a small cross section which incrementally moves through the chosen area with a defined delay at each point and repetitively re-scans a zone starting from the initial position. Experimental evaluation of the method in vitro on murine tumor model showed that despite the dose, applied by scanning irradiation mode, was 400 times lower, the tumor inhibition rate conceded to attained with continuous irradiation mode by only 20%.

  19. Neoadjuvant or adjuvant therapy for gastric cancer

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    Quéro, Laurent; Guillerm, Sophie; Hennequin, Christophe

    2015-01-01

    Currently, there is no international consensus on the best treatment regimen for patients with advanced resectable gastric carcinoma. In the United States, where a limited lymph-node dissection is frequently performed, adjuvant chemoradiotherapy after surgery is the standard treatment. In Europe, intensified perioperative chemotherapy is commonly administered. In Japan and South Korea, postoperative S-1-based adjuvant chemotherapy after surgery with D2 lymph-node dissection is the standard treatment. Several ongoing trials are currently evaluating the optimal sequence of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgery, as well as the place of targeted therapeutic agents in the treatment of advanced gastric carcinoma. PMID:26306142

  20. Targeting-triggered porphysome nanostructure disruption for activatable photodynamic therapy.

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    Jin, Cheng S; Cui, Liyang; Wang, Fan; Chen, Juan; Zheng, Gang

    2014-08-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) and photothermal therapy (PTT) possess advantages over the conventional therapies with additional treatment selectivity achieved with local laser irradiation. Comparing to PTT that ablates target tissue via thermal necrosis, PDT induces target cell death via singlet oxygen without damaging the underling connective tissue, thus preserving its biological function. Activatable photosensitizers provide an additional level of treatment selectivity via the disease-associated activation mechanism. In this study, folate-conjugated porphysomes are introduced as targeting-triggered activatable nano-sized beacons for PDT. Porphysomes are reported previously as the most stable and efficient delivery system of porphyrin, but their nanostructure converts the singlet oxygen generation mechanism to thermal ablation mechanism. By folate-receptor-mediated endocytosis, folate-porphysomes are internalized into cells rapidly and resulted in efficient disruption of nanostructures, thus switching back on the photodynamic activity of the densely packed porphyrins for effective PDT. In both in vitro and in vivo studies, folate-porphysomes can achieve folate receptor-selective PDT efficacy, which proves the robustness of targeting-triggered PDT activation of porphysome nanostructure for highly selective tumor ablation. The formulation of porphysomes can be modified with other targeting ligands as activatable photosensitizers for personalized treatment in future. PMID:24464930

  1. Fluorescence Imaging and Photodynamic Therapy of Skin Cancer

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    Rosen, Arne; Ericsson, Marica; Grapengiesser, Sofia; Gudmundson, Fredrik; Larko, Olle; Mölne, Lena; Stenquist, Bo; Ternesten, Annika; Wennberg, Ann-Marie

    2000-03-01

    Fluorescence Imaging and Photodynamic Therapy of Skin Cancer Photodynamic therapy has become an interesting alternative to conventional therapy of skin cancer as basal cell carcinoma, BCC. Delta-aminolevulinic acid, ALA, is a precursor in the biosynthesis of protoporphyrin IX, Ph IX, which accumulates to a large extent in tumor tissue. We have compared in vivo Ph IX, fluorescence with the extent of BCC on the face, trunk and thigh etc determined by histological mapping in a number of lesions. A non-laser-based set-up (1) was used to record the fluorescence images. The time for application of ALA was varied to optimize the uptake and the contrast in fluorescence between tumor attached and healthy skin. In more than 50 correlation between the fluorescence imaging and histological pattern. The contrast in fluorescence between tumor and healthy skin seems to be highr for older patients. Work is in progress to develope routines for optimization of the contrast. 1. A-M Wennberg et al, Acta Derm Venereol(Stockh) 1999, 79:54-61.

  2. Bioluminescence-Activated Deep-Tissue Photodynamic Therapy of Cancer

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    Kim, Yi Rang; Kim, Seonghoon; Choi, Jin Woo; Choi, Sung Yong; Lee, Sang-Hee; Kim, Homin; Hahn, Sei Kwang; Koh, Gou Young; Yun, Seok Hyun

    2015-01-01

    Optical energy can trigger a variety of photochemical processes useful for therapies. Owing to the shallow penetration of light in tissues, however, the clinical applications of light-activated therapies have been limited. Bioluminescence resonant energy transfer (BRET) may provide a new way of inducing photochemical activation. Here, we show that efficient bioluminescence energy-induced photodynamic therapy (PDT) of macroscopic tumors and metastases in deep tissue. For monolayer cell culture in vitro incubated with Chlorin e6, BRET energy of about 1 nJ per cell generated as strong cytotoxicity as red laser light irradiation at 2.2 mW/cm2 for 180 s. Regional delivery of bioluminescence agents via draining lymphatic vessels killed tumor cells spread to the sentinel and secondary lymph nodes, reduced distant metastases in the lung and improved animal survival. Our results show the promising potential of novel bioluminescence-activated PDT. PMID:26000054

  3. Photodynamic therapy in combating the causative microorganisms from endodontic infections

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    de Oliveira, Bruna Paloma; Aguiar, Carlos Menezes; Câmara, Andréa Cruz

    2014-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is presented as a promising antimicrobial therapy that can eliminate microorganisms present in endodontic infections. This treatment is based on the use of a nontoxic photosensitizing agent followed by irradiation of a resonant light source being capable of generating highly reactive species that are harmful to microorganisms. The purpose of this paper is to review the dental literature about the main factors that encompass the use of PDT combined with endodontic treatment for decontamination of the root canal system. A literature search was performed using the following index databases: PubMed, ISI Web of Knowledge and MedLine, between 2000 and 2014, looking for studies regarding antimicrobial action of PDT and its application to endodontic therapy. It was observed that despite numerous promising results, it is still necessary to establish different parameters so that PDT can be used with maximum effectiveness in eliminating microorganisms that cause endodontic infections. PMID:25202228

  4. Perspectives on the application of nanotechnology in photodynamic therapy for the treatment of melanoma

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    Monge-Fuentes, Victoria; Muehlmann, Luis Alexandre; de Azevedo, Ricardo Bentes

    2014-01-01

    Malignant melanoma is the most aggressive form of skin cancer and has been traditionally considered difficult to treat. The worldwide incidence of melanoma has been increasing faster than any other type of cancer. Early detection, surgery, and adjuvant therapy enable improved outcomes; nonetheless, the prognosis of metastatic melanoma remains poor. Several therapies have been investigated for the treatment of melanoma; however, current treatment options for patients with metastatic disease are limited and non-curative in the majority of cases. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has been proposed as a promising minimally invasive therapeutic procedure that employs three essential elements to induce cell death: a photosensitizer, light of a specific wavelength, and molecular oxygen. However, classical PDT has shown some drawbacks that limit its clinical application. In view of this, the use of nanotechnology has been considered since it provides many tools that can be applied to PDT to circumvent these limitations and bring new perspectives for the application of this therapy for different types of diseases. On that ground, this review focuses on the potential use of developing nanotechnologies able to bring significant benefits for anticancer PDT, aiming to reach higher efficacy and safety for patients with malignant melanoma. PMID:25317253

  5. Photodynamic therapy potentiates the paracrine endothelial stimulation by colorectal cancer

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    Lamberti, María Julia; Florencia Pansa, María; Emanuel Vera, Renzo; Belén Rumie Vittar, Natalia; Rivarola, Viviana Alicia

    2014-11-01

    Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Recurrence is a major problem and is often the ultimate cause of death. In this context, the tumor microenvironment influences tumor progression and is considered as a new essential feature that clearly impacts on treatment outcome, and must therefore be taken into consideration. Photodynamic therapy (PDT), oxygen, light and drug-dependent, is a novel treatment modality when CRC patients are inoperable. Tumor vasculature and parenchyma cells are both potential targets of PDT damage modulating tumor-stroma interactions. In biological activity assessment in photodynamic research, three-dimensional (3D) cultures are essential to integrate biomechanical, biochemical, and biophysical properties that better predict the outcome of oxygen- and drug-dependent medical therapies. Therefore, the objective of this study was to investigate the antitumor effect of methyl 5-aminolevulinic acid-PDT using a light emitting diode for the treatment of CRC cells in a scenario that mimics targeted tissue complexity, providing a potential bridge for the gap between 2D cultures and animal models. Since photodynamic intervention of the tumor microenvironment can effectively modulate the tumor-stroma interaction, it was proposed to characterize the endothelial response to CRC paracrine communication, if one of these two populations is photosensitized. In conclusion, we demonstrated that the dialogue between endothelial and tumor populations when subjected to lethal PDT conditions induces an increase in angiogenic phenotype, and we think that it should be carefully considered for the development of PDT therapeutic protocols.

  6. Efficient Photodynamic Therapy on Human Retinoblastoma Cell Lines

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    Walther, Jan; Schastak, Stanislas; Dukic-Stefanovic, Sladjana; Wiedemann, Peter; Neuhaus, Jochen; Claudepierre, Thomas

    2014-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has shown to be a promising technique to treat various forms of malignant neoplasia. The photodynamic eradication of the tumor cells is achieved by applying a photosensitizer either locally or systemically and following local activation through irradiation of the tumor mass with light of a specific wavelength after a certain time of incubation. Due to preferential accumulation of the photosensitizer in tumor cells, this procedure allows a selective inactivation of the malignant tumor while sparing the surrounding tissue to the greatest extent. These features and requirements make the PDT an attractive therapeutic option for the treatment of retinoblastoma, especially when surgical enucleation is a curative option. This extreme solution is still in use in case of tumours that are resistant to conventional chemotherapy or handled too late due to poor access to medical care in less advanced country. In this study we initially conducted in-vitro investigations of the new cationic water-soluble photo sensitizer tetrahydroporphyrin-tetratosylat (THPTS) regarding its photodynamic effect on human Rb-1 and Y79 retinoblastoma cells. We were able to show, that neither the incubation with THPTS without following illumination, nor the sole illumination showed a considerable effect on the proliferation of the retinoblastoma cells, whereas the incubation with THPTS combined with following illumination led to a maximal cytotoxic effect on the tumor cells. Moreover the phototoxicity was lower in normal primary cells from retinal pigmented epithelium demonstrating a higher phototoxic effect of THPTS in cancer cells than in this normal retinal cell type. The results at hand form an encouraging foundation for further in-vivo studies on the therapeutic potential of this promising photosensitizer for the eyeball and vision preserving as well as potentially curative therapy of retinoblastoma. PMID:24498108

  7. Adjuvant therapy for ampullary carcinomas: The Mayo Clinic experience

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    Bhatia, Sumita; Miller, Robert C. . E-mail: miller.robert@mayo.edu; Haddock, Michael G.; Donohue, John H.; Krishnan, Sunil

    2006-10-01

    Purpose: To determine the effects of adjuvant radiotherapy and chemotherapy for carcinoma of the ampulla of Vater. Methods and Materials: We retrospectively reviewed the records of 125 patients who underwent definitive surgery for carcinomas involving the ampulla of Vater between April 1977 and February 2005 and who survived more than 50 days after surgery. Twenty-nine of the patients also received adjuvant radiotherapy (median dose, 50.4 Gy in 28 fractions) with concurrent 5-fluorouracil chemotherapy. Adverse prognostic factors were investigated, and overall survival (OS) and local and distant failure were estimated. Results: Adverse prognostic factors for decreased OS by univariate analysis included lymph node (LN) involvement, locally advanced tumors (T3/T4), and poor histologic grade. By multivariate analysis, positive LN status (p = 0.02) alone was associated with decreased OS. The addition of adjuvant radiotherapy and chemotherapy improved OS for patients with positive LN (p = 0.01). Median survival for positive LN patients receiving adjuvant therapy was 3.4 years, vs. 1.6 years for those with surgery alone. Conclusions: The addition of adjuvant radiotherapy and 5-fluorouracil chemotherapy may improve OS in patients with LN involvement. The effect of adjuvant therapy on outcomes for patients with poor histologic grade or T3/T4 tumors without LN involvement could not be assessed.

  8. Upconversion Nanoparticles for Photodynamic Therapy and Other Cancer Therapeutics

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    Wang, Chao; Cheng, Liang; Liu, Zhuang

    2013-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a non-invasive treatment modality for a variety of diseases including cancer. PDT based on upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) has received much attention in recent years. Under near-infrared (NIR) light excitation, UCNPs are able to emit high-energy visible light, which can activate surrounding photosensitizer (PS) molecules to produce singlet oxygen and kill cancer cells. Owing to the high tissue penetration ability of NIR light, NIR-excited UCNPs can be used to activate PS molecules in much deeper tissues compared to traditional PDT induced by visible or ultraviolet (UV) light. In addition to the application of UCNPs as an energy donor in PDT, via similar mechanisms, they could also be used for the NIR light-triggered drug release or activation of 'caged' imaging or therapeutic molecules. In this review, we will summarize the latest progresses regarding the applications of UCNPs for photodynamic therapy, NIR triggered drug and gene delivery, as well as several other UCNP-based cancer therapeutic approaches. The future prospects and challenges in this emerging field will be also discussed. PMID:23650479

  9. Phthalocyanines And Their Sulfonated Derivatives As Photosensitizers In Photodynamic Therapy.

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    Riesz, Peter; Krishna, C. Murali

    1988-02-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) of human tumors with hematoporphyrin derivative (HpD) has achieved encouraging results. However, HpD is a complex mixture whose composition varies in different preparations and with time of storage. The future promise of PDT for cancer treatment depends on the development of new chemically defined sensitizers which absorb more strongly than HpD in the 600-800 nm region. A shift to higher wavelengths is desirable since it allows increased light penetration in human tissues. In vivo, these sensitizers should be non-toxic, localize selectively in tumors and generate cytotoxic species upon illumination with a high quantum yield. These damaging species may be singlet oxygen (1O2) produced by the transfer of energy from the triplet state of the sensitizer to oxygen (Type II) or superoxide anion radicals formed by electron transfer to oxygen or substrate radicals generated by electron or hydrogen transfer directly from the sensitizer (Type I). The recent work of several groups indicating that phthalocyanines and their water soluble derivatives are promising candidates for PDT is reviewed. The photophysics, photochemistry, photosensitized killing of cultured mammalian cells and the use for in vivo photodynamic therapy of phthalocyanines is outlined. Our studies of the post-illumination photohemolysis of human red blood cells as a model system for membrane photomodification sensitized by phthalocyanine sulfonates are consistent with the predominant role of 1O2 as the damaging species.

  10. Derivatives of 5-Aminolevulinic Acid for Photodynamic Therapy

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    Donnelly, Ryan F.; McCarron, Paul A.; Woolfson, A. David

    2007-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a clinical treatment that combines the effects of visible light irradiation with subsequent biochemical events that arise from the presence of a photosensitising drug (possessing no dark toxicity) to cause destruction of selected cells. Today, the most common agent used in dermatological PDT is 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA). As a result of its hydrophilic character, ALA penetrates skin lesions poorly when applied topically. Its systemic bioavailability is limited and it is known to cause significant side effects when given orally or intravenously. Numerous chemical derivatives of ALA have been synthesised with the aims of either improving topical penetration or enhancing systemic bioavailability, while reducing side effects. In vitro cell culture experiments with ALA derivatives have yielded promising results. However, if ALA derivatives are to demonstrate meaningful clinical benefits, a rational approach to topical formulation design is required, along with a systematic study aimed at uncovering the true potential of ALA derivatives in photodynamic therapy. With respect to systemic ALA delivery, more study is required in the developing area of ALA-containing dendrons and dendrimers. PMID:19812736

  11. Treatment of spontaneously occurring veterinary tumors with photodynamic therapy

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    Panjehpour, Masoud; Legendre, Alfred; Sneed, Rick E.; Overholt, Bergein F.

    1992-06-01

    Chloroaluminum phthalocyanine tetrasulfonate was administered intravenously (1.0 mg/kg) to client owned cats and a dog with spontaneously occurring squamous cell carcinoma of head and neck. Light was delivered 48 hours post injection of the photosensitizer. An argon- pumped dye-laser was used to illuminate the lesions with 675 nm light delivered through a microlens fiber and/or a cylindrical diffuser. The light dose was 100 J/cm2 superficially or 300 J/cm interstitially. Eleven photodynamic therapy treatments in seven cats and one dog were performed. Two cats received a second treatment in approximately sixty days after the initial treatment. The superficial dose of light was increased to 200 J/cm2 for the second treatment. While the longest follow-up is twelve months, the responses are encouraging. The dog had a complete response. Among the cats, three showed complete response, three showed partial response and one showed no response. One cat expired two days post treatment. It is early to evaluate the response in two cats that received second treatments. Photodynamic therapy with chloroaluminum phthalocyanine tetrasulfonate was effective in treating squamous cell carcinoma in pet animals.

  12. Hematoporphyrin derivative uptake and photodynamic therapy in pancreatic carcinoma

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    Schroder, T.; Chen, I.W.; Sperling, M.; Bell, R.H. Jr.; Brackett, K.; Joffe, S.N.

    1988-05-01

    Little information is currently available concerning the uptake of porphyrins by pancreatic tumors, or the effect of photodynamic therapy (PDT) on pancreatic cancer. In Syrian golden hamsters (n = 33), the organ distribution of /sup 125/I-labeled dihematoporphyrin ether (DHE) was studied in a pancreatic cancer model. In the same animal model the effect of PDT was studied using a gold vapor laser for energy delivery 3 hr after the injection of DHE (n = 7). DHE was 2.4 times more concentrated in the pancreatic tumor than in the nontumorous pancreas at 3 hr. Simultaneously there was a considerable accumulation of DHE in the surrounding gastrointestinal tract, causing perforation of the duodenum and jejunum with resultant death in four (57%) animals after PDT. Photodynamic therapy caused extensive tumor necrosis without any obvious effect on the nontumor-bearing pancreas. Damage to the surrounding tissue in the hamster indicates that precautions should be taken if PDT is to be used clinically in pancreatic cancer. Intratumoral injection of DHE may give higher drug concentrations with greater specificity for tumor treatment.

  13. Quantum dot-tetrapyrrole complexes as photodynamic therapy agents

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    Martynenko, Irina; Visheratina, Anastasia; Kuznetsova, Vera; Orlova, Anna; Maslov, Vladimir; Fedorov, Anatoly; Baranov, Alexander

    2015-07-01

    Photophysical properties of complexes of semiconductor quantum dots with conventional photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy (tetrapyrroles) were investigated. A luminescent study of complexes in aqueous solutions was performed using spectral- and time-resolved luminescence spectroscopy. It was found that increasing the photosensitizer relative concentration in complexes resulted in sharp drop of the nonradiative energy transfer efficiency and the quantum yield of the photosensitizer photoluminescence. This fact indicates that additional channels of nonradiative energy dissipation may take place in the complexes. Using complexes of Al(OH)-sulphophthalocyanine with CdSe/ZnS quantum dots in the aqueous solution as an typical example, we have demonstrated that new channels of the energy dissipation may arise due to aggregation of the photosensitizer molecules upon formation of the complexes with quantum dots. We also demonstrated that use of methods of complex formation preventing aggregation of photosensitizers allows to conserve the high energy transfer efficiency and quantum yield of the acceptor photoluminescence in complexes in wide range of the photosensitizer concentrations. We believe that our study allows obtaining new information about the physical mechanisms of nonradiative energy transfer in quantum dots-tetrapyrrole complexes perspective for photodynamic therapy.

  14. The use of photodynamic therapy to treat hidradenitis suppurativa a review and critical analysis.

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    Scheinfeld, Noah

    2015-01-01

    Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) is an inflammatory disease that results in abscesses, keloids, and fistulas. Acne inversa is likely to result from aberrant cellular immunity and dysfunction of the hair follicle in which coagulase negative staphylococcus (CONS) and perhaps other bacteria appear e.g Corynebacterium sp.to play a role by creating biofilms and stimulating the immune system. One treatment that has been proposed for HS is photodynamic therapy. The cases series reported are small and not double blinded. As of October of 2104, 8 articles with 64 patients report success with photodynamic therapy using 5-aminolevulinic acid (PDT-ALA) or its methyl ester (PDT-MAL). One of these 8 reports noted superiority of the free methylene blue gel over niosomal methylene blue gel. Another report described success in a 27-patient trial using intralesional 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) in saline at a concentration of 1%. This was administered at a dose of 0.2 ml per cm3 and an HS fistula was irradiated by a continuous 630-nm laser diode through a 1-mm thick optical fiber to 1 Watt per cm3 for 3 minutes (180 Joules). However, 3 articles reported failure with PDT-ALA or pulse dye laser-mediated photodynamic therapy (PDL-PDT) and one article note 1 failure and 1 success. We suggest that it is the ability of PDT-ALA or PDT-MAL to break up the bio-film produced by CONS and other antibacterial effects that account for its success in treating HS in patients in whom bio-film plays a pivotal part of their pathogenesis. Other effects are also possible as well. Other mechanisms by which PDT may improve HS include cytotoxic effects, which cause selective cell necrosis, and immunomodulatory effects. The data suggests that if PDT is to be used, it should be with MAL or intralesional ALA. Note that there are a variety of causes of HS. These include hyperkeratosis of in the follicular infundibulum, aberrant cellular immunity, down regulations of defensins in stage III HS, and the infiltration of neutrophils, mast cells, plasma cells, and lymphocytes into the affected follicle, among others. However, it is likely that in individual cases one cause is primary and others secondary. In conclusion, PDT is not a first line treatment for HS but in some cases could be added as an adjuvant to therapies such as clindamycin and rifampin. PMID:25612117

  15. Anti-CTLA-4 antibody adjuvant therapy in melanoma.

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    Eggermont, Alexander M M; Testori, Alessandro; Maio, Michele; Robert, Caroline

    2010-10-01

    Thus far the development of adjuvant therapies in melanoma has suffered greatly from the lack of effective drugs in stage IV melanoma. Chemotherapy, cytokines, vaccines, and combinations of drugs have been used with minimal success. This has led to adjuvant therapies that are not used uniformly or widely because of the rather marginal benefits, as no consistent and clinically significant impact on survival has been demonstrated. A new development for interferon-based adjuvant therapy seems to be the observation that better effects are observed in patients with lower tumor load and in patients with an ulcerated primary melanoma. A benefit for patients with more advanced lymphnodal involvement is quite unsure, clearly requiring new drugs to be explored. A new era in the treatment of melanoma treatment has arrived with the anti-cytoxic T-lymphocyte antigen-4 (anti-CTLA-4) monoclonal antibodies. The randomized trial in advanced metastatic melanoma demonstrated a clear benefit with prolongation of survival. The anti-CTLA-4 monoclonal antibody ipilimumab has finally changed the landscape. It is therefore only logical that a worldwide adjuvant trial with ipilimumab versus placebo, the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) 18071, is ongoing in patients with lymph node metastases, and that another adjuvant trial with ipilimumab compared to high-dose interferon (HDI) is planned in the United States. The EORTC 18071 trial will reach full accrual in 2011 and thus results are expected in 2013 or 2014. PMID:21074060

  16. Physical and mathematical modeling of antimicrobial photodynamic therapy

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    Bürgermeister, Lisa; López, Fernando Romero; Schulz, Wolfgang

    2014-07-01

    Antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT) is a promising method to treat local bacterial infections. The therapy is painless and does not cause bacterial resistances. However, there are gaps in understanding the dynamics of the processes, especially in periodontal treatment. This work describes the advances in fundamental physical and mathematical modeling of aPDT used for interpretation of experimental evidence. The result is a two-dimensional model of aPDT in a dental pocket phantom model. In this model, the propagation of laser light and the kinetics of the chemical reactions are described as coupled processes. The laser light induces the chemical processes depending on its intensity. As a consequence of the chemical processes, the local optical properties and distribution of laser light change as well as the reaction rates. The mathematical description of these coupled processes will help to develop treatment protocols and is the first step toward an inline feedback system for aPDT users.

  17. Physical and mathematical modeling of antimicrobial photodynamic therapy.

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    Bürgermeister, Lisa; López, Fernando Romero; Schulz, Wolfgang

    2014-07-01

    Antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT) is a promising method to treat local bacterial infections. The therapy is painless and does not cause bacterial resistances. However, there are gaps in understanding the dynamics of the processes, especially in periodontal treatment. This work describes the advances in fundamental physical and mathematical modeling of aPDT used for interpretation of experimental evidence. The result is a two-dimensional model of aPDT in a dental pocket phantom model. In this model, the propagation of laser light and the kinetics of the chemical reactions are described as coupled processes. The laser light induces the chemical processes depending on its intensity. As a consequence of the chemical processes, the local optical properties and distribution of laser light change as well as the reaction rates. The mathematical description of these coupled processes will help to develop treatment protocols and is the first step toward an inline feedback system for aPDT users. PMID:24849516

  18. Photosensitizer nanocarriers modeling for photodynamic therapy applied to dermatological diseases

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    Salas-García, I.; Fanjul-Vélez, F.; Ortega-Quijano, N.; López-Escobar, M.; Arce-Diego, J. L.

    2011-02-01

    Photodynamic Therapy involves the therapeutic use of photosensitizers in combination with visible light. The subsequent photochemical reactions generate reactive oxygen species which are considered the principal cytotoxic agents to induce cell death. This technique has become widely used in medicine to treat tumors and other nonmalignant diseases. However, there are several factors related to illumination or the photosensitizer that limit an optimal treatment outcome. The use of nanoparticles (NP) for PDT has been proposed as a solution to current shortcomings. In this way, there are NPs that act as carriers for photosensitizers, NPs that absorb the light and transfer the energy to the photosensitizer and NPs that are themselves photodynamically active. In dermatology, the use of topical photosensitizers produces a time dependent inhomogeneous distribution within the tumor, where the stratum corneum is the main barrier to the diffusion of the photosensitizer to the deeper layers of skin. This produces an insufficient photosensitizer accumulation in tumor tissues and therefore, a low therapeutic efficiency in the case of deep lesions. This work focuses in the use of NPs as photosensitizer carriers to improve the actual topical drug distribution in malignant skin tissues. We present a mathematical model of PS distribution in tumor tissue using NPs that takes into account parameters related to nanoparticles binding. Once the concentration profile of NPs into tissue is obtained, we use a photochemical model which allows us to calculate the temporal evolution of reactive oxygen species according to PS distribution calculated previously from NPs profile.

  19. Targeted photodynamic therapy for infected wounds in mice

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    Hamblin, Michael R.; O'Donnell, David A.; Zahra, Touqir; Contag, Christopher H.; McManus, Albert T.; Hasan, Tayyaba

    2002-06-01

    Although many workers have used photodynamic therapy to kill bacteria in vitro, the use of this approach has seldom been reported in vivo in animal models of infection. We report on the use of a targeted polycationic photosensitizer conjugate between poly-L-lysine and chlorin(e6) that can penetrate the Gram (-) outer membrane together with red laser light to kill Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa infecting excisional wounds in mice. We used genetically engineered luminescent bacteria that allowed the infection to be imaged in mouse wounds using a sensitive CCD camera. Wounds were infected with 5x106 bacteria, followed by application of the conjugate in solution and illumination. There was a light-dose dependent loss of luminescence as measured by image analysis in the wound treated with conjugate and light, not seen in control wounds. This strain of E coli is non-invasive and the infection in untreated wounds spontaneously resolved in a few days and all wounds healed equally well showing the photodynamic treatment did not damage the host tissue. P aeruginosa is highly invasive and mice with untreated or control wounds all died while 90% of PDT treated mice survived. PDT may have a role to play in the rapid treatment of infected wounds in view of the worldwide rise in antibiotic resistance.

  20. ALA-Butyrate prodrugs for Photo-Dynamic Therapy

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    Berkovitch, G.; Nudelman, A.; Ehenberg, B.; Rephaeli, A.; Malik, Z.

    2010-05-01

    The use of 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) administration has led to many applications of photodynamic therapy (PDT) in cancer. However, the hydrophilic nature of ALA limits its ability to penetrate the cells and tissues, and therefore the need for ALA derivatives became an urgent research target. In this study we investigated the activity of novel multifunctional acyloxyalkyl ester prodrugs of ALA that upon metabolic hydrolysis release active components such as, formaldehyde, and the histone deacetylase inhibitory moiety, butyric acid. Evaluation of these prodrugs under photo-irradiation conditions showed that butyryloxyethyl 5-amino-4-oxopentanoate (ALA-BAC) generated the most efficient photodynamic destruction compared to ALA. ALA-BAC stimulated a rapid biosynthesis of protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) in human glioblastoma U-251 cells which resulted in generation of intracellular ROS, reduction of mitochondrial activity, leading to apoptotic and necrotic death of the cells. The apoptotic cell death induced by ALA / ALA-BAC followed by PDT equally activate intrinsic and extrinsic apoptotic signals and both pathways may occur simultaneously. The main advantage of ALA-BAC over ALA stems from its ability to induce photo-damage at a significantly lower dose than ALA.

  1. Adjuvant Therapy for Gallbladder Carcinoma: The Mayo Clinic Experience

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    Gold, Douglas G.; Miller, Robert C. Haddock, Michael G.; Gunderson, Leonard L.; Quevedo, Fernando; Donohue, John H.; Bhatia, Sumita; Nagorney, David M.

    2009-09-01

    Purpose: To analyze the effect of adjuvant chemoradiotherapy on gallbladder carcinoma. Methods and Materials: We retrospectively reviewed the records from consecutive patients who underwent R0 resection of gallbladder carcinoma between January 1, 1985, and December 31, 2004. Patients had either Stage I (T1-T2N0M0) or Stage II (T3N0M0 or T1-T3N1M0) disease. Patients undergoing adjuvant therapy received 5-fluorouracil chemotherapy concurrently with radiotherapy (median dosage, 50.4 Gy in 28 fractions). Adverse prognostic factors and the effect of adjuvant treatment on overall survival (OS) were evaluated. Results: A total of 73 patients were included in the analysis; of these, 25 received adjuvant chemoradiotherapy. On univariate analysis, no adverse prognostic factors for OS reached statistical significance, but trends were noted for Stage N1 vs. N0 (p = .06), Nx vs. N0 (p = .09), Stage T3 vs. T1-T2 (p = .06), and histologic findings other than adenocarcinoma (p = .13). The median OS for patients receiving adjuvant chemoradiotherapy vs. surgery alone was 4.8 years and 4.2 years, respectively (log-rank test, p = .56). However, a significantly greater percentage of patients receiving adjuvant chemoradiotherapy had Stage II disease (p <.001). In the multivariate Cox model, increasing T and N category and histologic findings other than adenocarcinoma were significant predictors of decreased OS. Additionally, adjuvant chemoradiotherapy was a significant predictor of improved OS after adjusting for these prognostic factors (hazard ratio for death, 0.3; 95% confidence interval, 0.13-0.69; p = .004). Conclusion: After adjusting for the stage parameters and histologic findings, our data suggest that adjuvant chemoradiotherapy might improve OS for patients with gallbladder cancer.

  2. Photodynamic hyperthermal chemotherapy with indocyanine green: a novel cancer therapy for 16 cases of malignant soft tissue sarcoma

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    Onoyama, Masaki; Tsuka, Takeshi; Imagawa, Tomohiro; Osaki, Tomohiro; Minami, Saburo; Azuma, Kazuo; Kawashima, Kazuhiko; Ishi, Hiroshi; Takayama, Takahiro; Ogawa, Nobuhiko

    2014-01-01

    Sixteen cases of malignant soft tissue sarcoma (STS; 10 canines and six felines) were treated with a novel triple therapy that combined photodynamic therapy, hyperthermia using indocyanine green with a broadband light source, and local chemotherapy after surgical tumor resection. This triple therapy was called photodynamic hyperthermal chemotherapy (PHCT). In all cases, the surgical margin was insufficient. In one feline case, PHCT was performed without surgical resection. PHCT was performed over an interval of 1 to 2 weeks and was repeated three to 21 times. No severe side effects, including severe skin burns, necrosis, or skin suture rupture, were observed in any of the animals. No disease recurrence was observed in seven out of 10 (70.0%) dogs and three out of six (50.0%) cats over the follow-up periods ranging from 238 to 1901 days. These results suggest that PHCT decreases the risk of STS recurrence. PHCT should therefore be considered an adjuvant therapy for treating companion animals with STS in veterinary medicine. PMID:24136207

  3. Photodynamic hyperthermal chemotherapy with indocyanine green: a novel cancer therapy for 16 cases of malignant soft tissue sarcoma.

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    Onoyama, Masaki; Tsuka, Takeshi; Imagawa, Tomohiro; Osaki, Tomohiro; Minami, Saburo; Azuma, Kazuo; Kawashima, Kazuhiko; Ishi, Hiroshi; Takayama, Takahiro; Ogawa, Nobuhiko; Okamoto, Yoshiharu

    2014-01-01

    Sixteen cases of malignant soft tissue sarcoma (STS; 10 canines and six felines) were treated with a novel triple therapy that combined photodynamic therapy, hyperthermia using indocyanine green with a broadband light source, and local chemotherapy after surgical tumor resection. This triple therapy was called photodynamic hyperthermal chemotherapy (PHCT). In all cases, the surgical margin was insufficient. In one feline case, PHCT was performed without surgical resection. PHCT was performed over an interval of 1 to 2 weeks and was repeated three to 21 times. No severe side effects, including severe skin burns, necrosis, or skin suture rupture, were observed in any of the animals. No disease recurrence was observed in seven out of 10 (70.0%) dogs and three out of six (50.0%) cats over the follow-up periods ranging from 238 to 1901 days. These results suggest that PHCT decreases the risk of STS recurrence. PHCT should therefore be considered an adjuvant therapy for treating companion animals with STS in veterinary medicine. PMID:24136207

  4. Cytotoxic Efficacy of Photodynamic Therapy in Osteosarcoma Cells In Vitro

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    Botter, Sander M.; Born, Walter; Fuchs, Bruno

    2014-01-01

    In recent years, there has been the difficulty in finding more effective therapies against cancer with less systemic side effects. Therefore Photodynamic Therapy is a novel approach for a more tumor selective treatment. Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) that makes use of a nontoxic photosensitizer (PS), which, upon activation with light of a specific wavelength in the presence of oxygen, generates oxygen radicals that elicit a cytotoxic response1. Despite its approval almost twenty years ago by the FDA, PDT is nowadays only used to treat a limited number of cancer types (skin, bladder) and nononcological diseases (psoriasis, actinic keratosis)2. The major advantage of the use of PDT is the ability to perform a local treatment, which prevents systemic side effects. Moreover, it allows the treatment of tumors at delicate sites (e.g. around nerves or blood vessels). Here, an intraoperative application of PDT is considered in osteosarcoma (OS), a tumor of the bone, to target primary tumor satellites left behind in tumor surrounding tissue after surgical tumor resection. The treatment aims at decreasing the number of recurrences and at reducing the risk for (postoperative) metastasis. In the present study, we present in vitro PDT procedures to establish the optimal PDT settings for effective treatment of widely used OS cell lines that are used to reproduce the human disease in well established intratibial OS mouse models. The uptake of the PS mTHPC was examined with a spectrophotometer and phototoxicity was provoked with laser light excitation of mTHPC at 652 nm to induce cell death assessed with a WST-1 assay and by the counting of surviving cells. The established techniques enable us to define the optimal PDT settings for future studies in animal models. They are an easy and quick tool for the evaluation of the efficacy of PDT in vitro before an application in vivo. PMID:24686859

  5. Porphyrin-based Nanostructure-Dependent Photodynamic and Photothermal Therapies

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    Jin, Cheng S.

    This thesis presents the investigation of nanostructure-dependent phototherapy. We reviewed the liposomal structures for delivery of photosensitizers, and introduced a novel class of phototransducing liposomes called "porphysomes". Porphysomes are self-assembled from high packing density of pyropheophorbide alpha-conjugated phospholipids, resulting in extreme self-quenching of porphyrin fluorescence and comparable optical absorption to gold nanoparticles for high photothermal efficiency. We demonstrated this self-assembly of porphyrin-lipid conjugates converts a singlet oxygen generating mechanism (photodynamic therapy PDT activity) of porphyrin to photothermal mechanism (photothermal therapy PTT activity). The efficacy of porphysome-enhanced PTT was then evaluated on two pre-clinical animal models. We validated porphysome-enabled focal PTT to treat orthotopic prostate cancer using MRI-guided focal laser placement to closely mimic the current clinic procedure. Furthermore, porphysome-enabled fluorescence-guided transbronchial PTT of lung cancer was demonstrated in rabbit orthotopic lung cancer models, which led to the development of an ultra-minimally invasive therapy for early-stage peripheral lung cancer. On the other hand, the nanostructure-mediated conversion of PDT to PTT can be switched back by nanoparticle dissociation. By incorporating folate-conjugated phospholipids into the formulation, porphysomes were internalized into cells rapidly via folate receptor-mediated endocytosis and resulted in efficient disruption of nanostructures, which turned back on the photodynamic activity of densely packed porphyrins, making a closed loop of conversion between PDT and PTT. The multimodal imaging and therapeutic features of porphysome make it ideal for future personalized cancer treatments.

  6. In vitro study for photodynamic therapy using Fotolon in glioma treatment

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    Abdel Hamid, Sara; Zimmermann, Wolfgang; Huettenberger, Dirk; Wittig, Rainer; Abdel Kader, Mahmoud; Stepp, Herbert

    2015-07-01

    Several forms of Chlorin e6 and its derivatives are reported as efficient photosensitizers (PS) studied in Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) for oncologic applications. Fotolon® is a pure form of Chlorin e6 trisodium salt developed by Apocare Pharma.

  7. Role of inflammatory cytokines in the response of solid cancers to photodynamic therapy

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    Korbelik, Mladen; Sun, Jinghai; Cecic, Ivana; Dougherty, Graeme J.

    2001-04-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) elicits a strong acute inflammatory response that has both local and systemic (acute phase response) attributes. The insult mediated by PDT-induced oxidative stress at the targeted site triggers a complex multifactorial response engaging host defence mechanisms associated with the inflammatory process to participate in the eradication of the treated tumor. Inflammatory cytokines are important mediators of critical events in this process as they regulate the activity of inflammatory, endothelial and other cells. The initial stimulus for enhanced production and release of cytokines likely originates from several types of events, such as activated transcription factors and complement deposition. The PDT-induced complement activation appears to be directly linked to the enhanced expression of various cytokines, including chemokines such as KC (in mouse models), and classic inflammatory cytokines such as IL-1β, TNF-α , IL-6 and IL-10. A variety of interventions that modulate the activity of particular cytokines performed in conjunction with PDT were shown to influence the therapy outcome. The treatments such as using blocking antibodies and local or systemic cytokine delivery may either reduce or dramatically improve the curative effect of PDT. The inflammatory and related cytokines that at present appear particularly interesting and merit further investigation for use as adjuvants to PDT are IL-3, IL-8, IL-15, TNF-α, IFN-γ, G-CSF and GM-CSF.

  8. Physicochemical properties of potential porphyrin photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy

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    Kempa, Marta; Kozub, Patrycja; Kimball, Joseph; Rojkiewicz, Marcin; Kuś, Piotr; Gryczyński, Zugmunt; Ratuszna, Alicja

    2015-07-01

    This research evaluated the suitability of synthetic photosensitizers for their use as potential photosensitizers in photodynamic therapy using steady state and time-resolved spectroscopic techniques. Four tetraphenylporphyrin derivatives were studied in ethanol and dimethyl sulfoxide. The spectroscopic properties namely electronic absorption and emission spectra, ability to generate singlet oxygen, lifetimes of the triplet state, as well as their fluorescence quantum yield were determined. Also time-correlated single photon counting method was used to precisely determine fluorescence lifetimes for all four compounds. Tested compounds exhibit high generation of singlet oxygen, low generation of fluorescence and they are chemical stable during irradiation. The studies show that the tested porphyrins satisfy the conditions of a potential drug in terms of physicochemical properties.

  9. Photodynamic therapy in Barrett's esophagus: review of current results

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    Panjehpour, Masoud; Overholt, Bergein F.

    1996-04-01

    Photodynamic therapy has been established as an alternative treatment for patients with Barrett's esophagus with dysplasia or early superficial cancer. Twenty-three patients have been treated and followed for 6 - 54 months. Twenty-one patients had high grade dysplasia and 2 had low grade dysplasia. Ten patients had early cancer (Tis-T1) and 1 had T2 cancer. All patients were maintained on omeprazole after treatment. Three separate PDT treatments were required in 2 patients, 2 in 5 patients and 1 in 16. Dysplasia and carcinoma were eliminated in all. Seventy-five to eighty percent of Barrette's mucosa was replaced by squamous epithelium. One patient developed a new carcinoma in an area of dysplasia treated 3 months earlier and was retreated successfully. Two patients developed new areas of dysplasia in untreated segments of the Barrett's esophagus, requiring a separate treatment. Twelve patients developed strictures, all responding well to dilatation.

  10. Effects of verteporfin-mediated photodynamic therapy on endothelial cells

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    Kraus, Daniel; Chen, Bin

    2015-03-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a treatment modality in which cytotoxic reactive oxygen species are generated from oxygen and other biological molecules when a photosensitizer is activated by light. PDT has been approved for the treatment of cancers and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) due to its effectiveness in cell killing and manageable normal tissue complications. In this study, we characterized the effects of verteporfin-PDT on SVEC mouse endothelial cells and determined its underlying cell death mechanisms. We found that verteporfin was primarily localized in mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) in SVEC cells. Light treatment of photosensitized SVEC cells induced a rapid onset of cell apoptosis. In addition to significant structural damages to mitochondria and ER, verteporfin-PDT caused substantial degradation of ER signaling molecules, suggesting ER stress. These results demonstrate that verteporfin-PDT triggered SVEC cell apoptosis by both mitochondrial and ER stress pathways. Results from this study may lead to novel therapeutic approaches to enhance PDT outcome.

  11. Photodynamic therapy against common bacteria causing wound and skin infections.

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    Wardlaw, J L; Sullivan, T J; Lux, C N; Austin, F W

    2012-06-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) uses the combination of a photosensitising (PS) agent and visible light. Historically, various injectable PS agents have been used with medical grade lasers to treat neoplasia. The objective of this in vitro study was to determine whether PDT using topical aminolevulinic acid (ALA) with a non-coherent light source would kill common wound infecting bacteria, namely, Staphylococcus intermedius, Streptococcus canis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Escherichia coli. Bacterial strains were sensitised to light with ALA before exposing to the non-coherent light source. Colony counts were performed in triplicate and compared to controls. When compared with controls there was a significant decrease in bacterial survival following PDT for all organisms except E. coli. A single treatment required 2-3h of light exposure. These data suggest that PDT may be a possible treatment option for wound infections but repeated treatments or alterations in the PS or its carrier will be needed to decrease treatment times. PMID:22000592

  12. Photodynamic therapy: Theoretical and experimental approaches to dosimetry

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    Wang, Ken Kang-Hsin

    Singlet oxygen (1O2) is the major cytotoxic species generated during photodynamic therapy (PDT), and 1O 2 reactions with biological targets define the photodynamic dose at the most fundamental level. We have developed a theoretical model for rigorously describing the spatial and temporal dynamics of oxygen (3O 2) consumption and transport and microscopic 1O 2 dose deposition during PDT in vivo. Using experimentally established physiological and photophysical parameters, the mathematical model allows computation of the dynamic variation of hemoglobin-3O 2 saturation within vessels, irreversible photosensitizer degradation due to photobleaching, therapy-induced blood flow decrease and the microscopic distributions of 3O2 and 1O 2 dose deposition under various irradiation conditions. mTHPC, a promising photosensitizer for PDT, is approved in Europe for the palliative treatment of head and neck cancer. Using the theoretical model and informed by intratumor sensitizer concentrations and distributions, we calculated photodynamic dose depositions for mTHPC-PDT. Our results demonstrate that the 1O 2 dose to the tumor volume does not track even qualitatively with long-term tumor responses. Thus, in this evaluation of mTHPC-PDT, any PDT dose metric that is proportional to singlet oxygen creation and/or deposition would fail to predict the tumor response. In situations like this one, other reporters of biological response to therapy would be necessary. In addition to the case study of mTHPC-PDT, we also use the mathematical model to simulate clinical photobleaching data, informed by a possible blood flow reduction during treatment. In a recently completed clinical trial at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, patients with superficial basal cell carcinoma received topical application of 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) and were irradiated with 633 nm light at 10-150 mW cm-2 . Protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) photobleaching in the lesion and the adjacent perilesion normal margin was monitored by fluorescence spectroscopy. We successfully simulate the in vivo photobleaching of PpIX in this patient population over a wide range of irradiances using the PDT model. For most cases, the rate of bleaching slows as treatment progresses, leaving a fraction of the PpIX unbleached despite sustained irradiation. To account for this feature, the model predicts that incorporation of ALA-PDT-induced blood flow reduction is necessary. In addition to using the theoretical method to understand the dose deposited by photodynamic therapy, experimentally, we propose a potential dose metric for Pc 4-PDT. Pc 4 is a promising second generation photosensitizer that is now in Phase I clinical trials for the treatment of cutaneous lesions. We have observed a significant irradiation-induced increase in Pc 4 fluorescence in tumor cell monolayers. The amount of the fluorescence increase observed in vitro strongly correlates to the cell death and mitochondrial swelling reported by the clonogenic cell survival assay and light scattering measurements, respectively. Based on those biological responses, we anticipate that irradiation-induced fluorescence enhancement in Pc 4-PDT may be a potential dose metric.

  13. Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infection

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    Fu, Xiu-jun; Fang, Yong; Yao, Min

    2013-01-01

    Nowadays methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is one of the most common multidrug resistant bacteria both in hospitals and in the community. In the last two decades, there has been growing concern about the increasing resistance to MRSA of the most potent antibiotic glycopeptides. MRSA infection poses a serious problem for physicians and their patients. Photosensitizer-mediated antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (PDT) appears to be a promising and innovative approach for treating multidrug resistant infection. In spite of encouraging reports of the use of antimicrobial PDT to inactivate MRSA in large in vitro studies, there are only few in vivo studies. Therefore, applying PDT in the clinic for MRSA infection is still a long way off. PMID:23555074

  14. Photodynamic therapy of head and neck cancer with different sensitizers

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    Vakoulovskaya, Elena G.; Shental, Victor V.; Abdoullin, N. A.; Kuvshinov, Yury P.; Tabolinovskaia, T. D.; Edinak, N. J.; Poddubny, Boris K.; Kondratjeva, T. T.; Meerovich, Gennadii A.; Stratonnikov, Alexander A.; Linkov, Kirill G.; Agafonov, Valery V.

    1997-12-01

    This paper deals with the results of clinical trials for sulfated aluminum phthalocyanine (PHS) (Photosens, Russia; Photogeme (PG) in Russia. The results of photodynamic therapy (PDT) of head and neck tumors (HNT), side effects and ways of their correction and prevention, as well as possibility to work out less toxic regimes of PDT with photosense, choice of laser and type of irradiation are discussed. PDT have been provided in 79 patients with different head and neck tumors. Efficacy of PDT depended on tumor size and its histological type. Undesirable changes in plasma content of antioxidants by means of high pressure liquid chromatography (HLPC) have been found in patients after PHS injection. Influence of short-term and long-term supplementation with beta-carotene and vitamin E on this parameters are discussed.

  15. Physicochemical properties of potential porphyrin photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy.

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    Kempa, Marta; Kozub, Patrycja; Kimball, Joseph; Rojkiewicz, Marcin; Ku?, Piotr; Gryczy?ski, Zugmunt; Ratuszna, Alicja

    2015-07-01

    This research evaluated the suitability of synthetic photosensitizers for their use as potential photosensitizers in photodynamic therapy using steady state and time-resolved spectroscopic techniques. Four tetraphenylporphyrin derivatives were studied in ethanol and dimethyl sulfoxide. The spectroscopic properties namely electronic absorption and emission spectra, ability to generate singlet oxygen, lifetimes of the triplet state, as well as their fluorescence quantum yield were determined. Also time-correlated single photon counting method was used to precisely determine fluorescence lifetimes for all four compounds. Tested compounds exhibit high generation of singlet oxygen, low generation of fluorescence and they are chemical stable during irradiation. The studies show that the tested porphyrins satisfy the conditions of a potential drug in terms of physicochemical properties. PMID:25819312

  16. Photodynamic therapy in dermatology: past, present, and future

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    Darlenski, Razvigor; Fluhr, Joachim W.

    2013-06-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a noninvasive therapeutic method first introduced in the field of dermatology. It is mainly used for the treatment of precancerous and superficial malignant skin tumors. Today PDT finds new applications not only for nononcologic dermatoses but also in the field of other medical specialties such as otorhinolaryngology, ophthalmology, neurology, gastroenterology, and urology. We are witnessing a broadening of the spectrum of skin diseases that are treated by PDT. Since its introduction, PDT protocol has evolved significantly in terms of increasing method efficacy and patient safety. In this era of evidence-based medicine, it is expected that much effort will be put into creating a worldwide accepted consensus on PDT. A review on the current knowledge of PDT is given, and the historical basis of the method's evolution since its introduction in the 1900s is presented. At the end, future challenges of PDT are focused on discussing gaps that exist for research in the field.

  17. Current evidence and applications of photodynamic therapy in dermatology

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    Wan, Marilyn T; Lin, Jennifer Y

    2014-01-01

    In photodynamic therapy (PDT) a photosensitizer – a molecule that is activated by light – is administered and exposed to a light source. This leads both to destruction of cells targeted by the particular type of photosensitizer, and immunomodulation. Given the ease with which photosensitizers and light can be delivered to the skin, it should come as no surprise that PDT is an increasingly utilized therapeutic in dermatology. PDT is used commonly to treat precancerous cells, sun-damaged skin, and acne. It has reportedly also been used to treat other conditions including inflammatory disorders and cutaneous infections. This review discusses the principles behind how PDT is used in dermatology, as well as evidence for current applications of PDT. PMID:24899818

  18. Cationic porphycenes as potential photosensitizers for antimicrobial photodynamic therapy

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    Ragàs, Xavier; Sánchez-García, David; Ruiz-González, Rubén; Dai, Tianhong; Agut, Montserrat; Hamblin, Michael R.; Nonell, Santi

    2010-01-01

    Structures of typical photosensitizers used in antimicrobial photodynamic therapy are based on porphyrins, phthalocyanines and phenothiazinium salts, with cationic charges at physiological pH values. However derivatives of the porphycene macrocycle (a structural isomer of porphyrin) have barely been investigated as antimicrobial agents. Therefore, we report the synthesis of the first tricationic water-soluble porphycene and its basic photochemical properties. We successfully tested it for in vitro photoinactivation of different Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, as well as a fungal species (Candida) in a drug-dose and light-dose dependent manner. We also used the cationic porphycene in vivo to treat an infection model comprising mouse 3rd degree burns infected with a bioluminescent methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strain. There was a 2.6-log10 reduction (p < 0.001) of the bacterial bioluminescence for the PDT-treated group after irradiation with 180 J·cm-2 of red light. PMID:20936792

  19. Photodynamic Therapy with Blended Conducting Polymer/Fullerene Nanoparticle Photosensitizers.

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    Doshi, Mona; Gesquiere, Andre J

    2015-01-01

    In this article a method for the fabrication and reproducible in-vitro evaluation of conducting polymer nanoparticles blended with fullerene as the next generation photosensitizers for Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is reported. The nanoparticles are formed by hydrophobic interaction of the semiconducting polymer MEH-PPV (poly[2-methoxy-5-(2-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene]) with the fullerene PCBM (phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester) in the presence of a non-compatible solvent. MEH-PPV has a high extinction coefficient that leads to high rates of triplet formation, and efficient charge and energy transfer to the fullerene PCBM. The latter processes enhance the efficiency of the PDT system through fullerene assisted triplet and radical formation, and ultrafast deactivation of MEH-PPV excited stated. The results reported here show that this nanoparticle PDT sensitizing system is highly effective and shows unexpected specificity to cancer cell lines. PMID:26556528

  20. Enhancing antibiofilm efficacy in antimicrobial photodynamic therapy: effect of microbubbles

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    Kishen, Anil; George, Saji

    2013-02-01

    In this study, we tested the hypothesis that a microbubble containing photosensitizer when activated with light would enable comprehensive disinfection of bacterial biofilms in infected root dentin by antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (APDT). Experiments were conducted in two stages. In the stage-1, microbubble containing photosensitizing formulation was tested for its photochemical properties. In the stage-2, the efficacy of microbubble containing photosensitizing formulation was tested on in vitro infected root canal model, developed with monospecies biofilm models of Enterococcus faecalis on root dentin substrate. The findings from this study showed that the microbubble containing photosensitizing formulation was overall the most effective formulation for photooxidation, generation of singlet oxygen, and in disinfecting the biofilm bacteria in the infected root canal model. This modified photosensitizing formulation will have potential advantages in eliminating bacterial biofilms from infected root dentin.

  1. Photodynamic therapy of cancer with the photosensitizer PHOTOGEM

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    Sokolov, Victor V.; Chissov, Valery I.; Filonenko, E. V.; Sukhin, Garry M.; Yakubovskaya, Raisa I.; Belous, T. A.; Zharkova, Natalia N.; Kozlov, Dmitrij N.; Smirnov, V. V.

    1995-01-01

    The first clinical trials of photodynamic therapy (PDT) in Russia were started in P. A. Hertzen Moscow Research Oncology Institute in October of 1992. Up to now, 61 patients with primary or recurrent malignant tumors of the larynx (3), trachea (1), bronchus (11), nose (1), mouth (3), esophagus (12), vagina and uterine cervix (3), bladder (2), skin (6), and cutaneous and subcutaneous metastases of breast cancer and melanomas (6) have been treated by PDT with the photosensitizer Photogem. At least partial tumor response was observed in all of the cases, but complete remission indicating no evident tumors has been reached in 51% of the cases. Among 29 patients with early and first stage cancer 14 patients had multifocal tumors. Complete remission of tumors in this group reached 86%.

  2. Blue laser system for photo-dynamic therapy

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    Dabu, R.; Carstocea, B.; Blanaru, C.; Pacala, O.; Stratan, A.; Ursu, D.; Stegaru, F.

    2007-03-01

    A blue laser system for eye diseases (age related macular degeneration, sub-retinal neo-vascularisation in myopia and presumed ocular histoplasmosis syndrome - POHS) photo-dynamic therapy, based on riboflavin as photosensitive substance, has been developed. A CW diode laser at 445 nm wavelength was coupled through an opto-mechanical system to the viewing path of a bio-microscope. The laser beam power in the irradiated area is adjustable between 1 mW and 40 mW, in a spot of 3-5 mm diameter. The irradiation time can be programmed in the range of 1-19 minutes. Currently, the laser system is under clinic tests.

  3. Evaluating Photodynamic Therapy Efficacy Using Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

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    Fekry, O.; El-Batanouny, M. H.; El-Begawy, M. B.; Harith, M. A.

    2011-09-01

    Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS), is an excellent tool for trace elemental analysis, was exploited for a detecting concentrations of calcium and magnesium in malignant tissues before and after PDT. Calcium and magnesium concentrations are known tobe high in malignancy. Tissues were injected with methylene blue photosensitizer with concentrations 0.5%, 1% and 2%. Two different light sources were used with two different energy densities/each light sources. The results showed a decrease in tissue elements content after PDT application for both calcium and magnesium compared to before PDT application as shown in the tissue spectral lines' intensities which has been reflected in. Type of light source showed no effect on tissue elements content which showed slight differences among the different energy densities. It has been shown that LIBS technique can be adopted method to monitor tumor photodynamic therapy applications.

  4. Nanosized ZSM-5 will improve photodynamic therapy using Methylene blue.

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    Kariminezhad, H; Habibi, M; Mirzababayi, N

    2015-07-01

    Nowadays, nanotechnology is growing to improve Photodynamic Therapy and reduce its side effects. In this research, the synthesized co-polymeric Zeolite Secony Mobile-5 (ZSM-5) was employed to modify Methylene Blue (MB) for these reasons. UV-Visible, FTIR, XRD analysis and SEM images were used to investigate obtained nanostructure. The crystal size for these nanostructures were determined 75 nm and maximum adsorption capacity of MB in the nanostructure was estimated 111 (mg g(-1)). Also, the role of Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) was studied as a capable non-toxic polymeric coating to overcome biological barriers. Moreover, potential of singlet oxygen production of the synthesized nanostructure was compared with MB and ZSM-5 nanoparticles control samples. Synthesized nanodrugs show impressive light induced singlet oxygen production efficiency. PMID:25900556

  5. Self-assembled liposomal nanoparticles in photodynamic therapy

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    Sadasivam, Magesh; Avci, Pinar; Gupta, Gaurav K.; Lakshmanan, Shanmugamurthy; Chandran, Rakkiyappan; Huang, Ying-Ying; Kumar, Raj; Hamblin, Michael R.

    2013-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) employs the combination of non-toxic photosensitizers (PS) together with harmless visible light of the appropriate wavelength to produce reactive oxygen species that kill unwanted cells. Because many PS are hydrophobic molecules prone to aggregation, numerous drug delivery vehicles have been tested to solubilize these molecules, render them biocompatible and enhance the ease of administration after intravenous injection. The recent rise in nanotechnology has markedly expanded the range of these nanoparticulate delivery vehicles beyond the well-established liposomes and micelles. Self-assembled nanoparticles are formed by judicious choice of monomer building blocks that spontaneously form a well-oriented 3-dimensional structure that incorporates the PS when subjected to the appropriate conditions. This self-assembly process is governed by a subtle interplay of forces on the molecular level. This review will cover the state of the art in the preparation and use of self-assembled liposomal nanoparticles within the context of PDT. PMID:24348377

  6. Mechanisms of vessel damage in photodynamic therapy (Invited Paper)

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    Fingar, Victor H.; Wieman, Thomas J.

    1992-06-01

    Vessel constriction and platelet aggregation are observed within the first minutes of light exposure to photosensitized tissues and lead to blood flow stasis, tissue hypoxia, and nutrient depravation. The mechanism for these vessel changes remains unknown, although the release of eicosanoids is implicated. We propose the following hypothesis: Photodynamic therapy results in specific perturbations of endothelial cells which results in a combination of membrane damage, mitochondrial damage, and rearrangement of cytoskeletal proteins. This results in cellular stress which leads to interruption of tight junctions along the endothelium and cell rounding. Cell rounding exposes the basement membrane proteins causing activation of platelets and leukocytes. Activated platelets and leukocytes release thromboxane and other eicosanoids. These eicosanoids induce vasoconstriction, platelet aggregation, increases in vessel permeability, and blood flow stasis.

  7. Intraoperative photodynamic therapy on spontaneous canine nasal tumors

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    Fonda, Diego; Mortellaro, Carlo M.; Romussi, Stefano; Taroni, Paola; Cubeddu, Rinaldo

    1994-09-01

    Promising results obtained by photodynamic therapy (PDT) with porphyrins on superficial spontaneous canine tumors suggested the experiment of this technique on intracavitary tumors, specifically at the endonasal site. The supposed neoplastic residual bed was irradiated directly during surgery at the end of the debulking. Five dogs referred to the surgical department of the veterinary school, University of Milan and affected by endonasal neoplasias were submitted to PDT after radiologic and cyto-histologic diagnosis and TNM stadiation. All the selected tumors were included in the clinical stage 1 (T1NOMO). Mean and median survival time (from the day of treatment) were 11.6 - 5.4 and 12 months, respectively. Different staging of the treated tumors limits the possibility of an objective comparison with other alternative therapeutic procedures.

  8. Dendritic nanoconjugates of photosensitizer for targeted photodynamic therapy.

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    Yuan, Ahu; Yang, Bing; Wu, Jinhui; Hu, Yiqiao; Ming, Xin

    2015-07-01

    Application of photodynamic therapy for treating cancers has been restrained by suboptimal delivery of photosensitizers to cancer cells. Nanoparticle (NP)-based delivery has become an important strategy to improve tumor delivery of photosensitizers; however, the success is still limited. One problem for many NPs is poor penetration into tumors, and thus the photokilling is not complete. We aimed to use chemical conjugation method to engineer small NPs for superior cancer cell uptake and tumor penetration. Thus, Chlorin e6 (Ce6) was covalently conjugated to PAMAM dendrimer (generation 7.0) that was also modified by tumor-targeting RGD peptide. With multiple Ce6 molecules in a single nanoconjugate molecule, the resultant targeted nanoconjugates showed uniform and monodispersed size distribution with a diameter of 28 nm. The singlet oxygen generation efficiency and fluorescence intensity of the nanoconjugates in aqueous media were significantly higher than free Ce6. Targeted nanoconjugates demonstrated approximately 16-fold enhancement in receptor-specific cellular delivery of Ce6 into integrin-expressing A375 cells compared to free Ce6 and thus were able to cause massive cell killing at low nanomolar concentrations under photo-irradiation. In contrast, they did not cause significant toxicity up to 2 ?M in dark. Due to their small size, the targeted nanoconjugates could penetrate deeply into tumor spheroids and produced strong photo-toxicity in this 3-D tumor model. As a result of their great cellular delivery, small size, and lack of dark cytotoxicity, the nanoconjugates may provide an effective tool for targeted photodynamic therapy of solid tumors. PMID:25900441

  9. Sequential whole bladder photodynamic therapy treatments: A preclinical study.

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    Nseyo, U O; Kim, H; Debord, J; Tate, K; Dehaven, J

    1997-01-01

    We postulated that sequential whole bladder photodynamic therapy (WBPDT) treatments with a low WBPDT dose would result in improved safety profile and good local tumor control. However, the drawback with such a proposal is the potential cumulative effect of sequential WBPDT treatments on bladder function. We designed this preclinical study to determine the safety of sequential WBPDT treatments. Six female dogs underwent a single WBPDT treatment comprising 1.5 mg/kg of Photofrin® and 15 J/cm(2) of light. Four dogs received a second treatment; and three dogs received three treatments. Pre- and post-WBPDT evaluations included cystoscopy and saline cystometry at baseline, 1 week, and 12 weeks. Gross and histopathologic analysis of cystectomy specimens occurred at 1 and 12 weeks. A single photodynamic therapy (PDT) treatment induced average bladder capacity losses of 11% (0-33) and 0% at post-WBPDT weeks 1 and 12, respectively. A second sequential WBPDT treatment caused average bladder capacity losses of 36% (0-57%) and 17% (2-24%) at weeks 1 and 12, respectively. Three sequential WBPDT treatments induced average bladder capacity losses of 22% (0-42) and 0% at weeks 1 and 12, respectively. Full recovery in bladder capacity occurred in all cases except after the second sequential treatment, which induced a persistent bladder capacity loss of 17% at 12 weeks. Histopathologic analysis of cystectomy specimens revealed a focal discernible injury to the superficial muscle in only one of the dogs that received three treatments. We conclude that sequential WBPDT treatments using low dose PDT Photofrin® (1.5 mg/kg and light ?15 J/cm(2)) is safe, and we recommend using this low WBPDT dose in clinical investigation. PMID:21227049

  10. System for integrated interstitial photodynamic therapy and dosimetric monitoring

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    Johansson, Ann; Soto Thompson, Marcelo; Johansson, Thomas; Bendsoe, Niels; Svanberg, Katarina; Svanberg, Sune; Andersson-Engels, Stefan

    2005-04-01

    Photodynamic therapy for the treatment of cancer relies on the presence of light, sensitizer and oxygen. By monitoring these three parameters during the treatment a better understanding and treatment control could possibly be achieved. Here we present data from in vivo treatments of solid skin tumors using an instrument for interstitial photodynamic therapy with integrated dosimetric monitoring. By using intra-tumoral ALA-administration and interstitial light delivery solid tumors are targeted. The same fibers are used for measuring the fluence rate at the treatment wavelength, the sensitizer fluorescence and the local blood oxygen saturation during the treatment. The data presented is based on 10 treatments in 8 patients with thick basal cell carcinomas. The fluence rate measurements at 635 nm indicate a major treatment induced absorption increase, leading to a limited light penetration at the treatment wavelength. This leads to a far from optimal treatment since the absorption increase prevents peripheral tumor regions from being fully treated. An interactive treatment has been implemented assisting the physician in delivering the correct light dose. The absorption increase can be compensated for by either prolonging the treatment time or increasing the output power of each individual treatment fiber. The other parameters of importance, i.e. the sensitizer fluorescence at 705 nm and the local blood oxygen saturation, are monitored in order to get an estimate of the amount of photobleaching and oxygen consumption. Based on the oxygen saturation signal, a fractionized irradiation can be introduced in order to allow for a re-oxygenation of the tissue.

  11. Photodynamic therapy repeated without reinjection of Photofrin (porfimer sodium)

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    McCaughan, James S.

    1998-05-01

    Background and objective: To compare the effectiveness in decreasing the amount of obstruction caused by endobronchial tumors when they are retreated with photodynamic therapy (PDT) several weeks after injection of PhotofrinR (porfimer sodium). Study design, materials and methods: The percentage of endobronchial obstruction from tumors before PDT and at the end of toilet bronchoscopy of 91 sites with PDT performed within 4 days after injection of porfimer sodium was compared to that obtained when PDT was repeated without re-injection of porfimer sodium in the time frames 2 - 4 weeks after injection to 11 sites and the period 4 - 8 weeks after injection to 17 sites. All patients were injected intravenously with 60 mg of PhotofrinR per square meter of body surface and all treatments were done with a power density of 500 mW/CF and a light dose of 400 J/CF delivered from cylinder diffusing fibers. Results: Paired Student's t tests and Wilcoxon signed ranks tests showed significant decreases in the percentage of endobronchial obstruction regardless of whether the PDT was first performed or repeated. Unpaired Student's t tests and Mann-Whitney U statistical comparisons showed a significant difference between the decrease of obstruction when treatment was performed within the first 4 days after injection (mean 41%) as compared to the repeated group 2 to 4 weeks after injection (mean 16%) and the group treated 4 to 8 weeks after injection (mean 19%). However there was no significant difference in the amount of decrease of obstruction between the 2 - 4 week group and the 4 - 8 week group. Conclusions: Photodynamic therapy to relieve endobronchial obstruction can be repeated without reinjection of PhotofrinR up to 8 weeks after injection with a significant decrease in the amount of obstruction. However, it will only be about 1/3 as effective as the initial treatment performed within the first four days of injection.

  12. Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy to Kill Gram-negative Bacteria

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    Sperandio, Felipe F; Huang, Ying-Ying; Hamblin, Michael R

    2013-01-01

    Antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (PDT) or photodynamic inactivation (PDI) is a new promising strategy to eradicate pathogenic microorganisms such as Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, yeasts and fungi. The search for new approaches that can kill bacteria but do not induce the appearance of undesired drug-resistant strains suggests that PDT may have advantages over traditional antibiotic therapy. PDT is a non-thermal photochemical reaction that involves the simultaneous presence of visible light, oxygen and a dye or photosensitizer (PS). Several PS have been studied for their ability to bind to bacteria and efficiently generate reactive oxygen species (ROS) upon photostimulation. ROS are formed through type I or II mechanisms and may inactivate several classes of microbial cells including Gram-negative bacteria such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which are typically characterized by an impermeable outer cell membrane that contains endotoxins and blocks antibiotics, dyes, and detergents, protecting the sensitive inner membrane and cell wall. This review covers significant peer-reviewed articles together with US and World patents that were filed within the past few years and that relate to the eradication of Gram-negative bacteria via PDI or PDT. It is organized mainly according to the nature of the PS involved and includes natural or synthetic food dyes; cationic dyes such as methylene blue and toluidine blue; tetrapyrrole derivatives such as phthalocyanines, chlorins, porphyrins, chlorophyll and bacteriochlorophyll derivatives; functionalized fullerenes; nanoparticles combined with different PS; other formulations designed to target PS to bacteria; photoactive materials and surfaces; conjugates between PS and polycationic polymers or antibodies; and permeabilizing agents such as EDTA, PMNP and CaCl2. The present review also covers the different laboratory animal models normally used to treat Gram-negative bacterial infections with antimicrobial PDT. PMID:23550545

  13. Adjuvant therapy in node-positive vulvar cancer.

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    Mahner, Sven; Trillsch, Fabian; Kock, Lilli; Rohsbach, Donata; Petersen, Cordula; Kruell, Andreas; Harter, Philipp; Jaenicke, Fritz; Woelber, Linn

    2013-07-01

    Due to an increasing incidence with concurrently decreasing age at onset, vulvar cancer represents a current challenge for gynecologic oncologists. Positive lymph nodes of the groins have been proven to be the most important prognostic factor for affected patients, significantly impairing overall survival. Distinct criteria for indication of adjuvant therapy following primary tumor resection and groin surgery are still under debate. At present, only patients with two or more positive lymph nodes are treated with adjuvant radiotherapy despite growing evidence that patients with only one nodal macrometastasis already have a significantly worse outcome and might benefit from adjuvant treatment. This review discusses existing evidence focusing on different therapeutic approaches and their potential indication in vulvar cancer. Based on the available data the need for future trials is being elaborated. PMID:23875662

  14. Adjuvant Therapy for Renal Cell Carcinoma: Past, Present, and Future

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    Pal, Sumanta K.

    2014-01-01

    At the present time, the standard of care for patients who have received nephrectomy for localized renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is radiographic surveillance. With a number of novel targeted agents showing activity in the setting of metastatic RCC, there has been great interest in exploring the potential of the same agents in the adjuvant setting. Herein, we discuss the evolution of adjuvant trials in RCC, spanning from the immunotherapy era to the targeted therapy era. Pitfalls of current studies are addressed to provide a context for interpreting forthcoming results. Finally, we outline avenues to incorporate promising investigational agents, such as PD-1 (programmed death-1) inhibitors and MNNG transforming gene inhibitors, in future adjuvant trials. PMID:24969163

  15. Advance in Photosensitizers and Light Delivery for Photodynamic Therapy

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    Yoon, Il; Li, Jia Zhu

    2013-01-01

    The brief history of photodynamic therapy (PDT) research has been focused on photosensitizers (PSs) and light delivery was introduced recently. The appropriate PSs were developed from the first generation PS Photofrin (QLT) to the second (chlorins or bacteriochlorins derivatives) and third (conjugated PSs on carrier) generations PSs to overcome undesired disadvantages, and to increase selective tumor accumulation and excellent targeting. For the synthesis of new chlorin PSs chlorophyll a is isolated from natural plants or algae, and converted to methyl pheophorbide a (MPa) as an important starting material for further synthesis. MPa has various active functional groups easily modified for the preparation of different kinds of PSs, such as methyl pyropheophorbide a, purpurin-18, purpurinimide, and chlorin e6 derivatives. Combination therapy, such as chemotherapy and photothermal therapy with PDT, is shortly described here. Advanced light delivery system is shown to establish successful clinical applications of PDT. Phtodynamic efficiency of the PSs with light delivery was investigated in vitro and/or in vivo. PMID:23423543

  16. Photodynamic Therapy for Lung Cancer and Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

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    Simone, Charles B.; Cengel, Keith A.

    2014-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a form of non-ionizing radiation therapy that uses a drug, called a photosensitizer, combined with light to produce singlet oxygen (1O2) that can exert anti-cancer activity through apoptotic, necrotic, or autophagic tumor cell death. PDT is increasingly being used to treat thoracic malignancies. For early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), PDT is primarily employed as an endobronchial therapy to definitively treat endobronchial or roentgenographically occult tumors. Similarly, patients with multiple primary lung cancers may be definitively treated with PDT. For advanced or metastatic NSCLC and small cell lung cancer (SCLC), PDT is primarily employed to palliate symptoms from obstructing endobronchial lesions causing airway compromise or hemoptysis. PDT can be used in advanced NSCLC to attempt to increase operability or to reduce the extent of operation required, and selectively to treat pleural dissemination intraoperatively following macroscopically complete surgical resection. Intraoperative PDT can be safely combined with macroscopically complete surgical resection and other treatment modalities for malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) to improve local control and prolong survival. This report reviews the mechanism of and rationale for using PDT to treat thoracic malignancies, details prospective and major retrospectives studies of PDT to treat NSCLC, SCLC, and MPM, and describes improvements in and future roles and directions of PDT. PMID:25499640

  17. Postoperative adjuvant therapy of breast cancer. Oncology Overview

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    1984-12-01

    Oncology Overviews are a service of the International Cancer Research Data Bank (ICRDB) Program of the National Cancer Institute, intended to facilitate and promote the exchange of information between cancer scientists by keeping them aware of literature related to their research being published by other laboratories throughout the world. Each Oncology Overview represents a survey of the literature associated with a selected area of cancer research. It contains abstracts of articles which have been selected and organized by researchers associated with the field. Contents: Postoperative chemotherapy; Postoperative radiotherapy; Postoperative hormone therapy; Postoperative immunotherapy and chemoimmunotherapy; Postoperative multimodal therapy; Prognostic factors in postoperative adjuvant therapy.

  18. Optimization of light sources for prostate photodynamic therapy

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    Altschuler, Martin D.; Zhu, Timothy C.; Li, Jun; Hahn, Stephen M.

    2005-04-01

    To deliver uniform photodynamic dose to the prostate gland, it is necessary to develop algorithms that optimize the location and strength (emitted power × illumination time) of each light source. Since tissue optical properties may change with time, rapid (almost real-time) optimization is desirable. We use the Cimmino algorithm because it is fast, linear, and always converges reliably. A phase I motexafin lutetium (MLu)-mediated photodynamic therapy (PDT) protocol is on-going at the University of Pennsylvania. The standard plan for the protocol uses equal source strength and equal spaced loading (1-cm). PDT for the prostate is performed with cylindrical diffusing fibers (CDF) of various lengths inserted to longitudinal coverage within the matrix of parallel catheters perpendicular to a base plate. We developed several search procedures to aid the user in choosing the positions, lengths, and intensities of the CDFs. The Cimmino algorithm is used in these procedures to optimize the strengths of the light catheters at each step of the iterative selection process. Maximum and minimum bounds on allowed doses to points in four volumes (prostate, urethra, rectum, and background) constrain the solutions for the strengths of the linear light sources. Uniform optical properties are assumed. To study how different opacities of the prostate would affect optimization, optical kernels of different light penetration were used. Another goal is to see whether the urethra and rectum can be spared, with minimal effect on PTV treatment delivery, by manipulating light illumination times of the sources. Importance weights are chosen beforehand for organ volumes, and normalized. Compared with the standard plan, our algorithm is shown to produce a plan that better spares the urethra and rectum and is very fast. Thus the combined selection of positions, lengths, and strengths of interstitial light sources improves outcome.

  19. Comparative photodynamic therapy study using two phthalocyanine derivatives

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    YSLAS, EDITH INÉS; MILLA, LAURA NATALIA; ROMANINI, SILVIA; DURANTINI, EDGARDO NÉSTOR; BERTUZZI, MABEL; RIVAROLA, VIVIANA ALICIA

    2010-01-01

    In the present study, a comparative photodynamic therapy (PDT) study was performed using the phthalocyanine derivatives, ZnPc(OCH3)4 and ZnPc(CF3)4, in a mouse tumor model, under identical experimental procedures. We studied the ablation of tumors induced by PDT. The end-point was to compare the photodynamic efficacy of ZnPc(OCH3)4 and ZnPc(CF3)4. ZnPc(OCH3)4 and ZnPc(CF3)4 were administered intraperitoneally at a dose of 0.2 mg/kg body weight. The injections of drugs were carried out in Balb/c mice bearing subcutaneously inoculated LM2 mouse mammary adenocarcinoma. Histological examination and serum biochemical parameters were used to evaluate hepatic and renal toxicity and function. Phototherapeutic studies were achieved employing a light intensity of 210 J/cm2. After PDT, tumoral regression analyses were carried out, and the degree of tumor cell death was measured utilizing the vital stain Evan’s blue. In this pilot study, we revealed that the cytotoxic effect of ZnPc(OCH3)4 after PDT led to a higher success rate compared to ZnPc(CF3)4-PDT when both were intraperitoneally injectioned. Both phthalocynanine derivatives were able to induce ablation in the tumors. In summary, these results demonstrate the feasibility of ZnPc(OCH3)4- or ZnPc(CF3)4-PDT and its potential as a treatment for small tumors. PMID:22993594

  20. The irradiation parameters investigation of photodynamic therapy on yeast cells

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    Prates, Renato A.; da Silva, Eriques G.; Yamada, Aécio M., Jr.; Suzuki, Luis C.; Paula, Claudete R.; Ribeiro, Martha S.

    2008-03-01

    It has been proposed that photodynamic therapy (PDT) can inactivate microbial cells. A range of photosensitizers and light sources were reported as well as different fluence parameters and dye concentrations. However, much more knowledge regarding to the role of fluences, irradiation time and irradiance are required for a better understanding of the photodynamic efficiency. The aims of this study were to investigate the role of light parameters on the photoinactivation of yeast cells, and compare cell survivors in different growing phases following PDT. To perform this study, a suspension (10 6cfu/mL) of Candida albicans ATCC-90028 was used in log and stationary-phase. Three irradiances 100mW/cm2, 200mW/cm2 and 300mW/cm2 were compared under 3min, 6min and 9min of irradiation, resulting in fluences of 18, 36, 54, 72,108 and 162J/cm2. The light source used was a laser emitting at 660nm with output power of 30, 60 and 90mW. As photosensitizer, 100?? methylene blue was used. PDT was efficient against yeast cells (6 log reduction) in log and stationary-phase. Neither photosensitizer nor light alone presented any reduction of cell viability. The increase of irradiance and time of irradiation showed a clearly improvement of cell photoinactivation. Interestingly, the same fluences in different irradiances presented dissimilar effects on cell viability. The irradiance and time of irradiation are important in PDT efficiency. Fluence per se is not the best parameter to compare photoinativation effects on yeast cells. The growing-phases presented the same susceptibility under C. albicans photoinactivation.

  1. [Laparoscopic surgery and adjuvant therapy for colon cancer].

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    Kubicka, Stefan; Geissler, Michael; Bruch, Hans-Peter; Trarbach, Tanja

    2009-01-01

    At present, about 10% of all oncological procedures in the colon are carried out laparoscopically. Acceptance is increasing. After successful R0 resection, the rule for stage III patients is: adjuvant therapy is indicated regardless of age. Regimens containing oxaliplatin should be used. If there are contraindications for oxaliplatin, then fluoropyrimidine monotherapy is indicated, with oral fluoropyrimidines (capecitabine) being given precedence over infusional schemes. The use of 5-FU bolus regimens is regarded as obsolete. For stage II, the following applies: If an adjuvant chemotherapy is planned in these patients on the basis of the QUASAR data, then fluoropyrimidine monotherapy (e. g. capecitabine) can be given. Since patients whose tumours show a high frequency of microsatellite instability (MSI) do not benefit from a fluoropyrimidine monotherapy, the MSI status should be determined before choosing therapy. PMID:19546595

  2. Adjuvant Systemic Therapy of Breast Cancer

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    Schuetz, Florian

    2011-01-01

    Summary The first procedure in primary breast cancer is usually the surgical excision of the tumor. However, a medical therapy is necessary in almost all patients to treat the systemic component of the disease. Which medical approach is recommended depends on the biology of the tumor itself. Endocrine-responsive tumors must be treated by an endocrine therapy according to their menopausal status. In HER2/neu-overexpressing tumors, the monoclonal antibody trastuzumab is part of the standard treatment in combination with chemotherapy. Hormone receptor-negative and non-HER2/neu-overexpressing tumors as well as endocrine-responsive tumors with a high proliferation index or additional risk factors must be treated with chemotherapy as well. This review article gives further information about the available agents and schedules. PMID:21779222

  3. Directed molecular assembly into a biocompatible photosensitizing nanocomplex for locoregional photodynamic therapy.

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    Lee, Yong-Deok; Cho, Hong-Jun; Choi, Mi-Hwa; Park, Hoyong; Bang, Joona; Lee, Sangyoup; Kwon, Ick Chan; Kim, Sehoon

    2015-07-10

    Methylene blue (MB), a water-soluble cationic dye widely used in the clinic, is known to photosensitize the generation of cytotoxic singlet oxygen efficiently, and thus, has attracted interest as a potential drug for photodynamic therapy (PDT). However, its use for the in vivo PDT of cancer has been limited due to the inherently poor cell/tissue accumulation and low biological stability in the free molecular form. Here, we report a simple and biocompatible nanocomplex formulation of MB (NanoMB) that is useful for in vivo locoregional cancer treatment by PDT. NanoMB particles were constructed through the self-assembly of clinically usable molecules (MB, fatty acid and a clinically approved polymer surfactant) directed by the dual (electrostatic and hydrophobic) interactions between the ternary constituents. The nanocomplexed MB showed greatly enhanced cell internalization while keeping the photosensitization efficiency as high as free MB, leading to distinctive phototoxicity toward cancer cells. When administered to human breast cancer xenograft mice by peritumoral injection, NanoMB was capable of facile penetration into the tumor followed by cancer cell accumulation, as examined in vivo and histologically with the near-infrared fluorescence signal of MB. The quintuple PDT treatment by a combination of peritumorally injected NanoMB and selective laser irradiation suppressed the tumor volume efficaciously, demonstrating potential of NanoMB-based PDT as a biocompatible and safe method for adjuvant locoregional cancer treatment. PMID:25872152

  4. Dendrimer porphyrin-coated gold nanoshells for the synergistic combination of photodynamic and photothermal therapy.

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    Chung, Ui Seok; Kim, Joo-Ho; Kim, Byeonggwan; Kim, Eunkyoung; Jang, Woo-Dong; Koh, Won-Gun

    2016-01-01

    A dendrimer porphyrin (DP)-coated gold nanoshell (AuNS-DP) was prepared for the synergistic combination of photodyanmic and photothermal therapy. The resultant AuNS-DP successfully exhibited the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) as well as photothermal effect for the simultaneous application of photodynamic therapy (PDT) and photothermal therapy (PTT). PMID:26610400

  5. Cell Death Pathways in Photodynamic Therapy of Cancer

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    Mroz, Pawel; Yaroslavsky, Anastasia; Kharkwal, Gitika B; Hamblin, Michael R.

    2011-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an emerging cancer therapy that uses the combination of non-toxic dyes or photosensitizers (PS) and harmless visible light to produce reactive oxygen species and destroy tumors. The PS can be localized in various organelles such as mitochondria, lysosomes, endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi apparatus and plasma membranes and this sub-cellular location governs much of the signaling that occurs after PDT. There is an acute stress response that leads to changes in calcium and lipid metabolism and causes the production of cytokines and stress response mediators. Enzymes (particularly protein kinases) are activated and transcription factors are expressed. Many of the cellular responses center on mitochondria and frequently lead to induction of apoptosis by the mitochondrial pathway involving caspase activation and release of cytochrome c. Certain specific proteins (such as Bcl-2) are damaged by PDT-induced oxidation thereby increasing apoptosis, and a build-up of oxidized proteins leads to an ER-stress response that may be increased by proteasome inhibition. Autophagy plays a role in either inhibiting or enhancing cell death after PDT. PMID:23914299

  6. Stimulation of anti-tumor immunity by photodynamic therapy

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    Mroz, Pawel; Hashmi, Javad T; Huang, Ying-Ying; Lange, Norbert; Hamblin, Michael R

    2011-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a rapidly developing cancer treatment that utilizes the combination of nontoxic dyes and harmless visible light to destroy tumors by generating reactive oxygen species. PDT produces tumor-cell destruction in the context of acute inflammation that acts as a ‘danger signal’ to the innate immune system. Activation of the innate immune system increases the priming of tumor-specific T lymphocytes that have the ability to recognize and destroy distant tumor cells and, in addition, lead to the development of an immune memory that can combat recurrence of the cancer at a later point in time. PDT may be also successfully combined with immunomodulating strategies that are capable of overcoming or bypassing the escape mechanisms employed by the progressing tumor to evade immune attack. This article will cover the role of the immune response in PDT anti-tumor effectiveness. It will highlight the milestones in the development of PDT-mediated anti-tumor immunity and emphasize the combination strategies that may improve this therapy. PMID:21162652

  7. Combination of photodynamic therapy and immunotherapy - evolving role in dermatology

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    Wang, Xiu-Li; Wang, Hong-Wei; Huang, Zheng

    2008-02-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a promising treatment modality. It offers alternative options in the treatment of cancer and vascular diseases. In cancer treatment, PDT has been used primarily for localized superficial or endoluminal malignant and premalignant conditions. More recently, its application has also been expanded to solid tumors. However, its antitumor efficacy remains debatable and its acceptance still variable. Pre-clinical studies demonstrate that, in addition to the primary local cytotoxicity, PDT might induce secondary host immune responses, which may further enhance PDT's therapeutic effects on primary tumor as well as metastasis. Therefore, PDT-induced local and systemic antitumor immune response might play an important role in successful control of malignant diseases. Furthermore, PDT's antitumor efficacy might also be enhanced through an effective immunoadjuvant or immunomodulator. Our recent clinical data also indicate that improved clinical outcomes can be obtained by a combination of PDT and immunomodulation therapy for the treatment of pre-malignant skin diseases. For instance, the combination of topical ALA-PDT and Imiquimod is effective for the treatment of genital bowenoid papulosis. This presentation will also report our preliminary data in developing combination approaches of PDT and immunotherapy for actinic keratosis (AK), basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) and Bowen's disease.

  8. Nanocomposite-Based Photodynamic Therapy Strategies for Deep Tumor Treatment.

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    Hu, Jun; Tang, Yong'an; Elmenoufy, Ahmed H; Xu, Huibi; Cheng, Zhen; Yang, Xiangliang

    2015-11-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT), as an emerging clinically approved modality, has been used for treatment of various cancer diseases. Conventional PDT strategies are mainly focused on superficial lesions because the wavelength of illumination light of most clinically approved photosensitizers (PSs) is located in the UV/VIS range that possesses limited tissue penetration ability, leading to ineffective therapeutic response for deep-seated tumors. The combination of PDT and nanotechnology is becoming a promising approach to fight against deep tumors. Here, the rapid development of new PDT modalities based on various smartly designed nanocomposites integrating with conventionally used PSs for deep tumor treatments is introduced. Until now many types of multifunctional nanoparticles have been studied, and according to the source of excitation energy they can be classified into three major groups: near infrared (NIR) light excited nanomaterials, X-ray excited scintillating/afterglow nanoparticles, and internal light emission excited nanocarriers. The in vitro and in vivo applications of these newly developed PDT modalities are further summarized here, which highlights their potential use as promising nano-agents for deep tumor therapy. PMID:26398119

  9. Metallobacteriochlorophylls as potential dual agents for photodynamic therapy and chemotherapy.

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    Rutkowska-Zbik, Dorota; Witko, Ma?gorzata

    2013-10-01

    A theoretical analysis of bacteriochlorophyll a containing its non-native divalent metal ions: Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Ru, Rh, Pd, and Pt, has been carried out by means of density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The main stress was put on the derivatives with metals, which already found applications as coordination compounds in anti-tumor therapy (Ru, Pt, Pd, and Rh). The idea was to combine their cytotoxic properties with the known suitability of bacteriochlorophylls macrocycle for photodynamic therapy. The geometries of the studied systems are compared and reveal a number of similarities. The cores of the modified bacteriochlorophylls are flat, and the introduced metal ions lie in plane of the macrocycle, showing its large ability to accommodate metal ions of different sizes. However, four metal-nitrogen bonds, linking the central ions with the macrocycle ligand, are not equivalent. Metals are the strongest attached to nitrogens, which come from the pyrrole, which is fused with isocyclic ring. Based on the known spectroscopic data, the absorption properties of the proposed systems are predicted. Finally, it is found that all studied metal-macrocycle adducts are stable in aqueous media. The only exceptions are Mg-BChla (the finding is reflected by experimental facts) and Zn-BChla. The predicted high stability of Ru-, Rh-, Pt- and Pd-bacteriochlorophylls might turn out beneficial for therapeutic purposes. PMID:23306811

  10. In vitro photodynamic therapy against Foncecaea pedrosoi and Cladophialophora carrionii.

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    Lyon, Juliana Pereira; Moreira, Leonardo Marmo; de Carvalho, Vanessa Silva Dutra; dos Santos, Fabio Vieira; de Lima, Carlos José; de Resende, Maria Aparecida

    2013-03-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has been originally developed for cancer treatment, but recently, it has been successfully employed against microorganisms, including fungi. Chromoblastomycosis is a subcutaneous fungal infection that is recalcitrant to conventional antifungal drug therapy. The most frequent species involved are Foncecaea pedrosoi and Cladophialophora carrionii. The present study aimed to verify the efficacy in vitro of PDT employing methylene blue (MB) as a photosensitiser and Light emmiting diode (LED) (InGaAl) as the light source. Methylene blue at the concentrations of 16, 32 and 64 ?g/mL and LED (InGalP) were employed for 15 min against spores of two isolates of F. pedrosoi and two isolates of C. carrionii. The spores were plated on Sabouraud Dextrose agar and the number of colony forming units was counted after 7-10 days of incubation at 37 °C. The PDT with MB and LED was efficient in reducing the growth of all samples tested. Better results were obtained for the concentration of 32 ?g/mL of MB. The treatment proved to be highly effective in killing the samples of F. pedrosoi and Cladophialophora pedrosoi tested in vitro. PDT arises as a promising alternative for the treatment of this subcutaneous infection. PMID:22816425

  11. Effects of photodynamic therapy on Enterococcus faecalis biofilms.

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    López-Jiménez, L; Fusté, E; Martínez-Garriga, B; Arnabat-Domínguez, J; Vinuesa, T; Viñas, M

    2015-07-01

    Microbial biofilms are involved in almost all infectious pathologies of the oral cavity. This has led to the search for novel therapies specifically aimed at biofilm elimination. In this study, we used atomic force microscopy (AFM) to visualize injuries and to determine surface roughness, as well as confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) to enumerate live and dead bacterial cells, to determine the effects of photodynamic therapy (PDT) on Enterococcus faecalis biofilms. The AFM images showed that PDT consisting of methylene blue and a 670-nm diode laser (output power 280 mW during 30 s) or toluidine blue and a 628-nm LED light (output power 1000 mW during 30 s) induced severe damage, including cell lysis, to E. faecalis biofilms, with the former also causing an important increase in surface roughness. These observations were confirmed by the increase in dead cells determined using CLSM. Our results highlight the potential of PDT as a promising method to achieve successful oral disinfection. PMID:25917515

  12. Innovative approaches of clinical photodynamic therapy combined with immunotherapy

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    Huang, Zheng

    2006-02-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a clinically approved new treatment modality. It has been used for treatment of non-malignant and malignant diseases. Over the last decade its clinical application has gained increasing acceptance around the world after regulatory approvals. PDT offers various treatment options in cancer management and has been used primarily for localized superficial or endoluminal malignant and premalignant conditions. Recently, its application has also been expanded to solid tumors. However, its efficacy for the treatment of malignant tumors remains debatable and its acceptance still variable. Pre-clinical studies demonstrate that, in addition to the direct local cytotoxicity, PDT can induce host immune responses, which may further enhance the therapeutic effects on primary tumor as well as metastasis. Therefore, PDT-induced antitumor immune response might play an important role in successful control of malignant diseases. Furthermore, the antitumor efficacy of PDT might also be enhanced through an effective immunoadjuvant to further expand its usefulness for a possible control of distant metastases. Recent clinical data also indicate that improved clinical outcomes are seen in the combination of PDT and immunomodulation therapy for non-malignant disease. This review will summarize recent progress in developing innovative approaches of PDT combined with immunotherapy for non-malignant and malignant diseases.

  13. Effect of photodynamic therapy with verteporfin on tumor blood flow

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    Chen, Bin; Pogue, Brian W.; Goodwin, Isak A.; O'Hara, Julia A.; Wilmot, Carmen M.; Hutchins, John E.; Hoopes, P. J.; Hasan, Tayyaba

    2003-06-01

    The success of photodynamic therapy with verteporfin is partially determined by the pharmacokinetic distribution of the sensitizer at the time of treatment. In this study tumor blood flow changes in the RIF-1 murine tumor model and tumor resopnse using the regrowth assay were measured, comparing two different intervals between drug and light administration. Blood flow measurements were taken with a laser Doppler system monitoring continuously over 1 hour and periodically up to 6 hours after treatment. Treatment after the longer interval caused significantly less flow decrease, to only 50% of the initial flow in 6 h. Hoechst staining of functional tumor vasculature confirmed the primary vascular damage and the decrease in tumor perfusion. The regrowth rate of tumors after the longer time interval, the regrowth rate was not signifincalty different from that of the control, indicating that only the 15-min interval group caused serious damage to the vascular bed of the tumor. These studies support the hypothesis that temporal pharmacokinetic changes in the photosensitizer distribution between the tumor parenchyma and blood vessels can significantly alter the mechanism of tumor targeting during therapy.

  14. Photodynamic therapy: An adjunct to conventional root canal disinfection strategies.

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    Singh, Shipra; Nagpal, Rajni; Manuja, Naveen; Tyagi, Sashi Prabha

    2015-08-01

    Although chemical-based root canal disinfectants are important to reduce microbial loads and remove infected smear layer from root dentin, they have only a limited ability to eliminate biofilm bacteria, especially from root complexities. This paper explores the novel photodynamic therapy (PDT) for antimicrobial disinfection of root canals. The combination of an effective photosensitizer, the appropriate wavelength of light and ambient oxygen is the key factor in PDT. PDT uses a specific wavelength of light to activate a non-toxic dye (photosensitizer), leading to the formation of reactive oxygen species. These reactive oxygen molecules can damage bacterial proteins, membrane lipids and nucleic acids, which promote bacterial cell death. In, addition PDT may enhance cross-linking of collagen fibrils in the dentin matrix and thereby improving dentin stability. The concept of PDT is plausible and could foster new therapy concepts for endodontics. The available knowledge should enable and encourage steps forward into more clinical-oriented research and development. This article discusses PDT as related to root canal disinfection, including its components, mechanism of action, reviews the current endodontic literature and also highlights the shortcomings and advancements in PDT techniques. PMID:25404404

  15. Strategies to potentiate immune response after photodynamic therapy

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    Hamblin, Michael R.

    2015-03-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has been used as a cancer therapy for forty years but has not yet advanced to a mainstream cancer treatment. Although PDT has been shown to be an efficient photochemical way to destroy local tumors by a combination of non-toxic dyes and harmless visible light, it is its additional effects in mediating the stimulation of the host immune system that gives PDT a great potential to become more widely used. Although the stimulation of tumorspecific cytotoxic T-cells that can destroy distant tumor deposits after PDT has been reported in some animal models, it remains the exception rather than the rule. This realization has prompted several investigators to test various combination approaches that could potentiate the immune recognition of tumor antigens that have been released after PDT. Some of these combination approaches use immunostimulants including various microbial preparations that activate Toll-like receptors and other receptors for pathogen associated molecular patterns. Other approaches use cytokines and growth factors whether directly administered or genetically encoded. Other promising approaches involve depleting regulatory T-cells and epigenetic reversal agents. We believe that by understanding the methods employed by tumors to evade immune response and neutralizing them, more precise ways of potentiating PDT-induced immunity can be devised.

  16. Photosensitizer-loaded gold nanorods for near infrared photodynamic and photothermal cancer therapy.

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    Bhana, Saheel; O'Connor, Ryan; Johnson, Jermaine; Ziebarth, Jesse D; Henderson, Luke; Huang, Xiaohua

    2016-05-01

    Despite the advancement of photodynamic therapy and photothermal therapy, the ability to form compact nanocomplex for combined photodynamic and photothermal cancer therapy under a single near infrared irradiation remains limited. In this work, we prepared an integrated sub-100nm nanosystem for simultaneous near infrared photodynamic and photothermal cancer therapy. The nanosystem was formed by adsorption of silicon 2,3-naphthalocyanine dihydroxide onto gold nanorod followed by covalent stabilization with alkylthiol linked polyethylene glycol. The effects of alkylthiol chain length on drug loading, release and cell killing efficacy were examined using 6-mercaptohexanoic acid, 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid and 16-mercaptohexadecanoic acid. We found that the loading efficiency of silicon 2,3-naphthalocyanine dihydroxide increased and the release rate decreased with the increase of the alkylthiol chain length. We demonstrated that the combined near infrared photodynamic and photothermal therapy using the silicon 2,3-naphthalocyanine dihydroxide-loaded gold nanorods exhibit superior efficacy in cancer cell destruction as compared to photodynamic therapy and photothermal therapy alone. The nanocomplex stabilized with 16-mercaptohexadecanoic acid linked polyethylene glycol provided highest cell killing efficiency as compared to those stabilized with the other two stabilizers under low drug dose. This new nanosystem has potential to completely eradicate tumors via noninvasive phototherapy, preventing tumor reoccurrence and metastasis. PMID:26866884

  17. Photodynamic therapy of non-melanoma skin cancers

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    Ikram, M.; Khan, R. U.; Firdous, S.; Atif, M.; Nawaz, M.

    2011-02-01

    In this prospective study duly approved from Institutional Ethics Review Committee for research in medicine, PAEC General Hospital Islamabad, Pakistan, we investigate the efficacy, safety and tolerability along with cosmetic outcome of topical 5-aminolaevulinic acid photodynamic therapy for superficial nonmelanoma skin cancers (NMSCs) and their precursors. Patients with Histological diagnosis of NMSCs and their precursors were assessed for PDT, after photographic documentation of the lesions and written consent, underwent two (2) sessions of PDT in one month (4 weeks) according to standard protocol. A freshly prepared 20% 5-ALA in Unguentum base was applied under occlusive dressing for 4-6 h as Drug Light Interval (DLI) and irradiated with light of 630 nm wavelength from a diode laser at standard dose of 90 J/cm2. Approximately 11% patients reported pain during treatment which was managed in different simple ways. In our study we regularly followed up the patients for gross as well as histopathological response and recurrence free periods during median follow-up of 24 months. Regarding Basal cell carcinomas complete response was observed in 86.2% (25/29), partial response in 10.3% (3/29) and recurrence during first year in 3.5% (1/29) lesions. All the lesions which showed partial response or recurrence were nBCCs. Regarding Actinic Keratosis complete response was observed in 95.3% (20/21), partial response in 4.7% (1/21) while Bowen's disease showed 100% (2/2) results. 81.8% (9/11) Squamous Cell Carcinomas showed complete, 9% (1/11) partial response and 9% (1/11) presented with recurrence after 3 months. We observed excellent and good cosmetic results along with tumor clearance in our study. Treatment sessions were well tolerated with high level of patient's satisfaction and only minor side effects of pain during treatment sessions and inflammatory changes post photodynamic therapy were observed. We concluded that 5-ALA PDT is an effective and safe emerging treatment modality for management of superficial non-melanoma skin cancers and their precursors with better cosmetic outcome and minor side effects.

  18. Adjuvant therapy for rectal cancer--the transatlantic view.

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    Minsky, B D

    2003-09-01

    In North America there are two conventional treatments for clinically resectable rectal cancer. First is surgery and, if the tumour is T3 and/or N1-2, this is followed by postoperative combined modality therapy. The second, for patients with ultrasound T3 or clinical T4 disease, is pre-operative combined modality therapy followed by surgery and postoperative chemotherapy. Pre-operative therapy (most commonly combined modality therapy) has gained acceptance as a standard adjuvant therapy. The potential advantages of this approach compared with postoperative therapy include less acute toxicity and enhanced sphincter preservation. Recently completed randomized trials in the US and Germany will provide a definitive answer to this theory. In contrast to the combined modality approach to pre-operative therapy a number of European centres advocate an intensive short course of radiation (5 Gy x 5 followed one week later by surgery). The only randomized trial which has revealed a significant advantage in survival is the Swedish Rectal Cancer Trial. The Dutch CKVO 95-04 TME trial did not confirm a survival advantage and two metanalyses report conflicting results. Due to selection bias, it is not possible accurately to compare the local recurrence and survival results of intensive short course radiation with conventional pre-operative combined modality therapy. The intensive short course radiation approach is not used in North America due to its higher toxicity and lack of sphincter preservation. In the Dutch trial the 5-year local recurrence was 12% with TME and was significantly decreased to 6% with pre-operative radiation. The 5-year local recurrence rate in the 324 patients with stage III disease who underwent a TME alone with negative margins was 20%. Therefore, despite TME surgery, radiation therapy is still a necessary component in the adjuvant management of rectal cancer. PMID:12925072

  19. Photodynamic therapy as a treatment for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma in a dog.

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    Jacobs, T M; Rosen, G M

    2000-01-01

    Intrathoracic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma was diagnosed by endoscopy in an 11-year-old, castrated male Labrador retriever with signs of regurgitation and weight loss. Photodynamic therapy with photofrin was administered three times under endoscopic guidance over a two-month period. A partial response to photodynamic therapy was supported by a reduction in tumor size (noted on serial endoscopic examinations) and by a return to oral alimentation. The dog was euthanized due to recurrent regurgitation and aspiration pneumonia nine months after the onset of therapy. Necropsy revealed marked local invasiveness and regional lymph node metastasis of the esophageal squamous cell carcinoma in addition to pneumonia. The application of photodynamic therapy in the treatment of canine esophageal squamous cell carcinoma is discussed and compared with the human literature. PMID:10825099

  20. Cationic porphyrin derivatives for application in photodynamic therapy of cancer

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    Prack McCormick, Bárbara P.; Florencia Pansa, M.; Milla Sanabria, Laura N.; Carvalho, Carla M. B.; Faustino, M. Amparo F.; Neves, Maria Graça P. M. S.; Cavaleiro, José A. S.; Rumie Vittar, Natalia B.; Rivarola, Viviana A.

    2014-04-01

    Current studies in photodynamic therapy (PDT) against cancer are focused on the development of new photosensitizers (PSs), with higher phototoxic action. The aim of this study was to compare the therapeutic efficiency of tri-cationic meso-substituted porphyrin derivatives (Tri-Py+-Me-PF, Tri-Py+-Me-Ph, Tri-Py+-Me-CO2Me and Tri-Py+-Me-CO2H) with the well-known tetra-cationic T4PM. The phototoxic action of these derivatives was assessed in human colon adenocarcinoma cells by cell viability, intracellular localization and nuclear morphology analysis. In the experimental conditions used we determined that after light activation -PF, -Ph and -CO2Me cause a more significant decline of cell viability compared to -CO2H and T4PM. These results suggest that the nature of the peripheral substituent influences the extent of cell photodamage. Moreover, we have demonstrated that PS concentration, physicochemical properties and further light activation determine the PDT response. All porphyrins were clearly localized as a punctuated pattern in the cytoplasm of the cells, and the PDT scheme resulted in apoptotic cell death after 3 h post-PDT. The tri-cationic porphyrin derivatives Tri-Py+-Me-PF, Tri-Py+-Me-Ph and Tri-Py+-Me-CO2Me showed a promising ability, making them good photosensitizer candidates for oncological PDT.

  1. An update on photodynamic therapies in the treatment of onychomycosis.

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    Simmons, B J; Griffith, R D; Falto-Aizpurua, L A; Nouri, K

    2015-07-01

    Onychomycosis is a common fungal infection of the nails that is increasing in prevalence in the old, diabetics and immunocompromised. Onychomycosis presents a therapeutic challenge that can lead to significant reductions in quality of life leading to both physical and psychological consequences. Current treatment modalities are difficult to implement due to the poor penetration of topical treatments to the nail bed, the slow growing nature of nails and the need for prolonged use of topical and/or oral medications. Standard of care medications have cure rates of 63-76% that leads to a high propensity of treatment failures and recurrences. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) offers an alternative treatment for onychomycosis. Methylene blue dye, methyl-aminolevulinate (MAL) and aminolevulinic acid (ALA) have been used as photosensitizers with approximately 630 nm light. These modalities are combined with pre-treatment of urea and/or microabrasion for better penetration. PDT treatments are well tolerated with only mild transient pain, burning and erythema. In addition, significant cure rates for patients who have contraindications to oral medications or failed standard medications can be obtained. With further enhancements in photosensitizer permeability, decreased pre-treatment and photosensitizer incubation times, PDT can be a more efficient and cost-effective in office based treatment for onychomycosis. However, more large-scale randomized control clinical trials are needed to access the efficacy of PDT treatments. PMID:25589056

  2. Five years experience of photodynamic therapy with new chlorin photosensitizer

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    Privalov, Valery A.; Lappa, Alexander V.; Kochneva, Elena V.

    2005-08-01

    Clinical results of photodynamic therapy (PDT) with a novel natural second generation chlorin-type photosensitizer "Radachlorin", mainly consisting of sodium chlorine e6, are presented. This sensitizer possesses a number of advantages over sensitizers of hematoporphyrin and phthalocyanine types. In particular, Radachlorin is excreted from organism much faster (in 1-2 days), as a result the problem of patient light hypersensitivity for a few months is non-actual for Radachlorin. As light source there was used a 662 nm diode laser specially designed for PDT with Radachlorin. The 5 year clinical results of PDT application to 89 patients with different malignant tumors are summarized and analysed. It is shown in particular that PDT with Radachlorin is a radical high efficient method for treatment of basal cell carcinoma of skin. At intravenous introduction in drug dose 0.5 mg/kg with light fluence 300-350 J/cm2 or in dose 1 mg/kg with fluence 200-250 J/cm2 the method gives full recovery in almost 100% cases with excellent cosmetic effect. The method was successfully combined with surgical operations, laser ablations, radio- and chemotherapy. Preoperative and intraoperative PDT favors improvement of results in complex treatment of malignant tumors. The method has a potential as palliative measure; in a number of incurable cases it allowed us to achieve recanalization of obturated hollow organs, eliminate the inflammatory complications, and as a result to improve life quality.

  3. Photodynamic therapy of dysplasia in Barrett's esophagus: an update

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    Panjehpour, Masoud; Overholt, Bergein F.

    1997-05-01

    Photodynamic therapy using Photofrin has been used as an alternative to esophagectomy for patients with dysplasia or superficial cancer associated with Barrett's esophagus. In this update we present the results in 71 patients treated and followed for 6-72 months. 54 patients had high grade dysplasia/early cancer, and 17 had low grade dysplasia. 22 Patients had early cancer and 1 had T2 cancer. Three separate PDT treatments were required in 3 patients, 2 in 20 patients and 1 in 48. All patients were maintained on omeprazole. Patients received a photofrin dose of 2 mg/kg followed two days later by 630 nm laser light from an either argon/dye laser or KTP/dye laser. The majority of patients received light from a balloon light delivery device. Dysplasia and carcinoma was eliminated or reduced in majority of the cases. 75-80 percent of Barrett's mucosa was replaced by squamous epithelium. 34 patients developed strictures. All responded well to dilation.

  4. Photodynamic therapy for melanoma: efficacy and immunologic effects

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    Avci, Pinar; Gupta, Gaurav K.; Kawakubo, Masayoshi; Hamblin, Michael R.

    2014-02-01

    Malignant melanoma is one of the fastest growing cancers and if it cannot be completely surgically removed the prognosis is bleak. Melanomas are known to be particularly resistant to both chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Various types of immunotherapy have however been investigated with mixed reports of success. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has also been tested against melanoma, again with mixed effects as the melanin pigment is thought to act as both an optical shield and as an antioxidant. We have been investigating PDT against malignant melanoma in mouse models. We have compared B16F10 melanoma syngenic to C57BL/6 mice and S91 Cloudman melanoma syngenic to DBA2 mice. We have tested the hypothesis that S91 will respond better than B16 because of higher expression of immunocritical molecules such as MHC-1, tyrosinase, tyrosinase related protein-2 gp100, and intercellular adhesion molecule-1. Some of these molecules can act as tumor rejection antigens that can be recognized by antigen-specific cytotoxic CD8 T cells that have been stimulated by PDT. Moreover it is possible that DBA2 mice are intrinsically better able to mount an anti-tumor immune response than C57BL/6 mice. We are also studying intratumoral injection of photosensitzers such as benzoporphyrin monoacid ring A and comparing this route with the more usual route of intravenous administration.

  5. New approaches to photodynamic therapy of tumors with Al phthalocyanine

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    Vakoulovskaya, Elena G.; Chental, V. V.; Kuvshinov, Yury P.; Poddubny, Boris K.

    1999-12-01

    The aim of the study was to determine the efficacy of photodynamic therapy (PDT) of tumors of different localization and histology with new photosensitizer aluminum sulfonated phthalocyanine (Photosense, Russia). PDT have been provided in 106 patients with different tumors. The initial dose (2.0 - 2.5 mg/kg) of PHS was significantly reduced till 0.5 - 0.8 mg/kg during clinical trials because of phototoxicity. The results of PDT, side effects and ways of their correction and prevention, as well as possibility to work out less toxic regimes of PDT with photosense, choice of laser and type of irradiation are discussed. Efficacy of PDT depended on tumor size and it's histological type. Using low doses of PHS we've reduced the phototoxicity of sensitizer with the same direct effectiveness of treatment. Undesirable changes in plasma content of antioxidants by means of high pressure liquid chromatography have been found in patients after PHS injection. Influence of short-term and long-term supplementation with beta- carotene and vitamin E on this parameters are discussed.

  6. Linear feasibility algorithms for treatment planning in interstitial photodynamic therapy

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    Rendon, A.; Beck, J. C.; Lilge, Lothar

    2008-02-01

    Interstitial Photodynamic therapy (IPDT) has been under intense investigation in recent years, with multiple clinical trials underway. This effort has demanded the development of optimization strategies that determine the best locations and output powers for light sources (cylindrical or point diffusers) to achieve an optimal light delivery. Furthermore, we have recently introduced cylindrical diffusers with customizable emission profiles, placing additional requirements on the optimization algorithms, particularly in terms of the stability of the inverse problem. Here, we present a general class of linear feasibility algorithms and their properties. Moreover, we compare two particular instances of these algorithms, which are been used in the context of IPDT: the Cimmino algorithm and a weighted gradient descent (WGD) algorithm. The algorithms were compared in terms of their convergence properties, the cost function they minimize in the infeasible case, their ability to regularize the inverse problem, and the resulting optimal light dose distributions. Our results show that the WGD algorithm overall performs slightly better than the Cimmino algorithm and that it converges to a minimizer of a clinically relevant cost function in the infeasible case. Interestingly however, treatment plans resulting from either algorithms were very similar in terms of the resulting fluence maps and dose volume histograms, once the diffuser powers adjusted to achieve equal prostate coverage.

  7. Model for monitoring the process of photodynamic therapy in patients

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    Yoshida, Takato O.; Kohno, Eiji; Sakurai, Takashi; Hirano, Toru; Yamamoto, Seiji; Terakawa, Susumu

    2005-07-01

    The photodynamic therapy (PDT) on tumors is quite effective and widely applied but usually carried out without an immediate evaluation of results. We measured the tumor fluorescence in mice with a fiber probe connected to a linear array spectral analyzer (PMA-11, Hamamatsu Photonics). The spectrum showed a transient change in fluorescence color from red to green during Photofrin○R-mediated PDT. In order to examine the source of green fluorescence, the mitochondria were accessed under a Nipkow disk-scanning confocal microscope in the HeLa cell in culture after labeling them with a red fluorescent protein (DsRed1-mito) and staining the cell with Photofrin○R (Axcan Scandipharm). Changes in fluorescence color from red to green were observed in the area of mitochondria upon their swelling during irradiation. This finding in vitro provided clear evidence that the change in fluorescence color from red to green observed in vivo was due to the mitochondrial destruction associated with the cell-death by PDT. This technique of spectral monitoring in tumor may be useful for detection of the cell-death signal during PDT in patients.

  8. Measurement of photodynamic therapy drug concentrations in a tissue

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    Mourant, J.; Biglo, I.; Johnson, T.

    1996-09-01

    This is the final report of a one-year laboratory-directed research and development project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an experimental treatment modality for cancer in which a photoactive molecule with an affinity for tumors in administered to the patient, then excited by light. Photoactivation creates singlet oxygen consequently killing the tissue. Knowledge of the concentration of the photoactive compound in the tissue is necessary for proper light dosimetry during PDT. Presently, the control of light application is problematic. If too much light is applied, damage to the surrounding tissue will occur. If insufficient light is applied, the targeted tissue volume will remain viable. The ideal implementation of PDT would use a feedback system for light delivery that incorporates the optical properties of the tissue and knowledge of the concentration of the photoactive compound. This project sought to develop a method for measuring photosensitizer concentrations in tissue phantoms that will lead to a noninvasive, endoscopically compatible, in vivo method of measuring PST drug concentrations.

  9. Topical photodynamic therapy for nevus sebaceous on the face.

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    In, Sung-Il; Lee, Jae Yeol; Kim, You Chan

    2010-01-01

    Recently, topical photodynamic therapy (PDT) has been tried to treat sebaceous gland disorders. However, only one case of nevus sebaceous treated with PDT has been reported. Our aim was to investigate the outcomes of PDT on nevus sebaceus on the face. A total of 12 patients were treated with topical 20% ALA or methyl aminolevulinate (MAL) after CO(2) laser ablasion. The lesions were irradiated with light emitting diodes (LED) device. The regimen was delivered repeatedly at 1 to 4 week intervals to each patient. Clinical improvement was visually assessed at 1 month after treatment by the lesional responses; No response was defined as less than 25%, mild improvement as 25-50%, moderate improvement as 51-75% and marked improvement as more than 75% decrease of lesional volume. All 12 patients showed mild (3 patients, 25%), moderate (7 patients, 58%), and marked (2 patients, 17%) improvement of the lesions. However, 2 patients showed partial recurrences after completion of treatment. There was no significant side effect.These results suggest that topical PDT may be considered as an effective alternative treatment modality of nevus sebaceous on the face. PMID:20709645

  10. Photodynamic therapy on the ultrastructure of glioma cell

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    Hu, Shaoshan; Zhang, Ruyou; Zheng, Yongri

    2005-07-01

    OBJECTIVE ?the main purpose of this experiment was to study the change of C6 glioma cells' ultrastructure treated by photodynamic therapy(PDT), observe the change of morphology METHOD ?Make the model of rat glioma by transplanted C6 glioma cells into caudate nucleus?treated the glioma rat by PDT after two weeks. Observed the difference of subcellular structure before and after PDT by electron microscope. RESULT ? Apoptosis and necrosis can be seen after treated by PDT in the C6 glioma, basal membrance damaged ?number of cellular organ of endothelial cell of blood capillary declined?tight junction of endothelial cell lengthen and the gap enlarge. The PDT has slightly effect on the nomorl rat"s subcellular structue. CONCLUSION: PDT can induce the apoptosis and necrosis of C6 glioma cell. The damage of the ultramicrostructure of mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum was the foundmentol of the change. PDT initiate the damage of BBB of the C6 glioma cell and weeken the function?and makes it a useful way of treating the glioma combained with chemotherapy.

  11. Development and optimization of a diode laser for photodynamic therapy

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    Lim, Hyun Soo

    2011-01-01

    Background and Aims: This study demonstrated the development of a laser system for cancer treatment with photodynamic therapy (PDT) based on a 635 nm laser diode. In order to optimize efficacy in PDT, the ideal laser system should deliver a homogeneous nondivergent light energy with a variable spot size and specific wavelength at a stable output power. Materials and Methods: We developed a digital laser beam controller using the constant current method to protect the laser diode resonator from the current spikes and other fluctuations, and electrical faults. To improve the PDT effects, the laser system should deliver stable laser energy in continuous wave (CW), burst mode and super burst mode, with variable irradiation times depending on the tumor type and condition. Results and Comments: The experimental results showed the diode laser system described herein was eminently suitable for PDT. The laser beam was homogeneous without diverging and the output power increased stably and in a linear manner from 10 mW to 1500 mW according to the increasing input current. Variation between the set and delivered output was less than 7%. Conclusions: The diode laser system developed by the author for use in PDT was compact, user-friendly, and delivered a stable and easily adjustable output power at a specific wavelength and user-set emission modes. PMID:24155529

  12. Characterizing light propagation in bone for photodynamic therapy of osteosarcoma

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    Rossi, Vincent M.; Gustafson, Scott B.; Jacques, Steven L.

    2009-02-01

    This work aims at characterizing how light propagates through bone in order to efficiently guide treatment of osteosarcoma with photodynamic therapy (PDT). Optical properties of various bone tissues need to be characterized in order to have a working model of light propagation in bone. Bone tissues of particular interest include cortical bone, red and yellow marrow, cancellous bone, and bone cancers themselves. With adequate knowledge of optical properties of osseous tissues, light dosimetry can determine how best to deliver adequate light to achieve phototoxic effects within bone. An optical fiber source-collector pair is used for diffuse reflectance spectroscopic measurements in order to determine the scattering and absorption properties of bone tissues. Native absorbers of interest at visible and near-IR wavelengths include water and oxygenated and deoxygenated hemoglobin. A cylindrically symmetric Monte Carlo model is then used, incorporating these results, in order to predict and guide the delivery of light within bone in order to achieve the desired phototoxic effect in PDT.

  13. Photodynamic therapy for a hypertrophic scarring: a promising choice.

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    Bruscino, Nicola; Lotti, Torello; Rossi, Riccardo

    2011-12-01

    The case we report is about a female patient, 69 years old, who had a hypertrophic scarring on the right cheek because of a bite by her dog. She had attempted many types of topical and intralesional treatments but without success. The patient underwent photodynamic therapy (PDT), employing a methyl ester of 5-aminolevulinic acid (MAL) as topical photosensitizer and a non-coherent red light at a wavelength of 632 nm. This session was then repeated three more times at 2-week intervals. A month after the last session, the scarred area significantly softened, becoming more flexible, less erythematous, smoother and reduced in volume. The patient was greatly satisfied with the clinical and cosmetic result, she had no more than rough scarring on the cheek, and her skin in the area around the lesion was very smooth, wrinkle-free. She did not show any recurrence of her hypertrophic scarring after 1 year of follow-up. PDT revealed to be the most effective approach if compared with previous therapeutic options received by the patient, but further studies are necessary to evaluate protocols to be used for the best results in this kind of application. PMID:22092740

  14. Treatment of canine oral squamous cell carcinomas with photodynamic therapy.

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    McCaw, D L; Pope, E R; Payne, J T; West, M K; Tompson, R V; Tate, D

    2000-04-01

    Eleven dogs with naturally occurring oral squamous cell carcinomas were treated with photodynamic therapy (PDT) using Photochlor (HPPH) as the photosensitizer. The largest length of the tumours measured in a two-dimensional plane ranged from 0.9 to 6.8 cm. Seven of the tumours invaded underlying bone as determined by radiograph appearance. Photochlor was injected intravenously at a dose of 0.3 mg kg(-1). Forty-eight hours later the tumours were treated. Tumours with a surface to base depth of greater than 1 cm were surgically reduced to less than 1 cm. Irradiation with 665 nm light with an energy density of 100 J cm(-2) was administered. Eight dogs were considered cured with no tumour recurrence for at least 17 months after treatment. Local treatment of oral squamous cell carcinomas with PDT appears to give results similar to those obtained with surgical removal of large portions of the mandible or maxilla. The cosmetic results with PDT are superior to those of radical surgical removal. The new sensitizer, Photochlor, appears effective for oral squamous carcinomas with results similar to those reported for other sensitizers. PMID:10755404

  15. Photodynamic therapy for locally advanced pancreatic cancer: early clinical results

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    Sandanayake, N. S.; Huggett, M. T.; Bown, S. G.; Pogue, B. W.; Hasan, T.; Pereira, S. P.

    2010-02-01

    Pancreatic adenocarcinoma ranks as the fourth most common cause of cancer death in the USA. Patients usually present late with advanced disease, limiting attempted curative surgery to 10% of cases. Overall prognosis is poor with one-year survival rates of less than 10% with palliative chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy. Given these dismal results, a minimally invasive treatment capable of local destruction of tumor tissue with low morbidity may have a place in the treatment of this disease. In this paper we review the preclinical photodynamic therapy (PDT) studies which have shown that it is possible to achieve a zone of necrosis in normal pancreas and implanted tumour tissue. Side effects of treatment and evidence of a potential survival advantage are discussed. We describe the only published clinical study of pancreatic interstitial PDT, which was carried out by our group (Bown et al Gut 2002), in 16 patients with unresectable locally advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma. All patients had evidence of tumor necrosis on follow-up imaging, with a median survival from diagnosis of 12.5 months. Finally, we outline a phase I dose-escalation study of verteporfin single fibre PDT followed by standard gemcitabine chemotherapy which our group is currently undertaking in patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer. Randomized controlled studies are also planned.

  16. Photodynamic therapy and immune response in tumor-bearing mice

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    Canti, Gianfranco L.; Cubeddu, Rinaldo; Taroni, Paola; Valentini, Gianluca

    1999-06-01

    Since immune response of the host is important in the control of tumor growth and spreading, and the Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is able to increase the antitumor immunity, in our laboratory we examine the effect of PDT on immune compartment of tumor bearing mice. Lymphocytes and macrophages collected from tumor bearing mice pretreated with PDT are cytotoxic in vitro and in vivo against the parental tumor lines, in contrast the same immune cells population collected from tumor bearing mice pretreated only with laser light are unable to lyse the parental tumor cells. In adoptive immunotherapy experiments, treatment of mice bearing MS-2 tumor with adoptive transfer of immune lymphocytes collected from mice pretreated with PDT is able to significantly increase the survival time; in contrast the lymphocytes collected from mice pretreated only with laser light were not able to modify the survival time suggesting that the laser treatment alone did not increase the immune response of the host. In conclusion these results demonstrate that the PDT induce a strong immune response on the host and the stimulated lymphocytes generated could be used for an adoptive immunotherapy approach; moreover laser treatment alone (thermal effect) is unable to modulate the immune response of the host.

  17. Photodynamic therapy for malignant tumours of the ampulla of Vater.

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    Abulafi, A M; Allardice, J T; Williams, N S; van Someren, N; Swain, C P; Ainley, C

    1995-01-01

    Ten patients with ampullary carcinoma, not suitable for surgery, were treated with endoscopic photodynamic therapy (PDT) to evaluate the feasibility and safety of treatment. Patients received 4 mg kg-1 of haematoporphyrin derivative intravenously. Two days later, a duodenoscopy was performed and red (630 nm) light delivered to the tumour at fixed energy densities of 50 J or 200 J cm-1 per application, depending on the type of optical fibre used. The tumours were treated by three or four light applications at each session. Treatment was repeated up to five times at intervals of three to six months. The sole complication of PDT was moderate skin photosensitivity, which occurred in three patients. Tumour size was assessed at four to eight weekly intervals. In the absence of macroscopic tumour, biopsy specimens were taken. In three patients with small tumours confined to the ampulla, remission was obtained for periods ranging from eight to 12 months. In a further four patients with small tumours bulk was greatly reduced. There was little response in three patients with extensive duodenal involvement. Therefore PDT for ampullary carcinoma is both feasible and safe, and with refinement may prove curative for small tumours. Images Figure 1 Figure 2 PMID:7615273

  18. Core - shell upconversion nanoparticle - semiconductor heterostructures for photodynamic therapy

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    Dou, Qing Qing; Rengaramchandran, Adith; Selvan, Subramanian Tamil; Paulmurugan, Ramasamy; Zhang, Yong

    2015-02-01

    Core-shell nanoparticles (CSNPs) with diverse chemical compositions have been attracting greater attention in recent years. However, it has been a challenge to develop CSNPs with different crystal structures due to the lattice mismatch of the nanocrystals. Here we report a rational design of core-shell heterostructure consisting of NaYF4:Yb,Tm upconversion nanoparticle (UCN) as the core and ZnO semiconductor as the shell for potential application in photodynamic therapy (PDT). The core-shell architecture (confirmed by TEM and STEM) enables for improving the loading efficiency of photosensitizer (ZnO) as the semiconductor is directly coated on the UCN core. Importantly, UCN acts as a transducer to sensitize ZnO and trigger the generation of cytotoxic reactive oxygen species (ROS) to induce cancer cell death. We also present a firefly luciferase (FLuc) reporter gene based molecular biosensor (ARE-FLuc) to measure the antioxidant signaling response activated in cells during the release of ROS in response to the exposure of CSNPs under 980 nm NIR light. The breast cancer cells (MDA-MB-231 and 4T1) exposed to CSNPs showed significant release of ROS as measured by aminophenyl fluorescein (APF) and ARE-FLuc luciferase assays, and ~45% cancer cell death as measured by MTT assay, when illuminated with 980 nm NIR light.

  19. Photosensitiser delivery for photodynamic therapy. Part 2: systemic carrier platforms.

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    Sibani SA; McCarron PA; Woolfson AD; Donnelly RF

    2008-11-01

    BACKGROUND: The treatment of solid tumours and angiogenic ocular diseases by photodynamic therapy (PDT) requires the injection of a photosensitiser (PS) to destroy target cells through a combination of visible light irradiation and molecular oxygen. There is currently great interest in the development of efficient and specific carrier delivery platforms for systemic PDT.OBJECTIVE: This article aims to review recent developments in systemic carrier delivery platforms for PDT, with an emphasis on target specificity.METHODS: Recent publications, spanning the last five years, concerning delivery carrier platforms for systemic PDT were reviewed, including PS conjugates, dendrimers, micelles, liposomes and nanoparticles.RESULTS/CONCLUSION: PS conjugates and supramolecular delivery platforms can improve PDT selectivity by exploiting cellular and physiological specificities of the targeted tissue. Overexpression of receptors in cancer and angiogenic endothelial cells allows their targeting by affinity-based moieties for the selective uptake of PS conjugates and encapsulating delivery carriers, while the abnormal tumour neovascularisation induces a specific accumulation of heavy weighted PS carriers by enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect. In addition, polymeric prodrug delivery platforms triggered by the acidic nature of the tumour environment or the expression of proteases can be designed. Promising results obtained with recent systemic carrier platforms will, in due course, be translated into the clinic for highly efficient and selective PDT protocols.

  20. Application of long-circulating liposomes to cancer photodynamic therapy.

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    Oku, N; Saito, N; Namba, Y; Tsukada, H; Dolphin, D; Okada, S

    1997-06-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) as a cancer treatment is notable for its quite low side effects in comparison with those of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. However, the accumulation of porphyrin derivatives used in PDT into tumor tissues is rather low. Since long-circulating liposomes are known to accumulate passively into tumor tissues, we liposomalized a porphyrin derivative, benzoporphyrin derivative monoacid ring A (BPD-MA), and used these liposomes to investigate the usefulness of PDT for tumor-bearing mice. BPD-MA was liposomalized into glucuronate-modified liposomes, which are known to be long-circulating. These liposomes were injected i.v. into Balb/c mice bearing Meth A sarcoma, and tumor regression and survival time were monitored after irradiation with laser light. Tumor regression and complete curing of tumor (80% cure rate by the treatment with 6 mg/kg BPD-MA) were observed when long circulating liposomalized BPD-MA was injected and laser-irradiated. In contrast, only a 20% cure rate was obtained when the animals were treated with BPD-MA solution or BPD-MA entrapped in conventional liposomes. These results suggest that a long-circulating liposomal formulation of photo-sensitive agents is useful for PDT. PMID:9212988

  1. Photodynamic Therapy: One Step Ahead with Self-Assembled Nanoparticles

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    Avci, Pinar; Erdem, S. Sibel; Hamblin, Michael R.

    2014-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a promising treatment modality for cancer with possible advantages over current treatment alternatives. It involves combination of light and a photosensitizer (PS), which is activated by absorption of specific wavelength light and creates local tissue damage through generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) that induce a cascade of cellular and molecular events. However, as of today, PDT is still in need of improvement and nanotechnology may play a role. PDT frequently employs PS with molecular structures that are highly hydrophobic, water insoluble and prone to aggregation. Aggregation of PS leads to reduced ROS generation and thus lowers the PDT activity. Some PS such as 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) cannot penetrate through the stratum corneum of the skin and systemic administration is not an option due to frequently encountered side effects. Therefore PS are often encapsulated or conjugated in/on nano-drug delivery vehicles to allow them to be better taken up by cells and to more selectively deliver them to tumors or other target tissues. Several nano-drug delivery vehicles including liposomes, fullerosomes and nanocells have been tested and reviewed. Here we cover non-liposomal self-assembled nanoparticles consisting of polymeric micelles including block co-polymers, polymeric micelles, dendrimers and porphysomes. PMID:25580097

  2. Four-year clinical experience in photodynamic therapy

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    Stranadko, Eugeny P.; Skobelkin, Oleg K.; Vorozhtsov, Georgy N.; Mironov, Andrei F.; Markichev, Nikolai A.; Riabov, Michail V.

    1996-12-01

    The analysis of the results of photodynamic therapy (PDT) for treating malignant neoplasms of skin, breasts, tongue, oral mucose, lower lip, larynx, stomach, bladder, rectum and other locations has been made. During 1992 - 1996 867 tumoral foci in 222 patients have been treated with PDT. All patients were previously treated with conventional techniques or they were not treated due to contraindications either because of severe accompanying diseases or because of old age. A part of the patients had PDT because of recurrences or intradermal metastases in 1 - 2 years after surgical, radial or combined treatment. Up to now we have follow-up control data within 2 months and 4 years. Positive effect of PDT was seen in 93.7% of patients including complete regression of tumors in 64.9% and partial in 28.8%. Currently this new perspective technique of treating malignant neoplasms is successfully being used in Russia; new photosensitizers and light sources for PDT and fluorescent tumor diagnostics are being developed as well.

  3. Photodynamic therapy: one step ahead with self-assembled nanoparticles.

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    Avci, Pinar; Erdem, S Sibel; Hamblin, Michael R

    2014-09-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a promising treatment modality for cancer with possible advantages over current treatment alternatives. It involves combination of light and a photosensitizer (PS), which is activated by absorption of specific wavelength light and creates local tissue damage through generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) that induce a cascade of cellular and molecular events. However, as of today, PDT is still in need of improvement and nanotechnology may play a role. PDT frequently employs PS with molecular structures that are highly hydrophobic, water insoluble and prone to aggregation. Aggregation of PS leads to reduced ROS generation and thus lowers the PDT activity. Some PS such as 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) cannot penetrate through the stratum corneum of the skin and systemic administration is not an option due to frequently encountered side effects. Therefore PS are often encapsulated or conjugated in/on nano-drug delivery vehicles to allow them to be better taken up by cells and to more selectively deliver them to tumors or other target tissues. Several nano-drug delivery vehicles including liposomes, fullerosomes and nanocells have been tested and reviewed. Here we cover non-liposomal self-assembled nanoparticles consisting of polymeric micelles including block co-polymers, polymeric micelles, dendrimers and porphysomes. PMID:25580097

  4. Predictive analysis of photodynamic therapy applied to esophagus cancer

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    Fanjul-Vélez, F.; del Campo-Gutiérrez, M.; Ortega-Quijano, N.; Arce-Diego, J. L.

    2008-04-01

    The use of optical techniques in medicine has revolutionized in many cases the medical praxis, providing new tools for practitioners or improving the existing ones in the fight against diseases. The application of this technology comprises mainly two branches, characterization and treatment of biological tissues. Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) provides a solution for malignant tissue destruction, by means of the inoculation of a photosensitizer and irradiation by an optical source. The key factor of the procedure is the localization of the damage to avoid collateral harmful effects. The volume of tissue destroyed depends on the type of photosensitizer inoculated, both on its reactive characteristics and its distribution inside the tissue, and also on the specific properties of the optical source, that is, the optical power, wavelength and exposition time. In this work, a model for PDT based on the one-dimensional diffusion equation, extensible to 3D, to estimate the optical distribution in tissue, and on photosensitizer parameters to take into account the photobleaching effect is proposed. The application to esophagus cancer allows the selection of the right optical source parameters, like irradiance, wavelength or exposition time, in order to predict the area of tissue destruction.

  5. Photodynamic therapy with fullerenes in vivo: reality or a dream?

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    Sharma, Sulbha K; Chiang, Long Y; Hamblin, Michael R

    2012-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) employs the combination of nontoxic photosensitizers and visible light that is absorbed by the chromophore to produce long-lived triplet states that can carry out photochemistry in the presence of oxygen to kill cells. The closed carbon-cage structure found in fullerenes can act as a photosensitizer, especially when functionalized to impart water solubility. Although there are reports of the use of fullerenes to carry out light-mediated destruction of viruses, microorganisms and cancer cells in vitro, the use of fullerenes to mediate PDT of diseases such as cancer and infections in animal models is less well developed. It has recently been shown that fullerene PDT can be used to save the life of mice with wounds infected with pathogenic Gram-negative bacteria. Fullerene PDT has also been used to treat mouse models of various cancers including disseminated metastatic cancer in the peritoneal cavity. In vivo PDT with fullerenes represents a new application in nanomedicine. PMID:22122587

  6. Photodynamic therapy induces an immune response against a bacterial pathogen

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    Huang, Ying-Ying; Tanaka, Masamitsu; Vecchio, Daniela; Garcia-Diaz, Maria; Chang, Julie; Morimoto, Yuji; Hamblin, Michael R

    2012-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) employs the triple combination of photosensitizers, visible light and ambient oxygen. When PDT is used for cancer, it has been observed that both arms of the host immune system (innate and adaptive) are activated. When PDT is used for infectious disease, however, it has been assumed that the direct antimicrobial PDT effect dominates. Murine arthritis caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in the knee failed to respond to PDT with intravenously injected Photofrin®. PDT with intra-articular Photofrin produced a biphasic dose response that killed bacteria without destroying host neutrophils. Methylene blue was the optimum photosensitizer to kill bacteria while preserving neutrophils. We used bioluminescence imaging to noninvasively monitor murine bacterial arthritis and found that PDT with intra-articular methylene blue was not only effective, but when used before infection, could protect the mice against a subsequent bacterial challenge. The data emphasize the importance of considering the host immune response in PDT for infectious disease. PMID:22882222

  7. Targeting Epigenetic Processes in Photodynamic Therapy-Induced Anticancer Immunity

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    Wachowska, Malgorzata; Muchowicz, Angelika; Golab, Jakub

    2015-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) of cancer is an approved therapeutic procedure that generates oxidative stress leading to cell death of tumor and stromal cells. Cell death resulting from oxidative damage to intracellular components leads to the release of damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) that trigger robust inflammatory response and creates local conditions for effective sampling of tumor-associated antigens (TAA) by antigen-presenting cells. The latter can trigger development of TAA-specific adaptive immune response. However, due to a number of mechanisms, including epigenetic regulation of TAA expression, tumor cells evade immune recognition. Therefore, numerous approaches are being developed to combine PDT with immunotherapies to allow development of systemic immunity. In this review, we describe immunoregulatory mechanisms of epigenetic treatments that were shown to restore the expression of epigenetically silenced or down-regulated major histocompatibility complex molecules as well as TAA. We also discuss the results of our recent studies showing that epigenetic treatments based on administration of methyltransferase inhibitors in combination with PDT can release effective mechanisms leading to development of antitumor immunity and potentiated antitumor effects. PMID:26284197

  8. New stable synthetic bacteriochlorins for photodynamic therapy of melanoma

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    Mroz, Pawel; Huang, Ying-Ying; Janjua, Sahar; Zhiyentayev, Timur; Ruzié, Christian; Borbas, K. Eszter; Fan, Dazhong; Krayer, Michael; Balasubramanian, Thiagarajan; Yang, Eun Kyung; Kee, Hooi Ling; Holten, Dewey; Lindsey, Jonathan S.; Hamblin, Michael R.

    2009-06-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has been successfully used to treat many malignancies, and has afforded highly encouraging results in skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma. However, pigmented melanoma remains a notable exception from the range of tumors treated by PDT largely due to the fact that melanin has high absorption of light in wavelength regions where most clinically approved photosensitizers (PS) absorb light (600-690 nm). Moreover, melanoma cells sequester exogenous molecules including photosensitizers inside melanosomes. The aforementioned drawbacks of the clinically used PS have motivated us to search for new classes of PS with improved spectral properties, such as bacteriochlorins (BC) to be used in PDT of melanoma. To overcome the PDT-resistance mechanisms of melanoma, particularly the high optical absorption of melanin, three near-infrared (NIR) absorbing synthetic stable BC were used in PDT treatment of melanoma. Dose and fluence dependent cell killing, intracellular localization (particularly in melanosomes), and correlation between the melanin level and cell death were examined. Intracellular melanosomes are ruptured after illumination as shown by electron microscopy. The best in vitro performing BC were tested upon delivery in micellar nanoparticles against a mouse pigmented melanoma. Two of the BC were effective at significantly lower concentrations (<0.5 ?M) than common photosensitizers in present use.

  9. Light dosimetry calculations for esophageal photodynamic therapy using porfimer sodium

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    Jones, Linda R.; Preyer, Norris W., Jr.; Davis, Monica A.; Grimes, Carson; Edling, Kristie; Holdgate, Nicholas; Wallace, Michael B.; Wolfsen, Herbert C.

    2006-02-01

    Background: Photodynamic therapy using porfimer sodium (Ps-PDT) is approved for use in patients with Barrett's highgrade dysplasia and esophageal carcinoma. Ps-PDT light dosimetry, however, is critically important to treatment outcomes since insufficient ablation results in residual dysplasia and carcinoma while excessive treatment results in stricture formation. Aim: The aim of this study was to model esophageal PDT with optical absorption and scattering coefficients derived from an ex-vivo porcine multilayer esophagus model. Methods: Optical coefficients were derived for the mucosal and muscle layers of normal pig esophagus. The mucosal layer (mucosa, muscularis mucosa and submucosa) was separated from the muscle layer. Diffuse reflectance and transmittance were measured with an integrating sphere spectrophotometer. Absorption and reduced scattering coefficients were determined with the inverse adding doubling method. (Table not available in abstract, see pdf of paper) Multilayer Monte Carlo simulation and single-layer mathematical dosimetry equations were employed to model esophageal PDT with the derived coefficients. Porfimer sodium addition was modeled with an increase in both absorption and scattering. Depth of injury, assumed to require a threshold light dose, was estimated for various light doses commonly used in clinical practice. Depth of injury was then compared to clinical outcomes reported in the literature for various light doses.

  10. Photodynamic therapy improves the ultraviolet-irradiated hairless mice skin

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    Jorge, Ana Elisa S.; Hamblin, Michael R.; Parizotto, Nivaldo A.; Kurachi, Cristina; Bagnato, Vanderlei S.

    2014-03-01

    Chronic exposure to ultraviolet (UV) sunlight causes premature skin aging. In light of this fact, photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an emerging modality for treating cancer and other skin conditions, however its response on photoaged skin has not been fully illustrated by means of histopathology. For this reason, the aim of this study was analyze whether PDT can play a role on a mouse model of photoaging. Hence, SKH-1 hairless mice were randomly allocated in two groups, UV and UV/PDT. The mice were daily exposed to an UV light source (280-400 nm: peak at 350 nm) for 8 weeks followed by a single PDT session using 20% 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) topically. After the proper photosensitizer accumulation within the tissue, a non-coherent red (635 nm) light was performed and, after 14 days, skin samples were excised and processed for light microscopy, and their sections were stained with hematoxylin-eosin (HE) and Masson's Trichrome. As a result, we observed a substantial epidermal thickening and an improvement in dermal collagen density by deposition of new collagen fibers on UV/PDT group. These findings strongly indicate epidermal and dermal restoration, and consequently skin restoration. In conclusion, this study provides suitable evidences that PDT improves the UV-irradiated hairless mice skin, supporting this technique as an efficient treatment for photoaged skin.

  11. Effects of vascular targeting photodynamic therapy on lymphatic tumor metastasis

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    Fateye, B.; He, C.; Chen, B.

    2009-06-01

    Vascular targeting photodynamic therapy (vPDT) is currently in clinical trial for prostate cancer (PCa) treatment. In order to study the effect of vPDT on tumor metastasis, GFP-PC3 or PC-3 xenografts were treated with verteporfin (BPD) PDT. Vascular function was assessed by ultrasound imaging; lymph node and lung metastasis were assessed by fluorescence imaging. vPDT significantly reduced tumor blood flow within 30minutes to 2 hours of treatment. Sub-curative treatment resulted in re-perfusion within 2 weeks of treatment and increased lymph node metastasis. With curative doses, no metastasis was observed. In order to identify cellular or matrix factors and cytokines implicated, conditioned medium from BPD PDTtreated endothelial cells was incubated with PC3 cells in vitro. Tumor cell proliferation and migration was assessed. By immunoblotting, we evaluated the change in mediators of intracellular signaling or that may determine changes in tumor phenotype. Low sub-curative dose (200ng/ml BPD) of endothelial cells was associated with ~15% greater migration in PC3 cells when compared with control. This dose was also associated with sustained activation of Akt at Ser 473, an upstream effector in the Akt/ mTOR pathway that has been correlated with Gleason scores in PCa and with survival and metastasis in vitro and in vivo. In conclusion, the study implicates efficacy of PDT of endothelial cells as an important determinant of its consequences on adjacent tumor proliferation and metastasis.

  12. Reduction of Endotracheal Tube Biofilms Using Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy

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    Biel, Merrill A.; Sievert, Chet; Usacheva, Marina; Teichert, Matthew; Wedell, Eric; Loebel, Nicolas; Rose, Andreas; Zimmermann, Ron

    2011-01-01

    Background Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is reported to occur in 12 to 25% of patients who require mechanical ventilation with a mortality rate of 24 to 71%. The endotracheal (ET) tube has long been recognized as a major factor in the development of VAP since biofilm harbored within the ET tube become dislodged during mechanical ventilation and have direct access to the lungs. The objective of this study was to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of a non-invasive antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT) treatment method of eradicating antibiotic resistant biofilms from ET tubes in an in vitro model. Methods Antibiotic resistant polymicrobial biofilms of Pseudomonas aerugenosa and MRSA were grown in ET tubes and treated, under standard ventilator conditions, with a methylene blue (MB) photosensitizer and 664nm non-thermal activating light. Cultures of the lumen of the ET tube were obtained before and after light treatment to determine efficacy of biofilm reduction. Results The in vitro ET tube biofilm study demonstrated that aPDT reduced the ET tube polymicrobial biofilm by >99.9% (p<0.05%) after a single treatment. Conclusions MB aPDT can effectively treat polymicrobial antibiotic resistant biofilms in an ET tube. PMID:21987599

  13. Pretreatment to enhance protoporphyrin IX accumulation in photodynamic therapy.

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    Gerritsen, M J P; Smits, T; Kleinpenning, M M; van de Kerkhof, P C M; van Erp, P E J

    2009-01-01

    The response rates of photodynamic therapy (PDT) vary widely. Limited uptake of topically applied 5-aminolaevulinic acid (ALA), or its methyl ester (MAL), and suboptimal production of protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) may account for these differences. Recently, we demonstrated that hyperkeratosis is an important negative factor in ALA uptake. This review has its focus on pretreatment of the skin in order to improve the clinical outcome of ALA/MAL PDT. Pretreatment of hyperkeratosis can be achieved with keratolytics, curettage/debulking, tape stripping, microdermabrasion or laser ablation. Penetration enhancers may alter the composition or organization of the intercellular lipids of the stratum corneum. Several studies have been performed on the use of dimethyl sulfoxide, azone, glycolic acid, oleic acid and iontophoresis to increase the penetration of ALA. As PpIX production is also dominated by temperature-dependent processes, elevating skin temperature during ALA application may also improve treatment results. Another approach is the use of additives that interact with the heme biosynthetic pathway, e.g. by removing ferrous iron with iron-chelating substances such as: ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid; 3-hydroxypyridin-4-ones; 1,2-diethyl-3-hydroxypyridin-4-one-hydrochloride; and desferrioxamine. In conclusion, simple pretreatments or additions to the regular practice of PDT, aimed to optimize intralesional PpIX content, improve the clinical outcome. PMID:19077380

  14. Fluorescence guided evaluation of photodynamic therapy as acne treatment

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    Ericson, Marica B.; Horfelt, Camilla; Cheng, Elaine; Larsson, Frida; Larko, Olle; Wennberg, Ann-Marie

    2005-08-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an attractive alternative treatment for patients with acne because of its efficiency and few side effects. Propionibacterium acnes (P.acnes) are bacteria present in the skin, which produce endogenous porphyrins that act as photosensitisers. In addition, application of aminolaevulinic acid or its methyl ester (mALA) results in increased accumulation of porphyrins in the pilosebaceous units. This makes it possible to treat acne with PDT. This initial study investigates the possibility of fluorescence imaging as assessment tool in adjunct to PDT of patients with acne. Twenty-four patients with acne on the cheeks have been treated with PDT with and without mALA. Fluorescence images have been obtained before and after treatment. The clinical acne score was assessed as base line before PDT, and at every follow up visit. Additionally the amount of P.acnes was determined. The clinical evaluation showed a general improvement of acne, even though no difference between treatment with and without mALA was observed. By performing texture analysis and multivariate data analsysis on the fluorescence images, the extracted texture features were found to correlate with the corresponding clinical assessment (67%) and amount of P.acnes (72%). The analysis showed that features describing the highly fluorescent pores could be related to the clinical assessment. This result suggests that fluorescence imaging can be used as an objective assessment of acne, but further improvement of the technique is possible, for example by including colour images.

  15. Absence of bacterial resistance following repeat exposure to photodynamic therapy

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    Pedigo, Lisa A.; Gibbs, Aaron J.; Scott, Robert J.; Street, Cale N.

    2009-06-01

    The prevalence of antibiotic resistant bacteria necessitates exploration of alternative approaches to treat hospital and community acquired infections. The aim of this study was to determine whether bacterial pathogens develop resistance to antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT) during repeated sub-lethal challenge. Antibiotic sensitive and resistant strains of S. aureus and antibiotic sensitive E. coli were subjected to repeat PDT treatments using a methylene blue photosensitizer formulation and 670 nm illumination from a non-thermal diode laser. Parameters were adjusted such that kills were <100% so that surviving colonies could be passaged for subsequent exposures. With each repeat, kills were compared to those using non-exposed cultures of the same strain. Oxacillin resistance was induced in S. aureus using a disc diffusion method. For each experiment, "virgin" and "repeat" cultures were exposed to methylene blue at 0.01% w/v and illuminated with an energy dose of 20.6 J/cm2. No significant difference in killing of E. coli (repeat vs. virgin culture) was observed through 11 repeat exposures. Similar results were seen using MSSA and MRSA, wherein kill rate did not significantly differ from control over 25 repeat exposures. In contrast, complete oxacillin resistance could be generated in S. aureus over a limited number of exposures. PDT is effective in the eradication of pathogens including antibiotic resistance strains. Furthermore, repeated sub-lethal exposure does not induce resistance to subsequent PDT treatments. The absence of resistance formation represents a significant advantage of PDT over traditional antibiotics.

  16. Photodynamic therapy in thoracic oncology: a single institution experience

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    Luketich, James D.; Fernando, Hiran C.; Christie, Neil A.; Litle, Virginia R.; Ferson, Peter F.; Buenaventura, Percival O.

    2001-04-01

    We have performed 800 photodynamic therapy (PDT) treatments in over 300 patients at the University of Pittsburgh since 1996. Over 150 patients have undergone PDT for palliation of dysphagia for esophageal cancer. Of the first 77 dysphagia improved in 90.8% with a mean dysphagia-free interval of 80 days. An expandable metal stent was required for extrinsic compression in 19 patients. We have treated 14 high-risk patients with early esophageal cancer or Barrett's high-grade dysplasia for curative intent. At a median follow-up of 12.8 months eight remain free of cancer. Over 100 patients have undergone PDT for lung cancer. Sixty-two patients received 77 courses for palliation. Thirty-five patients were treated for non-massive hemoptysis with resolution in 90%. Forty-four patients were treated for dyspnea with improvement in 59%. A subset of seven high-risk patients with early lung cancer were treated with curative intent. A complete response was seen in 7/10 lesions at a mean follow-up of 30 months. PDT offers good palliation for both advanced esophageal and lung cancer. The role of PDT for curative intent needs further investigation in protocol settings. In our preliminary experience we have treated a small number of non-surgical, high-risk patients with a reasonable success rate.

  17. Optimization of photodynamic therapy with chlorins for chest malignancies

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    Ris, Hans-Beat; Giger, Andreas; Im Hof, Vinzenz; Althaus, Ulrich; Altermatt, Hans J.

    1996-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) following surgical tumor resection is leading to improved local tumor control and might be useful for selected intrathoracic malignancies. However, optimal tumor selectivity of PDT is mandatory to avoid injury of adjacent normal tissues. (1) PDT was applied on human tumor xenografts (malignant mesothelioma, squamous cell carcinoma of the neck, adenocarcinoma of the colon). M-tetrahydroxyphenylchlorin (mTHPC) and polyethylene glycol-derived mTHPC (MD-mTHPC) were administered i.p. The tumor and normal tissue of the hind leg were irradiated with 652 nm laser-light. Drug and light doses and drug-light intervals were varied. The extent of necrosis was assessed histologically. (2) Intrathoracic PDT was performed in minipigs with drug-light doses optimized in nude mice. After administration of the sensitizers i.v., intrathoracic structures were irradiated and analyzed histologically. The tumor selectivity of PDT increased in the xenograft model by: (1) choosing an appropriate drug light interval; (2) decreasing the drug dose while increasing the light dose; and (3) applying MD-mTHPC instead of mTHPC. In the minipig model, the extent of injury of intrathoracic structures was equally related to modulation of treatment conditions. The modification of chlorins and the modulation of the drug-light conditions improved the tissue selectivity of PDT. Nevertheless, further methodological optimizations are prerequisites for clinical use of PDT, especially for intraoperative application in thoracic surgery.

  18. Treatment of Canine Osseous Tumors with Photodynamic Therapy: A Pilot Study

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    London, C.; Seguin, B.; Rodriguez, C.; Wilson, B. C.; Bisland, S. K.

    2009-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy uses nonthermal coherent light delivered via fiber optic cable to locally activate a photosensitive chemotherapeutic agent that ablates tumor tissue. Owing to the limitations of light penetration, it is unknown whether photodynamic therapy can treat large osseous tumors. We determined whether photodynamic therapy can induce necrosis in large osseous tumors, and if so, to quantify the volume of treated tissue. In a pilot study we treated seven dogs with spontaneous osteosarcomas of the distal radius. Tumors were imaged with MRI before and 48 hours after treatment, and the volumes of hypointense regions were compared. The treated limbs were amputated immediately after imaging at 48 hours and sectioned corresponding to the MR axial images. We identified tumor necrosis histologically; the regions of necrosis corresponded anatomically to hypointense tissue on MRI. The mean volume of necrotic tissue seen on MRI after photodynamic therapy was 21,305 mm3 compared with a pretreatment volume of 6108 mm3. These pilot data suggest photodynamic therapy penetrates relatively large canine osseous tumors and may be a useful adjunct for treatment of bone tumors. PMID:19159117

  19. Treatment of canine osseous tumors with photodynamic therapy: a pilot study.

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    Burch, S; London, C; Seguin, B; Rodriguez, C; Wilson, B C; Bisland, S K

    2009-04-01

    Photodynamic therapy uses nonthermal coherent light delivered via fiber optic cable to locally activate a photosensitive chemotherapeutic agent that ablates tumor tissue. Owing to the limitations of light penetration, it is unknown whether photodynamic therapy can treat large osseous tumors. We determined whether photodynamic therapy can induce necrosis in large osseous tumors, and if so, to quantify the volume of treated tissue. In a pilot study we treated seven dogs with spontaneous osteosarcomas of the distal radius. Tumors were imaged with MRI before and 48 hours after treatment, and the volumes of hypointense regions were compared. The treated limbs were amputated immediately after imaging at 48 hours and sectioned corresponding to the MR axial images. We identified tumor necrosis histologically; the regions of necrosis corresponded anatomically to hypointense tissue on MRI. The mean volume of necrotic tissue seen on MRI after photodynamic therapy was 21,305 mm(3) compared with a pretreatment volume of 6108 mm(3). These pilot data suggest photodynamic therapy penetrates relatively large canine osseous tumors and may be a useful adjunct for treatment of bone tumors. PMID:19159117

  20. Oral proliferative verrucous leukoplakia treated with the photodynamic therapy: a case report

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    Romeo, Umberto; Russo, Nicola; Palaia, Gaspare; Tenore, Gianluca; Del Vecchio, Alessandro

    2014-01-01

    Summary Aims About 60% of the oral cancer arise on a pre-existent potentially malignant disorder of oral mucosa like the oral proliferative verrucous leukoplakia. The treatment with the photodynamic therapy of these lesions represents, in the last years, an innovative, non-invasive and effective therapeutic possibility to achieve the secondary prevention of oral cancer. In the last decade, case reports have described patients with similar treated through a photochemical reaction induced by laser light. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of the topical 5-ALA photodynamic therapy in the treatment of a case of Oral proliferative verrucous leukoplakia. Case report A female patient of 80 years old affected by white verrucous plaques on the right buccal mucosa was recruited for our case report. The right side lesion was treated with the photodynamic therapy with topical administered 5-aminolevulinic acid using the 635 nm laser light to activate the photosensitizer. Results The lesion showed complete response after 4 sessions of photodynamic therapy and no recurrence was noticed after 12 months. Conclusions The photodynamic therapy can be considered an effective treatment in the management of oral verrucous proliferative leukoplakia, but more clinical trials, with prolonged follow-up controls, are necessary to evaluate its effectiveness in the mid and long time period. PMID:25002922

  1. Rethinking of photodynamic therapy on cerebral glioma: the difficult of necrotic tissue exclusion and its sequence

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    Qiu, Yongming; Lu, Zhaofeng; Liu, Zhe; Luo, Qi-Zhong

    2005-07-01

    The photodynamic therapy of cerebral gliomas is one kind of adjunctive therapy after operative tumor removal. But it is not widely accepted until now. We report two cases of failure treatment in our totally consecutive ten patients treated with this method and analyse the cause of the poor outcome. Unlike the uninary system and digest system, the difficult of necrotic tumor or brain tissue exclusion in the brain is marked and resulted in poor result. Our view is that the problem of massive necrotic tumor tissue exclusion which is the wish of therapist and the key of achieving good result might limit the further application of photodynamic therapy on cerebral gliomas.

  2. Using fluorescence to augment the efficacy of photodynamic therapy

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    Dickey, Dwayne J.; Liu, Weiyang; Naicker, Selvaraj; Woo, Thomas; Moore, Ronald B.; Tulip, John

    2006-09-01

    Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is a relatively novel oncological treatment modality, in which a patient is administered a photosensitive drug, called a photosensitizer. After allowing sufficient time for biodistribution, the cancerous area is irradiated with light of the appropriate wavelength, activating the photosensitizer to produce highly reactive singlet oxygen, which produces a highly localized cell kill. The efficacy of PDT is determined by a) the intensity of the light b) the local concentration of the photosensitizer, and c) the availability of oxygen. However, with the clinical application of PDT, the patient is simply administered a body mass dependent quantity of photosensitizer, and then the target area is administered a prescribed amount of radiant energy (joules per cubic centimetre). For treatment of superficial malignancies, PDT has many successes; however, interstitial PDT (PDT of solid, internal malignancies) has inconsistent outcomes mostly due to the inability to predict, calculate or measure the variables that affect PDT: the radiation dose, oxygen concentration, and the photosensitizer concentration. We have developed sophisticated methods to determine the behaviour of light in homogeneous biological tissues. Tissue oxygen levels can be replenished by fractionating the light dose - allowing areas of your target tissue to go through a "dark" cycle during PDT. However, to date, there has not been an accurate method of determining tissue photosensitizer concentrations in-vivo. We are researching the efficacy of a novel hypocrellin derivative, SL-052. Like other photosensitizers available, SL-052 shows strong therapeutic photodynamic activity when irradiated by 635 nm light. Like most photosensitizers, SL-052 exhibits fluorescent activity, but SL-052 also shows strong fluorescent emission at 725nm when excited by 635 nm. The intensity of the fluorescent emission can been correlated with the local concentration of the photosenstizer. However, many clinically available photosensitizers require that fluorescence is excited using a wavelength of light much shorter than the therapeutic wavelength. This characteristic allows us to monitor the availability of the photosensitizer during PDT and to correlate the outcome of PDT to the observed fluorescence. In this paper, we monitor the temporal distribution of SL-052 in the Dunning R3327-AT cell line grown on the flank of a Fisher Copenhangen rats.

  3. Adjuvant therapies for HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders

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    McGuire, Jennifer L; Barrett, Jeffrey S; Vezina, Heather E; Spitsin, Sergei; Douglas, Steven D

    2014-01-01

    Objective HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder (HAND) is a frequent and heterogeneous complication of HIV, affecting nearly 50% of infected individuals in the combined antiretroviral therapy (cART) era. This is a particularly devastating statistic because the diagnosis of HAND confers an increased risk of HIV-associated morbidity and mortality in affected patients. While cART is helpful in the treatment of the more severe forms of HAND, there is a therapeutic gap in the milder forms of HAND, where cART is less effective. Multiple adjuvant therapies with various mechanisms of action have been studied (N-methyl D-aspartate [NMDA]-receptor antagonists, MAO-B inhibitors, tetracycline-class antibiotics, and others), but none have shown a clear positive effect in HAND. While this lack of efficacy may be because the appropriate therapeutic targets have not yet been determined, we aimed to discuss that study results may also influenced by clinical trial design. Methods This report is a systematic review of clinical trials of adjuvant therapies for HAND performed from January 1996 through June 2014. Results Possible drawbacks in study design, including lack of standardized case definitions, poorly defined target populations, inappropriate dose selection and measurable outcomes, and brief study durations may have masked true underlying mechanistic effects of previously investigated adjuvant therapies for HAND in specific patient populations. Conclusions A proposal for streamlining and maximizing the likelihood of success in future clinical studies using a ‘learning and confirming’ investigational paradigm, incorporating stronger adaptive Phase I/II study designs, computerized modeling, and population/goal of treatment-specific Phase III clinical trials is presented. PMID:25540809

  4. Photodynamic therapy of cancer: five-year clinical experience

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    Stranadko, Eugeny P.; Skobelkin, Oleg K.; Vorozhtsov, Georgy N.; Mironov, Andrei F.; Beshleul, Stanislav E.; Markitchev, Nikolai A.; Riabov, Michail V.

    1997-12-01

    The results of application of photodynamic therapy (PDT) for treatment of malignant tumors of skin, breasts, tongue, oral mucose, lower lip, larynx, stomach, bladder, rectum and other localizations were assessed. In 1992 - 1997 more than 1200 tumoral foci in 288 patients have been treated with PDT. Most of the patients have been taken for PDT for tumoral recurrences or intradermal metastases after surgery, gamma- therapy or combined treatment. A certain number of patients had not been treated before due to severe accompanying diseases or old age. Russian photosensitizers Photoheme in dosage 1.0 - 5.0 mg/kg body weight, and Photosense in dosage 0.5 - 1.5 mg/kg body weight were used. Laser irradiation was performed using Coherent 'Innova-200' and Russian laser devices: copper vapor-pumped dye laser (wavelength 630 nm, output power -- 5 W), gold-vapor lasers (wavelength 628 nm, output power -- 2 W), solid-state laser (wavelength 670 nm, output power -- 2 W). In several cases non-laser light emitting devices have been employed. Up to date we possess the follow-up data in term from 2 months to 5 years. Therapeutic effect took place in 94.4% of the cases, including complete tumor resorption in 56.2% and partial resorption in 38.2% of the cases. The results of PDT application for treating malignant tumors allow one to estimate PDT as an adequate technique and in some tumor localizations PDT might become a method of choice. This new promising technique of cancer treatment is successfully applied in Russia. New photosensitizers and sources of light for PDT and fluorescent diagnostics are being developed.

  5. Photodynamic therapy for localized infections – state of the art

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    Dai, Tianhong; Huang, Ying-Ying; Hamblin, Michael R

    2009-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) was discovered over one hundred years ago by observing the killing of microorganisms when harmless dyes and visible light were combined in vitro. Since then it has primarily been developed as a treatment for cancer, ophthalmologic disorders and in dermatology. However in recent years interest in the antimicrobial effects of PDT has revived and it has been proposed as a therapy for a large variety of localized infections. This revival of interest has largely been driven by the inexorable increase in drug resistance amongst many classes of pathogen. Advantages of PDT include equal killing effectiveness regardless of antibiotic resistance, and a lack of induction of PDT resistance. Disadvantages include the cessation of the antimicrobial effect when the light is turned off, and less than perfect selectivity for microbial cells over host tissue. This review will cover the use of PDT to kill or inactivate pathogens in ex vivo tissues and in biological materials such as blood. PDT has been successfully used to kill pathogens and even to save life in several animal models of localized infections such as surface wounds, burns, oral sites, abscesses and the middle ear. A large number of clinical studies of PDT for viral papillomatosis lesions and for acne refer to its anti-microbial effect, but it is unclear how important this microbial killing is to the overall therapeutic outcome. PDT for periodontitis is a rapidly growing clinical application and other dental applications are under investigation. PDT is being clinically studied for other dermatological infections such as leishmaniasis and mycobacteria. Antimicrobial PDT will become more important in the future as antibiotic resistance is only expected to continue to increase. PMID:19932449

  6. Stimulation of dendritic cells enhances immune response after photodynamic therapy

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    Mroz, Pawel; Castano, Ana P.; Hamblin, Michael R.

    2009-02-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) involves the administration of photosensitizers followed by illumination of the primary tumor with red light producing reactive oxygen species that cause vascular shutdown and tumor cell necrosis and apoptosis. Anti-tumor immunity is stimulated after PDT due to the acute inflammatory response, priming of the immune system to recognize tumor-associated antigens (TAA). The induction of specific CD8+ Tlymphocyte cells that recognize major histocompatibility complex class I (MHC-I) restricted epitopes of TAAs is a highly desirable goal in cancer therapy. The PDT killed tumor cells may be phagocytosed by dendritic cells (DC) that then migrate to draining lymph nodes and prime naÃve T-cells that recognize TAA epitopes. This process is however, often sub-optimal, in part due to tumor-induced DC dysfunction. Instead of DC that can become mature and activated and have a potent antigen-presenting and immune stimulating phenotype, immature dendritic cells (iDC) are often found in tumors and are part of an immunosuppressive milieu including regulatory T-cells and immunosuppressive cytokines such as TGF-beta and IL10. We here report on the use of a potent DC activating agent, an oligonucleotide (ODN) that contains a non-methylated CpG motif and acts as an agonist of toll like receptor (TLR) 9. TLR activation is a danger signal to notify the immune system of the presence of invading pathogens. CpG-ODN (but not scrambled non-CpG ODN) increased bone-marrow DC activation after exposure to PDT-killed tumor cells, and significantly increased tumor response to PDT and mouse survival after peri-tumoral administration. CpG may be a valuable immunoadjuvant to PDT especially for tumors that produce DC dysfunction.

  7. Quinones as photosensitizer for photodynamic therapy: ROS generation, mechanism and detection methods.

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    Rajendran, M

    2016-03-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is based on the dye-sensitized photooxidation of biological matter in the target tissue, and utilizes light activated drugs for the treatment of a wide variety of malignancies. Quinones and porphyrins moiety are available naturally and involved in the biological process. Quinone metabolites perform a variety of key functions in plants which includes pathogen protection, oxidative phosphorylation, and redox signaling. Quinones and porphyrin are biologically accessible and will not create any allergic effects. In the field of photodynamic therapy, porphyrin derivatives are widely used, because it absorb in the photodynamic therapy window region (600-900nm). Hence, researchers synthesize drugs based on porphyrin structure. Benzoquinone and its simple polycyclic derivatives such as naphthaquinone and anthraquinones absorb at lower wavelength region (300-400nm), which is lower than porphyrin. Hence they are not involved in PDT studies. However, higher polycyclic quinones absorb in the photodynamic therapy window region (600-900nm), because of its conjugation and can be used as PDT agents. Redox cycling has been proposed as a possible mechanism of action for many quinone species. Quinones are involved in the photodynamic as well as enzymatic generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Generations of ROS may be measured by optical, phosphorescence and EPR methods. The photodynamically generated ROS are also involved in many biological events. The photo-induced DNA cleavage by quinones correlates with the ROS generating efficiencies of the quinones. In this review basic reactions involving photodynamic generation of ROS by quinones and their biological applications were discussed. PMID:26241780

  8. Toluidine blue O-conjugated gold nanoparticles for photodynamic therapy of cultured colon cancer

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    Al-Majmaie, Rasoul; Alattar, Nebras; Zerulla, Dominic; Al-Rubeai, Mohamed

    2012-06-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an emerging technique for the treatment of cancerous and non-cancerous conditions. Gold nanoparticles (GNPs) possess unique physical and chemical properties which allow them to act as multifunctional agents in nanomedicine. GNP- photosensitizer conjugates have attracted increasing attention in drug delivery for photodynamic cancer therapy. In the present investigation, we prepared covalent conjugates of the photosensitizer Toluidine Blue O (TBO) and thiol protected GNPs. The suitability of TBO- GNPs conjugates for in vitro PDT was assayed using the SW480 Human colon adenocarcinoma cell line. Our results suggest that gold nanoparticle conjugates are an excellent vehicle for delivery of photosensitizer agents in the photodynamic therapy of cultured tumour cells.

  9. Preliminary results of intraoperative photodynamic therapy with 5-aminolevulinic acid in dogs with prostate carcinoma.

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    L'eplattenier, H F; Klem, B; Teske, E; van Sluijs, F J; van Nimwegen, S A; Kirpensteijn, J

    2008-11-01

    Six client-owned dogs with prostate carcinoma were treated with a combination of (1) partial subcapsular prostatectomy using an Nd:YAG laser, (2) intraoperative photodynamic therapy using a halogen broad band lamp after local administration of a photosensitiser, and (3) systemic treatment with meloxicam. Median survival time was 41days (range 10-68days), which compared negatively with previous reports of subtotal laser prostatectomy combined with topical interleukin-2 administration, and photodynamic therapy alone. Despite treatment, the disease progressed locally, causing signs of stranguria to recur, and in the form of distant metastases. The recurrence of clinical signs due to the primary tumour despite photodynamic therapy is probably largely explained by insufficient penetration of light into the tissue. Better results may be obtained using other light sources (e.g. laser) and alternative techniques of light delivery, such as fibres or catheters allowing interstitial diffusion of light. PMID:17904397

  10. Racial and Ethnic Differences in Adjuvant Hormonal Therapy Use

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    Li, Christopher; John, Esther M.; Terry, Mary Beth; Daly, Mary; Buys, Saundra S.; Habel, Laurel; Thompson, Beti; Yanez, N. David; Coronado, Gloria D.

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background In the United States, 5-year breast cancer survival is highest among Asian American women, followed by non-Hispanic white, Hispanic, and African American women. Breast cancer treatment disparities may play a role. We examined racial/ethnic differences in adjuvant hormonal therapy use among women aged 18–64 years, diagnosed with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer, using data collected by the Northern California Breast Cancer Family Registry (NC-BCFR), and explored changes in use over time. Methods Odds ratios (OR) comparing self-reported ever-use by race/ethnicity (African American, Hispanic, non-Hispanic white vs. Asian American) were estimated using multivariable adjusted logistic regression. Analyses were stratified by recruitment phase (phase I, diagnosed January 1995–September 1998, phase II, diagnosed October 1998–April 2003) and genetic susceptibility, as cases with increased genetic susceptibility were oversampled. Results Among 1385 women (731 phase I, 654 phase II), no significant racial/ethnic differences in use were observed among phase I or phase II cases. However, among phase I cases with no susceptibility indicators, African American and non-Hispanic white women were less likely than Asian American women to use hormonal therapy (OR 0.20, 95% confidence interval [CI]0.06–0.60; OR 0.40, CI 0.17–0.94, respectively). No racial/ethnic differences in use were observed among women with 1+ susceptibility indicators from either recruitment phase. Conclusions Racial/ethnic differences in adjuvant hormonal therapy use were limited to earlier diagnosis years (phase I) and were attenuated over time. Findings should be confirmed in other populations but indicate that in this population, treatment disparities between African American and Asian American women narrowed over time as adjuvant hormonal treatments became more commonly prescribed. PMID:22731764

  11. Unsuccessful treatment of recalcitrant cutaneous discoid lupus erythematosus with photodynamic therapy.

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    Romero-Maté, Alberto; Castaño-Suárez, Esther; García-Donoso, Carmen; Martínez-Morán, Cristina; Meseguer-Yebra, Carmen; Borbujo, Jesús

    2010-06-01

    Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) can be a therapeutic challenge. Antimalarials and topic steroids are the first-line standard therapies, while systemic steroids, immunomodulators (as azathioprine, methotrexate, cyclosporine), retinoids (acitretin), thalidomide, auranofin and dapsone are used as second-line therapies. We report two patients with recalcitrant DLE who were treated with three and two sessions of 5-aminolevulinic photodynamic therapy without an improvement and with a bad tolerance to the therapy. PMID:20584256

  12. Second malignancies after breast cancer: The impact of adjuvant therapy.

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    Dong, Chunhui; Chen, Ling

    2014-05-01

    Second malignant neoplasms (SMNs) are potentially life-threatening late sequelae of the adjuvant therapy for breast cancer (BC). The increased risk of SMNs is associated with adjuvant chemotherapy (development of secondary acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome) and hormonal therapy (risk of uterine cancer secondary to tamoxifen treatment). Previous studies have demonstrated an increased risk of SMNs associated with alkylating agents, topoisomerase-II inhibitors, granulocyte-stimulating factors and estrogen receptor modulators. Furthermore, analytical investigations have demonstrated that BC patients may be at an increased risk of leukemia following chemotherapy. In addition, correlations between an increased dose of hormonal therapy and solid tumor risk have been identified. Considering the ongoing alterations in the treatment of BC, with respect to lowering the daily as well as the cumulative dose of chemo-therapeutic agents, it is anticipated that leukemias will have a considerably lower impact on BC survivors in the future. However, diligent follow-up is required to accurately evaluate the long-term risks associated with chemotherapy. PMID:24772296

  13. Physiotherapy as an adjuvant therapy for treatment of TMJ disorders.

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    Aggarwal, Anshul; Keluskar, Vaishali

    2012-01-01

    Physiotherapy has long been used to cure joint and muscle diseases. It has also been used to treat various diseases without inflicting mental trauma or the pain of surgery. This adjunctive therapeutic modality is widely used for patients with orofacial disorders, especially in the prevention or treatment of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, hypomobility, or ankylosis. Physiotherapy has a particular importance in the treatment of TMJ disorders such as myofascial pain and internal derangement. This review article highlights the importance of physiotherapy as an emerging adjuvant therapy in the treatment of TMJ disorders. PMID:22414516

  14. Contrast enhanced-magnetic resonance imaging as a surrogate to map verteporfin delivery in photodynamic therapy

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    Samkoe, Kimberley S.; Bryant, Amber; Gunn, Jason R.; Pereira, Stephen P.; Hasan, Tayyaba; Pogue, Brian W.

    2013-12-01

    The use of in vivo contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance (MR) imaging as a surrogate for photosensitizer (verteporfin) dosimetry in photodynamic therapy of pancreas cancer is demonstrated by correlating MR contrast uptake to ex vivo fluorescence images on excised tissue. An orthotopic pancreatic xenograft mouse model was used for the study. A strong correlation (r=0.57) was found for bulk intensity measurements of T1-weighted gadolinium enhancement and verteporfin fluorescence in the tumor region of interest. The use of contrast-enhanced MR imaging shows promise as a method for treatment planning and photosensitizer dosimetry in human photodynamic therapy (PDT) of pancreas cancer.

  15. Photodynamic therapy: a new antimicrobial approach to infectious disease?

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    Hasan, Tayyaba

    2011-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) employs a non-toxic dye, termed a photosensitizer (PS), and low intensity visible light which, in the presence of oxygen, combine to produce cytotoxic species. PDT has the advantage of dual selectivity, in that the PS can be targeted to its destination cell or tissue and, in addition, the illumination can be spatially directed to the lesion. PDT has previously been used to kill pathogenic microorganisms in vitro, but its use to treat infections in animal models or patients has not, as yet, been much developed. It is known that Gram-(−) bacteria are resistant to PDT with many commonly used PS that will readily lead to phototoxicity in Gram-(+) species, and that PS bearing a cationic charge or the use of agents that increase the permeability of the outer membrane will increase the efficacy of killing Gram-(−) organisms. All the available evidence suggests that multi-antibiotic resistant strains are as easily killed by PDT as naïve strains, and that bacteria will not readily develop resistance to PDT. Treatment of localized infections with PDT requires selectivity of the PS for microbes over host cells, delivery of the PS into the infected area and the ability to effectively illuminate the lesion. Recently, there have been reports of PDT used to treat infections in selected animal models and some clinical trials: mainly for viral lesions, but also for acne, gastric infection by Helicobacter pylori and brain abcesses. Possible future clinical applications include infections in wounds and burns, rapidly spreading and intractable soft-tissue infections and abscesses, infections in body cavities such as the mouth, ear, nasal sinus, bladder and stomach, and surface infections of the cornea and skin. PMID:15122361

  16. A new paradigm for photodynamic therapy: coherent control

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    Yang, Di; Savolainen, Janne; Jafarpour, Aliakbar; Sprünken, Daan; Herek, Jennifer L.

    2009-06-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a treatment based on the interaction of light, photosensitizing agents and tissue oxygen. The light delivery in PDT is usually optimized by controlling the intensity, the spectrum, and/or the dosage of excitation light. In this paper, we introduce a novel method that aims to improve the efficiency of PDT by controlling the phase of the excitation light, an important and so far neglected parameter. This coherent control approach utilizes the coherence properties of light-matter interaction and aims to manipulate the quantum interferences between various available reaction pathways. In general, an outcome of a photochemical reaction can be optimized by enhancing the desired reaction pathways and suppressing other unwanted pathways. Such optimizations can be done by appropriate tailoring of the electric field profile of a broadband coherent excitation light, i.e. ultrafast laser pulse. Here, we used a femtosecond laser source with adaptive pulse shaping together with a molecular feedback in a learning loop to search for and synthesize such 'smart' laser pulses. Our control objective is to enhance the triplet yield of a model photosensitizer zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc), which then leads to enhancement of the overall PDT process. We use two coherent control schemes where we optimize the ratio between the excited singlet state (S) and triplet state (T) ZnPc molecules both ways (S/T and T/S). We demonstrate a control of 15% over the triplet yield between the found best and the worst pulse shapes. Our preliminary results show that phase shaping can indeed be used in manipulating photosensitizer photophysics and correspondingly the yield of singlet oxygen.

  17. Phthalocyanine-labeled LDL for tumor imaging and photodynamic therapy

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    Li, Hui; Marotta, Diane; Kim, Soungkyoo; Chance, Britton; Glickson, Jerry D.; Busch, Theresa M.; Zheng, Gang

    2005-01-01

    Current limitation of both near-infrared (NIR) tumor imaging and photodynamic therapy (PDT) is their lack of sufficient tumor-to-tissue contrast due to the relatively non-specific nature of delivering dye to the tumor, which has led to false negatives for NIR imaging and inadequate therapeutic ratio for PDT. Hence, agents targeting "cancer signatures", i.e. molecules that accumulate selectively in cancer cells, are particular attractive. One of these signatures is low-density-lipoprotein receptor (LDLR), which is overexpressed in many tumors. We have developed pyropheophorbide cholesterol oleate reconstituted LDL as a LDLR-targeting photosensitizer (PS) and demonstrated its LDLR-mediated uptake in vitro and in vivo. To improve the labeling efficiency for achieving high probe/protein ratio, tetra-t-butyl silicon phthalocyanine bearing two oleate moieties at its axial positions, (tBu)4SiPcBOA, was designed and synthesized. This compound was designed to 1) prevent the PS aggregation; 2) improve the PS solubility in non-polar solvent; and 3) maximize the PS binding to LDL phospholipid monolayer. Using this novel strategy, (tBu)4SiPcBOA was reconstituted into LDL (r-SiPcBOA-LDL) with a very high payload (500:1 molar ratio). In addition, (tBu)4SiPcBOA reconstituted acetylated LDL (r-SiPcBOA)-AcLDL with similar payload was also prepared. Since Ac-LDL cannot bind to LDLR, (r-SiPcBOA)-AcLDL can serve as the negative control to evaluate LDLR targeting specificity. For biological evaluation of these new agents, confocal microscopy and in vitro PDT protocols were performed using LDLR-overexpressing human hepatoblastoma G2 (HepG2) tumor model. These studies suggest that LDL serves as a delivery vehicle to bring large amount of the NIR/PDT agents selectively to tumor cells overexpressing LDLR.

  18. Interstitial photodynamic therapy for the prostate: a canine feasibility study

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    Shetty, Sugandh D.; Sirls, Larry T.; Chen, Qun; Hetzel, Fred W.; Cerny, Joseph C.

    1996-05-01

    Prior to a possible clinical application of photodynamic therapy (PDT) for prostatic diseases such as benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostate cancer, optical properties of the prostate gland need to be studied. The specific objectives of this study were (1) to determine the light penetration depth, (2) to document the photosensitizer levels in the prostate, and (3) to document the lesion size after PDT. Sixteen dogs were injected with Photofrin II (1, 3 and 5 mg/kg) 24 hrs prior to laser application. After laparotomy and exposure of prostate, monochromatic light (630 nm, via an argon pumped dye laser) was applied through an isotropic fiber at 100 mw for a total dose of 400 joules. Continuous light fluence and temperature were documented. Prostates were harvested at 1 week and examined histologically for the lesion size. Four sham dogs were treated without Photofrin II. At Photofrin doses of 1, 3 and 5 mg/kg the mean prostatic Photofrin levels were 1.78 plus or minus 0.33, 1.47 plus or minus 0.08 and 1.95 plus or minus 0.44 (mu) gm/ml. The mean light penetration depths were 2.08, 1.37 and 1.64 mm respectively. Photofrin dose escalation (1, 3 and 5 mg/kg) increased the lesion size to radius of 4.1 plus or minus 0.9 mm, 4.4 plus or minus 0.8 mm and 6.3 plus or minus 0.9 mm. There were no lesions seen in sham dogs. These results demonstrate that light penetration in prostate is consistent and therapeutic levels of photosensitizer are achieved in prostatic tissue. Moreover, increasing size of the lesions were documented with dose escalation.

  19. Tetra-triethyleneoxysulfonyl substituted zinc phthalocyanine for photodynamic cancer therapy.

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    Kuzyniak, Weronika; Ermilov, Eugeny A; Atilla, Devrim; Gürek, Ayşe Gül; Nitzsche, Bianca; Derkow, Katja; Hoffmann, Björn; Steinemann, Gustav; Ahsen, Vefa; Höpfner, Michael

    2016-03-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has emerged as an effective and minimally invasive treatment option for several diseases, including some forms of cancer. However, several drawbacks of the approved photosensitizers (PS), such as insufficient light absorption at therapeutically relevant wavelengths hampered the clinical effectiveness of PDT. Phthalocyanines (Pc) are interesting PS-candidates with a strong light absorption in the favourable red spectral region and a high quantum yield of cancer cell destroying singlet oxygen generation. Here, we evaluated the suitability of tetra-triethyleneoxysulfonyl substituted zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc) as novel PS for PDT. ZnPc-induced phototoxicity, induction of apoptosis as well as cell cycle arresting effects was studied in the human gastrointestinal cancer cell lines of different origin. Photoactivation of ZnPc-pretreated (1-10μM) cancer cells was achieved by illumination with a broad band white light source (400-700nm) at a power density of 10J/cm(2). Photoactivation of ZnPc-loaded cells revealed strong phototoxic effects, leading to a dose-dependent decrease of cancer cell proliferation of up to almost 100%, the induction of apoptosis and a G1-phase arrest of the cell cycle, which was associated with decrease in cyclin D1 expression. By contrast, ZnPc-treatment without illumination did not induce any cytotoxicity, apoptosis, cell cycle arrest or decreased cell growth. Antiangiogenic effects of ZnPc-PDT were investigated in vivo by performing CAM assays, which revealed a marked degradation of blood vessels and the capillary plexus of the chorioallantoic membrane of fertilized chicken eggs. Based on our data we think that ZnPc may be a promising novel photosensitizer for innovative PDT. PMID:26162500

  20. Tin Tungstate Nanoparticles: A Photosensitizer for Photodynamic Tumor Therapy.

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    Seidl, Carmen; Ungelenk, Jan; Zittel, Eva; Bergfeldt, Thomas; Sleeman, Jonathan P; Schepers, Ute; Feldmann, Claus

    2016-03-22

    The nanoparticulate inorganic photosensitizer β-SnWO4 is suggested for photodynamic therapy (PDT) of near-surface tumors via reiterated 5 min blue-light LED illumination. β-SnWO4 nanoparticles are obtained via water-based synthesis and comprise excellent colloidal stability under physiological conditions and high biocompatibility at low material complexity. Antitumor and antimetastatic effects were investigated with a spontaneously metastasizing (4T1 cells) orthotopic breast cancer BALB/c mouse model. Besides protamine-functionalized β-SnWO4 (23 mg/kg of body weight, in PBS buffer), chemotherapeutic doxorubicin was used as positive control (2.5 mg/kg of body weight, in PBS buffer) and physiological saline (DPBS) as a negative control. After 21 days, treatment with β-SnWO4 resulted in a clearly inhibited growth of the primary tumor (all tumor volumes below 3 cm(3)) as compared to the doxorubicin and DPBS control groups (volumes up to 6 cm(3)). Histological evaluations of lymph nodes and lungs as well as the volume of ipsilateral lymph nodes show a remarkable antimetastatic effect being similar to chemotherapeutic doxorubicin but-according to blood counts-at significantly reduced side effects. On the basis of low material complexity, high cytotoxicity under blue-light LED illumination at low dark and long-term toxicity, β-SnWO4 can be an interesting addition to PDT and the treatment of near-surface tumors, including skin cancer, esophageal/gastric/colon tumors as well as certain types of breast cancer. PMID:26894966

  1. Photodynamic antimicrobial therapy of curcumin in biofilms and carious dentine.

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    Araújo, N C; Fontana, C R; Bagnato, V S; Gerbi, M E M

    2014-03-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a technique that involves the activation of photosensitizers by light in the presence of oxygen, resulting in the production of reactive radicals that are capable of inducing cell death. The present study evaluated the susceptibility of Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus acidophilus to PDT grown as multi-species in the biofilm phase versus in dentine carious lesions. A brain-heart infusion culture medium supplemented with 1% glucose, 2% sucrose, and 1% young primary culture of L. acidophilus 10(8) CFU/mL and S. mutans 10(8) CFU/mL was used to develop multi-species biofilms and to induce caries on human dentine slabs. Five different concentrations of curcumin (0.75, 1.5, 3.0, 4.0, and 5.0 g/L) were used associated with 5.7 J/cm(2) light emission diode. Four different groups were analyzed L-D- (control group), L-D+ (drug group), L+D- (light group), and L+D+ (PDT group). ANOVA/Tukey's tests were conducted to compare groups. A significant reduction (p <0.05) in cell viability was observed in the biofilm phase following photosensitization with all curcumin concentrations tested. To achieve significant bacterial reduction (p <0.05) in carious dentine, it was necessary to utilize 5.0 g/L of curcumin in association with blue light. No significant reduction was found for L-D+, supporting the absence of the drug's dark toxicity. S. mutans and L. acidophilus were susceptible to curcumin in the presence of blue light. However, due to light penetration and drug diffusion difficulties, these microorganisms within dentine carious lesions were less affected than they were in the biofilm phase. PMID:23793414

  2. Galactodendritic Phthalocyanine Targets Carbohydrate-Binding Proteins Enhancing Photodynamic Therapy

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    Pereira, Patrícia M. R.; Silva, Sandrina; Cavaleiro, José A. S.; Ribeiro, Carlos A. F.; Tomé, João P. C.; Fernandes, Rosa

    2014-01-01

    Photosensitizers (PSs) are of crucial importance in the effectiveness of photodynamic therapy (PDT) for cancer. Due to their high reactive oxygen species production and strong absorption in the wavelength range between 650 and 850 nm, where tissue light penetration is rather high, phthalocyanines (Pcs) have been studied as PSs of excellence. In this work, we report the evaluation of a phthalocyanine surrounded by a carbohydrate shell of sixteen galactose units distributed in a dendritic manner (PcGal16) as a new and efficient third generation PSs for PDT against two bladder cancer cell lines, HT-1376 and UM-UC-3. Here, we define the role of galacto-dendritic units in promoting the uptake of a Pc through interaction with GLUT1 and galectin-1. The photoactivation of PcGal16 induces cell death by generating oxidative stress. Although PDT with PcGal16 induces an increase on the activity of antioxidant enzymes immediately after PDT, bladder cancer cells are unable to recover from the PDT-induced damage effects for at least 72 h after treatment. PcGal16 co-localization with galectin-1 and GLUT1 and/or generation of oxidative stress after PcGal16 photoactivation induces changes in the levels of these proteins. Knockdown of galectin-1 and GLUT1, via small interfering RNA (siRNA), in bladder cancer cells decreases intracellular uptake and phototoxicity of PcGal16. The results reported herein show PcGal16 as a promising therapeutic agent for the treatment of bladder cancer, which is the fifth most common type of cancer with the highest rate of recurrence of any cancer. PMID:24763311

  3. Low dose mTHPC photodynamic therapy for cholangiocarcinoma

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    Stepp, Herbert; Kniebühler, Gesa; Pongratz, Thomas; Betz, Christian S.; Göke, Burkhard; Sroka, Ronald; Schirra, Jörg

    2013-06-01

    Objective: Demonstration of whether a low dose of mTHPC (temoporfin , Foscan) is sufficient to induce an efficient clinical response in palliative PDT of non-resectable cholangiocarcinoma (CC), while showing a low side effect profile as compared to the standard Photofrin PDT. Materials and Methods: 13 patients (14 treatment sessions) with non-resectable CC were treated with stenting and PDT (3 mg Foscan per treatment, 0.032-0.063 mg/kg body weight, 652 nm, 50 J/cm). Fluorescence measurements were performed with a single bare fiber for 5/13 patients prior to PDT at the tumor site to determine the fluorescence contrast. For another 7/13 patients, long-term fluorescence-kinetics were measured on the oral mucosa to determine the time of maximal relative fluorescence intensity. Results: Foscan fluorescence could clearly be identified spectroscopically as early as 20 hours after administration. It was not significantly different between lesion and normal tissue within the bile duct. Fluorescence kinetics assessed at the oral mucosa were highest at 72-96 hours after administration. The DLI was therefore extended from 20 hours to approx. 70 hours for the last 5 patients treated. The treatment effect was promising with a median survival of 11 months for the higher grade tumors (Bismuth types III and IV). Local side effects occurred in one patient (pancreatitis), systemic side effects were much reduced compared to prior experience with Photofrin. Conclusion: Combined stenting and photodynamic therapy (PDT) performed with a low dose of Foscan results in comparable survival times relative to standard Photofrin PDT, while lowering the risk of side effects significantly.

  4. Pentamethylpyrromethene boron difluoride complexes in human ovarian cancer photodynamic therapy

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    Morgan, Lee R.; Chaudhuri, Aulena; Gillen, Laura E.; Boyer, Joseph H.; Wolford, Lionel T.

    1990-07-01

    Quasiaromatic heterocycles (QAM) such as substituted 1 , 3 , 5 , 7 , 8-pentamethylpyrromethene boron difluorides (PMP-BF2) and - (dimethoxyphosphinylmethyl, methyl) bimane have been evaluated for their abilities to produce cellular toxicities when used in photodynamic therapy (PDT) for ovarian cancer. The most active QAH tested to date has been the disodiuxn salt of PMP-2,6-disulfonate--BF2 (PMPDS-BF2). Human ovarian cancer cells from fifteen different patients have been grown in culture. Cells were obtained from biopsy material and grown in RPMI medium with 10% FBA plus penicillin and streptomycin. Cells were harvested and as single cell suspensions exposed to PMP-BF2 complexes or bimanes in concentrations of 0.004-0.4 ug/106 cells/ml of medium. Initially the cells were exposed to the chemicals for 30 minutes in a 5% CO2 incubator (37°C) with gentle shaking. The cells were washed with plain RPMI medium, then resuspended in the enriched RPMI medium and exposed to a sunlamp for 10-20 minutes. Cells were then allowed to grow in an soft agar culture media at 37°C (5% C02) for 14 days. When compared to controls (only light or only chemicals) there was 100% inhibition of all cellular growth for PMPDSBF2 at the 0.4 ug/mi concentrations. There was variations in concentrations of the chemical needed to produce 100% inhibition when the 15 different ovarian cancer cell specimens were compared at all concentrations. PMP-BF2 complexes are characterized by extremely high extinction coefficients, superior laser activity and little if any triplet-triplet absorption. The biamanes share these properties however are less active in ovarian cancer cell The lasing properties of PMP-BF2, and bimanes will be compared to their PDT effectiveness.

  5. Target cell specific antibody-based photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy

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    Rosenblum, Lauren T.; Mitsunaga, Makoto; Kakareka, John W.; Morgan, Nicole Y.; Pohida, Thomas J.; Choyke, Peter L.; Kobayashi, Hisataka

    2011-03-01

    In photodynamic therapy (PDT), localized monochromatic light is used to activate targeted photosensitizers (PS) to induce cellular damage through the generation of cytotoxic species such as singlet oxygen. While first-generation PS passively targeted malignancies, a variety of targeting mechanisms have since been studied, including specifically activatable agents. Antibody internalization has previously been employed as a fluorescence activation system and could potentially enable similar activation of PS. TAMRA, Rhodamine-B and Rhodamine-6G were conjugated to trastuzumab (brand name Herceptin), a humanized monoclonal antibody with specificity for the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), to create quenched PS (Tra-TAM, Tra-RhoB, and Tra-Rho6G). Specific PDT with Tra-TAM and Tra-Rho6G, which formed covalently bound H-dimers, was demonstrated in HER2+ cells: Minimal cell death (<6%) was observed in all treatments of the HER2- cell line (BALB/3T3) and in treatments the HER2+ cell line (3T3/HER2) with light or trastuzumab only. There was significant light-induced cell death in HER2 expressing cells using Tra-TAM (3% dead without light, 20% at 50 J/cm2, 46% at 100 J/cm2) and Tra-Rho6G (5% dead without light, 22% at 50 J/cm2, 46% at 100 J/cm2). No efficacy was observed in treatment with Tra-RhoB, which was also non-specifically taken up by BALB/3T3 cells and which had weaker PS-antibody interactions (as demonstrated by visualization of protein and fluorescence on SDS-PAGE).

  6. Canine treatment with SnET2 for photodynamic therapy

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    Frazier, Donita L.; Milligan, Andrew J.; Vo-Dinh, Tuan; Morgan, Alan R.; Overholt, Bergein F.

    1990-07-01

    Photodynamic therapy is a treatment technique that utilizes the photoactived species of a drug to destroy tumor tissue. To be successful, the drug must localize in tumor tissue preferentially over normal tissue and must be activated by light of a specific wavelength. Currently the only drug to be approved for clinical use is Heinatoporphyrin Derivative (HpD) although a series of new drugs are being developed for use in the near future. One of the drugs belongs to a class called purpurins which display absorp-' tions between 630-711 nm. Along with several other investigators, we are currently exploring the characteristics of a specific purpurin (SnET2) in normal and tumorous canine tissue. The use of this compound has demonstrated increased tumor control rates in spontaneous dog tumors. Preliminary pharmacokinetic studies have been performed on 6 normal beagle dogs. SnET2 (2 mg/kg) was injected intravenously over 10 minutes and blood was collected at 5, 15, 30, 45 minutes and at 1, 2, 4, 8, 12 and 24 hours following administration for determination of drug concentration and calculation of pharinacokinetic parameters. Skin biopsies were collected at 1, 4, 8, 12 and 24 hours. Dogs were euthanized at 24 hours and tissues (liver, kidney muscle, esophagus, stomach, duodenum, jejunum, ileura, colon, adrenal gland, thyroid, heart, lung, urinary bladder, prostate, pancreas, eye, brain) were collected for drug raeasurement. Drug was shown to persist in liver and kidney for a prolonged period of time coiapared to other tissues. Knowledge of the pharmacokinetic properties of the drug will greatly add to the ability to treat patients with effective protocols.

  7. Optimal adjuvant therapy for very young breast cancer patients.

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    Francis, Prudence A

    2011-08-01

    Approximately one in forty women diagnosed with early breast cancer is very young (<35 years) and this age group has a worse prognosis. The inferior prognosis in very young women appears to have two aspects. Very young women present more frequently with tumors with adverse histo-pathologic features. However, even when the histo-pathologic features appear favorable (ie. endocrine responsive tumors), analyses suggest that very young women with hormone receptor positive tumors are a sub-group at particular risk for adverse outcomes, compared to older premenopausal women with similar tumors. Chemotherapy induced amenorrhea has been shown to be associated with better outcomes and very young women are less likely to develop amenorrhea. Trials to determine the optimal adjuvant hormonal therapy for very young women are important. After breast conserving surgery, very young women are at increased risk for local recurrence and require particular attention to adequacy of surgical excision, including DCIS. Younger women undergoing breast conservation benefit from a boost dose of radiation. The option of genetic counseling should be provided to women diagnosed at a very young age. When considering adjuvant systemic treatments, fertility and contraception may be important considerations for this age group. Pregnancy after a diagnosis of adequately treated early breast cancer does not appear to be associated with an increased risk for relapse. Very young women are at higher risk for psycho-social distress and non-compliance with adjuvant systemic therapy. Young women should be informed that lifestyle factors after diagnosis may reduce the risk of recurrence. PMID:21605976

  8. Neoadjuvant and Adjuvant Therapy for HER2 Positive Disease.

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    Chia, Stephen K

    2015-01-01

    Since the initial description of the HER2 proto-oncogene as a poor prognostic factor in breast cancer in 1987, to the first randomized trial of a monoclonal antibody directed against HER2 in combination with chemotherapy for the treatment of metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer published in 2001, to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2005 Annual Meeting in which we saw the unprecedented collective presentations demonstrating the dramatic benefit of trastuzumab in the adjuvant setting-the clinical landscape of HER2-overexpressing breast cancer has forever changed. More recently, there has been increasing use of preoperative chemotherapy and anti-HER2 targeted therapies in primary operable HER2 disease in the research domain and in clinical practice. In the next few years, we will see if dual adjuvant anti-HER2 antibody inhibition produces clinically significant improvements in outcome; understand if there is a role of small molecule inhibitors of the HER family of receptors either in combination or sequential to trastuzumab; further refine the relationship between pathologic complete response (pCR) and long-term clinical outcomes; and find predictive biomarkers to identify cohorts of patients that may need differential combinations and/or durations of anti-HER2 therapies. PMID:25993203

  9. Using antimicrobial adjuvant therapy in cancer treatment: a review

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    2012-01-01

    Recent clinical and pre-clinical data demonstrate that adjuvant antimicrobial therapy is beneficial in cancer treatment. There could be several reasons for this effect, which include treating cancer associated bacteria and viruses, prophylaxis of post-chemotherapy infections due to immunosuppression, and antiproliferative effect of certain antimicrobials. Targeting cancer associated viruses and bacteria with antimicrobial agents is currently used for gastric, cervical, hematopoietic, liver and brain cancer. However this treatment is effective only in combination with conventional therapies. Antimicrobials can also have a direct antiproliferative and cytotoxic effect, and can cause apoptosis. Moreover, some antimicrobials are known to be helpful in overcoming side effects of drugs commonly used in cancer treatment. Chemotherapy related bacteremia and neutropenia can be overcome by the appropriately timed use of antimicrobials. This review summarizes the data on the effects of antivirals and antibiotics on cancer treatment and describes their mechanisms. PMID:23164412

  10. Optical Dosimetry and Treatment Planning for Photodynamic Therapy

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    Baran, Timothy M.

    Accurate dosimetry and treatment planning for photodynamic therapy (PDT) require knowledge of tissue optical properties and models of light propagation. We present techniques, based on reflectance and fluorescence spectroscopy, to examine these problems using analytical approximations and Monte Carlo (MC) simulations. We begin with studies that monitored PDT in mouse models using reflectance and fluorescence spectroscopy. In the first, spectroscopy informed the optimization of treatment parameters for methylene blue PDT, with dependencies on injection vehicle, drug-light interval, and fluence found. In the second, fluorescence photobleaching during Pc 4 PDT was examined for correlation to tumor response. Irradiance-dependent photobleaching was demonstrated, but was not predictive of tumor response. Next we outline the graphics processing unit enhanced MC model that was used to simulate light propagation in tissue. We demonstrate a number of source models that were used in subsequent experiments. We then focus on the recovery of optical properties from diffuse reflectance measurements by examining two studies. In the first study, diffuse reflectance measurements were made at the surface of human kidneys to extract optical properties, which were then used in MC simulations of interstitial PDT. We found that the optical properties measured make PDT feasible in human kidneys. We then examined the interstitial recovery of optical properties using a custom optical probe. This recovery was based on a MC model of the probe used, with a mean error of 6.5% in the determination of absorption. We examined fluorescence detection by cylindrical diffusing fibers using a MC model. This model predicted heterogeneous fluorescence detection, which was verified experimentally. Recovery of intrinsic fluorescence from point, interstitial measurements was demonstrated. This technique did not require a prori knowledge of the tissue optical properties, and was used to determine these values. Mean error of fluorophore concentration recovery was 12%, while mean error for background absorption was 23%. Finally, we demonstrate a treatment planning modality for interstitial PDT based on clinical imaging, optical spectroscopy, and MC simulations. This allows for individualized therapy based on the patient's anatomy and optical properties. We demonstrate optimization of diffuser placement, and show results for determination of deposited dose.

  11. Studies of photodynamic therapy: Investigation of physiological mechanisms and dosimetry

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    Woodhams, Josephine Helen

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a treatment for a range of malignant and benign lesions using light activated photosensitising drugs in the presence of molecular oxygen. PDT causes tissue damage by a combination of processes involving the production of reactive oxygen species (in particular singlet oxygen). Since the PDT cytotoxic effect depends on oxygen, monitoring of tissue oxygenation during PDT is important for understanding the basic physiological mechanisms and dosimetry of PDT. This thesis describes the use of non-invasive, optical techniques based on visible light reflectance spectroscopy for the measurement of oxy- to deoxyhaemoglobin ratio or haemoglobin oxygen saturation (HbSat). HbSat was monitored at tissue sites receiving different light dose during aluminium disulphonated phthalocyanine (AIS2PC) PDT. Results are presented on real time PDT-induced changes in HbSat in normal tissue (rat liver) and experimental tumours, and its correlation with the final biological effect under different light regimes, including fractionated light delivery. It was found to some extent that changes in HbSat could indicate whether the tissue would be necrotic after PDT and it was concluded that online physiological dosimetry is feasible for PDT. The evaluation of a new photosensitiser for PDT called palladium-bacteriopheophorbide (WST09) has been carried out in normal and tumour tissue in vivo. WST09 was found to exert a strong PDT effect but was active only shortly after administration. WST09 produced substantial necrosis in colonic tumours whilst only causing a small amount of damage to the normal colon under certain conditions indicating a degree of selectivity. Combination therapy with PDT for enhancing the extent of PDT-induced damage has been investigated in vivo by using the photochemical internalisation (PCI) technique and Type 1 mechanism enhanced phototoxicity with indole acetic acid (IAA). PCI of gelonin using AIS2PC PDT in vivo after systemic administration of gelonin was shown to enhance the effect of PDT in normal liver. The use of PDT and IAA did not result in a synergistic response.

  12. Combined photothermal and photodynamic therapy delivered by PEGylated MoS2 nanosheets

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    Liu, Teng; Wang, Chao; Cui, Wei; Gong, Hua; Liang, Chao; Shi, Xiaoze; Li, Zhiwei; Sun, Baoquan; Liu, Zhuang

    2014-09-01

    Single- or few-layered transitional metal dichalcogenides, as a new genus of two-dimensional nanomaterials, have attracted tremendous attention in recent years, owing to their various intriguing properties. In this study, chemically exfoliated MoS2 nanosheets are modified with lipoic acid-terminated polyethylene glycol (LA-PEG), obtaining PEGylated MoS2 (MoS2-PEG) with high stability in physiological solutions and no obvious toxicity. Taking advantage of its ultra-high surface area, the obtained MoS2-PEG is able to load a photodynamic agent, chlorin e6 (Ce6), by physical adsorption. In vitro experiments reveal that Ce6 after being loaded on MoS2-PEG shows remarkably increased cellular uptake and thus significantly enhanced photodynamic therapeutic efficiency. Utilizing the strong, near-infrared (NIR) absorbance of the MoS2 nanosheets, we further demonstrate photothermally enhanced photodynamic therapy using Ce6-loaded MoS2-PEG for synergistic cancer killing, in both in vitro cellular and in vivo animal experiments. Our study presents a new type of multifunctional nanocarrier for the delivery of photodynamic therapy, which, if combined with photothermal therapy, appears to be an effective therapeutic approach for cancer treatment.Single- or few-layered transitional metal dichalcogenides, as a new genus of two-dimensional nanomaterials, have attracted tremendous attention in recent years, owing to their various intriguing properties. In this study, chemically exfoliated MoS2 nanosheets are modified with lipoic acid-terminated polyethylene glycol (LA-PEG), obtaining PEGylated MoS2 (MoS2-PEG) with high stability in physiological solutions and no obvious toxicity. Taking advantage of its ultra-high surface area, the obtained MoS2-PEG is able to load a photodynamic agent, chlorin e6 (Ce6), by physical adsorption. In vitro experiments reveal that Ce6 after being loaded on MoS2-PEG shows remarkably increased cellular uptake and thus significantly enhanced photodynamic therapeutic efficiency. Utilizing the strong, near-infrared (NIR) absorbance of the MoS2 nanosheets, we further demonstrate photothermally enhanced photodynamic therapy using Ce6-loaded MoS2-PEG for synergistic cancer killing, in both in vitro cellular and in vivo animal experiments. Our study presents a new type of multifunctional nanocarrier for the delivery of photodynamic therapy, which, if combined with photothermal therapy, appears to be an effective therapeutic approach for cancer treatment. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr03753g

  13. Antimicrobial photodynamic therapy in the treatment of aggressive periodontitis: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

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    Souza, Emmanuel; Medeiros, Ana Cláudia; Gurgel, Bruno César; Sarmento, Carlos

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this systematic review was to investigate whether the use of antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT) as an adjuvant to scaling and root planning (SRP) yields better results than SRP alone or associated with systemic antibiotics in the treatment of aggressive periodontitis (AgP). A meta-analysis was performed according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis (PRISMA) statements and Cochrane Collaboration recommendations. The search for relevant studies (earliest record to January 2015) was carried out in seven databases, followed by a manual search. Methodological quality assessment of the studies selected was based on an analysis of the risk of bias. At each time point of follow-up, the existence of significant differences (p?

  14. The sensitivity of normal brain and intracranially implanted VX2 tumour to interstitial photodynamic therapy.

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    Lilge, L.; Olivo, M. C.; Schatz, S. W.; MaGuire, J. A.; Patterson, M. S.; Wilson, B. C.

    1996-01-01

    The applicability and limitations of a photodynamic threshold model, used to describe quantitatively the in vivo response of tissues to photodynamic therapy, are currently being investigated in a variety of normal and malignant tumour tissues. The model states that tissue necrosis occurs when the number of photons absorbed by the photosensitiser per unit tissue volume exceeds a threshold. New Zealand White rabbits were sensitised with porphyrin-based photosensitisers. Normal brain or intracranially implanted VX2 tumours were illuminated via an optical fibre placed into the tissue at craniotomy. The light fluence distribution in the tissue was measured by multiple interstitial optical fibre detectors. The tissue concentration of the photosensitiser was determined post mortem by absorption spectroscopy. The derived photodynamic threshold values for normal brain are significantly lower than for VX2 tumour for all photosensitisers examined. Neuronal damage is evident beyond the zone of frank necrosis. For Photofrin the threshold decreases with time delay between photosensitiser administration and light treatment. No significant difference in threshold is found between Photofrin and haematoporphyrin derivative. The threshold in normal brain (grey matter) is lowest for sensitisation by 5 delta-aminolaevulinic acid. The results confirm the very high sensitivity of normal brain to porphyrin photodynamic therapy and show the importance of in situ light fluence monitoring during photodynamic irradiation. Images Figure 1 Figure 4 Figure 5 Figure 6 Figure 7 PMID:8562339

  15. Polymeric photosensitizer-embedded self-expanding metal stent for repeatable endoscopic photodynamic therapy of cholangiocarcinoma.

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    Bae, Byoung-chan; Yang, Su-Geun; Jeong, Seok; Lee, Don Haeng; Na, Kun; Kim, Joon Mee; Costamagna, Guido; Kozarek, Richard A; Isayama, Hiroyuki; Deviere, Jacques; Seo, Dong Wan; Nageshwar Reddy, D

    2014-10-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a new therapeutic approach for the palliative treatment of malignant bile duct obstruction. In this study, we designed photosensitizer-embedded self-expanding nonvascular metal stent (PDT-stent) which allows repeatable photodynamic treatment of cholangiocarcinoma without systemic injection of photosensitizer. Polymeric photosensitizer (pullulan acetate-conjugated pheophorbide A; PPA) was incorporated in self-expanding nonvascular metal stent. Residence of PPA in the stent was estimated in buffer solution and subcutaneous implantation on mouse. Photodynamic activity of PDT-stent was evaluated through laserexposure on stent-layered tumor cell lines, HCT-116 tumor-xenograft mouse models and endoscopic intervention of PDT-stent on bile duct of mini pigs. Photo-fluorescence imaging of the PDT-stent demonstrated homogeneous embedding of polymeric Pheo-A (PPA) on stent membrane. PDT-stent sustained its photodynamic activities at least for 2 month. And which implies repeatable endoscopic PDT is possible after stent emplacement. The PDT-stent after light exposure successfully generated cytotoxic singlet oxygen in the surrounding tissues, inducing apoptotic degradation of tumor cells and regression of xenograft tumors on mouse models. Endoscopic biliary in-stent photodynamic treatments on minipigs also suggested the potential efficacy of PDT-stent on cholangiocarcinoma. In vivo and in vitro studies revealed our PDT-stent, allows repeatable endoscopic biliary PDT, has the potential for the combination therapy (stent plus PDT) of cholangiocarcinoma. PMID:25043500

  16. Photodynamic therapy suppresses tumor growth in an in vivo model of human hemangioma.

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    Choi, Jaehoon; Kim, Woo Jung; Park, Sang Woo; Xu, Lianji; Kim, Sang-Hyon; Min, Hye Sook; Kwon, Geun-Yong; Cho, Chung-Hyun; Kim, Sukwha; Choi, Tae Hyun

    2014-01-01

    The authors investigated the efficacy of photodynamic therapy against infantile hemangioma using a hemangioma animal model. Eighty-three hemangioma specimens from five children were implanted into nude mice. The gross and volume changes of the implants were evaluated for up to 13 weeks. The histological change of the implant was evaluated at 5 weeks after transplantation. Photodynamic therapy was performed between 6 and 10 weeks after transplantation. The photosensitizer uptake of the implant was evaluated at 24 h after photosensitizer administration. The implant response was evaluated at 0, 12, and 24 h after light delivery. The change in ATF3 levels, a transcription factor induced under severe hypoxic conditions, was investigated immediately after treatment. The implant volume increased slowly during the first 4 weeks and then involuted. At 5 weeks after transplantation, plump endothelial cells formed tightly packed sinusoidal channels, and the endothelial cells were positive for CD31 and GLUT1 expression. At 24 h after photosensitizer administration, confocal analysis showed that the photosensitizer was present within CD31-positive cells. The implant volume was significantly decreased in the treated implants compared with the untreated implants (p < 0.0001). At 24 h after light delivery, most cells had collapsed. ATF3 expression increased gradually and then reached a maximum level at 4 h after treatment. Photodynamic therapy was effective in the treatment of infantile hemangioma. Apoptosis, a major mechanism of hemangioma destruction in the early phase, might be caused by ischemic injury as well as direct effects of photodynamic therapy. PMID:23784382

  17. Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy to treat chemotherapy-induced oral lesions: Report of three cases.

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    Rocha, Breno Amaral; Melo Filho, Mário Rodrigues; Simões, Alyne

    2016-03-01

    The development of Angular Cheilitis and the reactivation of Herpes Simplex Virus, could be related to a decrease in the resistance of the immune system in the infected host, being common in cancer patients receiving antineoplastic chemotherapy. The objective of the present manuscript is to report Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy as a treatment of infected oral lesions of patients submitted to chemotherapy. PMID:26222604

  18. Phage Therapy and Photodynamic Therapy: Low Environmental Impact Approaches to Inactivate Microorganisms in Fish Farming Plants

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    Almeida, Adelaide; Cunha, Ângela; Gomes, Newton C.M.; Alves, Eliana; Costa, Liliana; Faustino, Maria A.F.

    2009-01-01

    Owing to the increasing importance of aquaculture to compensate for the progressive worldwide reduction of natural fish and to the fact that several fish farming plants often suffer from heavy financial losses due to the development of infections caused by microbial pathogens, including multidrug resistant bacteria, more environmentally-friendly strategies to control fish infections are urgently needed to make the aquaculture industry more sustainable. The aim of this review is to briefly present the typical fish farming diseases and their threats and discuss the present state of chemotherapy to inactivate microorganisms in fish farming plants as well as to examine the new environmentally friendly approaches to control fish infection namely phage therapy and photodynamic antimicrobial therapy. PMID:19841715

  19. Multifunctional gold nanoparticles for photodynamic therapy of cancer

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    Khaing Oo, Maung Kyaw

    As an important and growing branch of photomedicine, photodynamic therapy (PDT) is being increasingly employed in clinical applications particularly for the treatment of skin cancer. This dissertation focuses on the synthesis, characterization and deployment of gold nanoparticles for enhanced PDT of fibrosarcoma cancer cells. We have developed robust strategies and methods in fabrication of gold nanoparticles with positively- and negatively-tethered surface charges by photo-reduction of gold chloride salt using branched polyethyleneimine and sodium citrate respectively. An optimal concentration window of gold salt has been established to yield the most stable and monodispersed gold nanoparticles. 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA), a photosensitizing precursor, has been successfully conjugated on to positively charged gold nanoparticles through electrostatic interactions. The 5-ALA/gold nanoparticle conjugates are biocompatible and have shown to be preferably taken up by cancer cells. Subsequent light irradiation results in the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in cancer cells, leading to their destruction without adverse effects on normal fibroblasts. We have demonstrated for the first time that gold nanoparticles can enhance PDT efficacy by 50% compared to the treatment with 5-ALA alone. Collected evidence has strongly suggested that this enhancement stems from the elevated formation of ROS via the strongly localized electric field of gold nanoparticles. Through single cell imaging using surface-enhanced Raman scattering enabled by the very same gold nanoparticles, we have shown that multifunctionality of gold nanoparticles can be harvested concurrently for biomedical applications in general and for PDT in specific. In other words, gold nanoparticles can be used not only for targeted drug delivery and field-enhanced ROS formation, but also for monitoring cell destructions during PDT. Finally, our COMSOL Multiphysics simulation of the size-dependent electric field intensity, the measured increase in ROS formation and SERS sensitivity with the particle size all converge to a common origin of the surface plasmon resonance of gold nanoparticles and serve to indicate its beneficial role in field-enhanced processes. By integrating nanotechnology with PDT and with the promising outcome, this research has made a significant contribution in advancing the frontier of photomedicine.

  20. Photodynamic therapy in the canine prostate using motexafin lutetium.

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    Hsi, R A; Kapatkin, A; Strandberg, J; Zhu, T; Vulcan, T; Solonenko, M; Rodriguez, C; Chang, J; Saunders, M; Mason, N; Hahn, S

    2001-03-01

    Our purpose was to determine the feasibility of comprehensive treatment of the canine prostate with photodynamic therapy (PDT) using motexafin lutetium (Lu-Tex) and to evaluate the toxicity and tissue effects associated with this treatment. Twenty-five adult male beagles with normal prostate glands were given an i.v. injection of the second-generation photosensitizer Lu-Tex (2-6 mg/kg). An additional two dogs were used as controls and did not receive any photosensitizing drug. All 27 dogs underwent laparotomy to expose the prostate. Three hours postinjection, a total dose of 75-150 J/cm of 732 nm laser light was delivered interstitially and/or transurethrally to the prostate via cylindrical diffusing fibers. Dogs were euthanized between 2 days and 3 months after PDT. All subjects were monitored for clinical evidence of toxicity. Specimens were examined macroscopically and microscopically to characterize the tissue reaction and assess extent of tissue effect as a result of treatment. Interstitial and/or transurethral PDT were successfully delivered in all dogs with no perioperative complications. No clinical evidence of acute urinary obstruction or rectal bleeding was noted. At all dose levels, macroscopic and microscopic evaluation revealed a prostatic tissue reaction characterized initially (within 48 h) by inflammation and necrosis followed by fibrosis and glandular epithelial atrophy. Comprehensive treatment of the entire prostate could be achieved using the interstitial alone approach or combined transurethral and interstitial approach. The transurethral alone approach did not result in complete coverage of the prostate. Dogs receiving transurethral or combined interstitial and transurethral treatment developed erythema and urethral epithelial disruption at all dose levels. Those receiving combined treatment at the highest dose level (Lu-Tex 6 mg/kg, 150 J/cm light) developed urethral fistulae and peritonitis. Dogs treated with the interstitial alone approach were found to have the least amount of urethral damage. Comprehensive treatment of the canine prostate with Lu-Tex PDT is feasible using an interstitial alone or combined interstitial and transurethral approach. The interstitial alone technique results in the least amount of toxicity. The prostatic tissue reaction to treatment is characterized by initial inflammation and necrosis followed by fibrosis and glandular epithelial atrophy. PMID:11297261

  1. Optimization of light dosimetry for photodynamic therapy of Barrett's esophagus

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    Panjehpour, Masoud; Phan, Mary N.; Overholt, Bergein F.; Haydek, John M.

    2004-06-01

    Background and Objective: Photodynamic therapy (PDT) may be used for ablation of high grade dysplasia and/or early cancer (HGD/T1) in Barrett's esophagus. A complication of PDT is esophageal stricture. The objective of this study was to find the lowest light dose to potentially reduce the incidence of strictures while effectively ablating HGD/T1. Materials and Methods: Patients (n=113) with HGD/T1 received an intravenous injection of porfimer sodium (2 mg/kg). Three days later, laser light (630 nm) was delivered using a cylindrical diffuser inserted in a 20 mm.diameter PDT balloon. Patients were treated at light doses of 115 J/cm, 105 J/cm, 95 J/cm and 85 J/cm. The efficacy was determined by four quadrant biopsies of the treated area three months after PDT. The formation of stricture was determined by the incidence of dysphagia and the need for esophageal dilation. Strictures were considered mild if they required less than 6 dilations, and severe if 6 or more dilations were required. Efficacy and incidence of strictures were tabulated as a function of light dose. Results: Using 115 J/cm, there were 17% of patients with residual HGD/T1 after one treatment. However, when the light doses of 105 J/cm, 95 J/cm and 85 J/cm were used, the residual HGD/T1 after one PDT session was increased to 33%, 30%, and 32% respectively. The overall incidence of strictures (mild and severe) was not correlated to the light dose. However, the incidence of severe strictures was directly proportional to the light dose. Using the light dose of 115 J/cm, 15.3% of patients developed severe strictures compared to about 5% in the groups of patients who received the lower light doses. Conclusions: Decreasing the light dose below 115 J/cm doubled the rate of residual HGD/T1 after one treatment while reducing the incidence of severe strictures to one-third of cases from 115 J/cm. The results may be used to evaluate the risks and benefits of different light doses.

  2. A rationale for treating leg length discrepancy using photodynamic therapy

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    Bisland, Stuart K.; Johnson, Crystal; Diab, Mohammed; Wilson, Brian C.; Burch, Shane

    2005-09-01

    This study investigates the use of photodynamic therapy (PDT) in regulating bone development with a view to its potential role in treating Juvenile leg length discrepancy (LLD). Transgenic mice expressing the luciferase firefly gene upon activation of a promoter sequence specific to the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) gene were subject to benzoporphyrin derivative monoacid (BPD-MA)-mediated PDT in the right, tibial epiphyseal growth plate at the age of 3 weeks. BPD-MA was administered intracardially (2mg/kg) followed 10 mins later by a laser light (690 +/- 5 nm) at a range of doses (5-27J, 50 mW output) delivered either as a single or repeat regimen (x2-3). Contra-lateral legs served as no-light controls. Further controls included animals that received light treatment in the absence of photosensitizer or no treatment. Mice were imaged for VEGF related bioluminescence (photons/sec/steradian) at t= 0, 24, 48, 72 h and 1-4 weeks post PDT. FaxitronTM x-ray images provided accurate assessment of bone morphometry. Upon sacrifice, the tibia and femur of the treated and untreated limbs were harvested, imaged and measured again and prepared for histology. A number of animals were sacrificed at 24 h post PDT to allow immunohistochemical staining for CD31, VEGF and hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF-1 alpha) within the bone. PDT-treated (10 J, x2) mice displayed enhanced bioluminescence at the treatment site (and ear nick) for up to 4 weeks post treatment while control mice were bioluminescent at the ear-nick site only. Repeat regimens provided greater shortening of the limb than the corresponding single treatment. PDT-treated limbs were shorter by 3-4 mm on average as compared to the contra lateral and light only controls (10 J, x2). Immunohistochemistry confirmed the enhanced expression VEGF and CD31 at 4 weeks post-treatment although no increase in HIF-1? was evident at either 24 h or 4 weeks post PDT treatment. Results confirm the utility of PDT to provide localized effects on bone development that may be applicable to other related skeletal deformities.

  3. Advances in adjuvant therapy: potential for prognostic and predictive biomarkers.

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    Davar, Diwakar; Tarhini, Ahmad A; Gogas, Helen; Kirkwood, John M

    2014-01-01

    Melanoma is the third most common skin cancer but accounts for the majority of skin cancer-related mortality. The rapidly rising incidence and younger age at diagnosis has made melanoma a leading cause of lost productive years of life and has increased the urgency of finding improved adjuvant therapy for melanoma. Interferon-? was approved for the adjuvant treatment of resected high-risk melanoma following studies that demonstrated improvements in relapse-free survival and overall survival that were commenced nearly 30 years ago. The clinical benefits associated with this agent have been consistently observed across multiple studies and meta-analyses in terms of relapse rate, and to a smaller and less-consistent degree, mortality. However, significant toxicity and lack of prognostic and/or predictive biomarkers that would allow greater risk-benefit ratio have limited the more widespread adoption of this modality.Recent success with targeted agents directed against components of the MAP-kinase pathway and checkpoint inhibitors have transformed the treatment landscape in metastatic disease. Current research efforts are centered around discovering predictive/prognostic biomarkers and exploring the options for more effective regimens, either singly or in combination. PMID:24258973

  4. Managing choices for older patients with colon cancer: adjuvant therapy.

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    Wu, Christina; Goldberg, Richard M

    2013-01-01

    Colon cancer is among the most common cancers in the United States, and the median age of patients at diagnosis is 70. Medical oncologists are commonly asked to comprehensively evaluate elderly patients to estimate individual risk/benefit ratios for adjuvant treatment. Although 40% of patients with colon cancer are elderly, clinical trials enroll mainly younger patients. Consequently, we are forced to depend on subgroup analyses, observational studies, and personal experience to guide recommendations. Decision-making in adjuvant therapy for colon cancer is increasingly complex, as we subdivide patients with stage II to III colon cancer by molecular as well as anatomic staging to predict which are likely to benefit from chemotherapy and then whether the addition of oxaliplatin to 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) is worth the toxicity. It is likely that the tumor biology of younger and older patients differs, and more research is needed to dissect out the biologic heterogeneity of both the tumors and their elderly hosts to help guide treatment. We recognize that our evaluations should not solely be based on temporal age and factor physiology, pharmacology, psychology, functional status, and social support into these considerations. Older patients who are treated must be monitored closely for toxicities when undergoing treatment. Although there is a clear need for clinical trials in this population, treatment decisions confront us today in the absence of definitive evidence. How can we help our patients navigate through these important choices? PMID:23714498

  5. Multifunctionalized mesoporous silica nanoparticles for the in vitro treatment of retinoblastoma: Drug delivery, one and two-photon photodynamic therapy.

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    Gary-Bobo, Magali; Mir, Youssef; Rouxel, Cédric; Brevet, David; Hocine, Ouahiba; Maynadier, Marie; Gallud, Audrey; Da Silva, Afitz; Mongin, Olivier; Blanchard-Desce, Mireille; Richeter, Sébastien; Loock, Bernard; Maillard, Philippe; Morère, Alain; Garcia, Marcel; Raehm, Laurence; Durand, Jean-Olivier

    2012-08-01

    In this work, we focused on mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSN) for one photon excitated photodynamic therapy (OPE-PDT) combined with drug delivery and carbohydrate targeting applied on retinoblastoma, a rare disease of childhood. We demonstrate that bitherapy (camptothecin delivery and photodynamic therapy) performed with MSN on retinoblastoma cancer cells was efficient in inducing cancer cell death. Alternatively MSN designed for two-photon excited photodynamic therapy (TPE-PDT) were also studied and irradiation at low fluence efficiently killed retinoblastoma cancer cells. PMID:22569231

  6. Biomedical applications of nano-titania in theranostics and photodynamic therapy.

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    Rehman, F U; Zhao, C; Jiang, H; Wang, X

    2015-12-15

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is one of the most abundantly used nanomaterials for human life. It is used in sunscreen, photovoltaic devices, biomedical applications and as a food additive and environmental scavenger. Nano-TiO2 in biomedical applications is well documented. It is used in endoprosthetic implants and early theranostics of neoplastic and non-neoplastic maladies as a photodynamic therapeutic agent and as vehicles in nano-drug delivery systems. Herein, we focus on the recent advancements and applications of nano-TiO2 in bio-nanotechnology, nanomedicine and photodynamic therapy (PDT). PMID:26442645

  7. Photodynamic Therapy as Novel Treatment for Halitosis in Adolescents: A Case Series Study

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    Lopes, Rubia Garcia; de Santi, Maria Eugenia Simões Onofre; Franco, Bruno Edin; Deana, Alessandro Melo; Prates, Renato Araujo; França, Cristiane Miranda; Fernandes, Kristianne Porta Santos; Ferrari, Raquel Agnelli Mesquita; Bussadori, Sandra Kalil

    2014-01-01

    Introduction: Halitosis is a common problem that affects a large portion of the population worldwide. The origin of this condition is oral in 90% of cases and systemic in 10% of cases. The foul odor is caused mainly by volatile sulfur compounds produced by Gram-negative bacteria. However, it has recently been found that anaerobic Gram-positive bacteria also produce hydrogen sulfide (H2S) in the presence of amino acids, such as cysteine. Light with and without the combination of chemical agents has been used to induce therapeutic and antimicrobial effects. In photodynamic therapy, the antimicrobial effect is confined to areas covered by the photosensitizing dye. The aim of the present case series study was to evaluate the antimicrobial effect of photodynamic therapy on halitosis in adolescents through the analysis of volatile sulfur compounds measured using a sulfide meter (Halimeter®). Methods: Five adolescents aged 14 to 16 years were evaluated using a sulfide meter before and one hour after photodynamic therapy, which involved the use of methylene blue 0.005% on the middle third and posterior thirds of the dorsum of the tongue and nine points of laser irradiation in the red band (660 nm) with an energy dose of 9 J, power output of 100 mW and 90-seconds exposure time. Results: A 31.8% reduction in the concentration of volatile sulfur compounds was found in the comparison of the initial and final readings. The statistically significant reduction (p = 0.0091) led to an absence of halitosis following treatment (mean: 58.2 ppb). Conclusion: Photodynamic therapy seems to be effective on reduction the concentration of volatile sulfur compounds.Considering the positive effects of photodynamic therapy in this case series, further studies involving microbiological analyses should be conducted to allow comparisons of the results. PMID:25653814

  8. Hypericin-based photodynamic therapy: antitumor activity, accumulation potential, and induced cell death pathway

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    Luksiene, Zivile; Vaitkuviene, Aurelija

    2004-09-01

    In this study the main interest was focused on the to investigation the photodynamic efficacy of hypericin, three other photosensitizers and 5 aminolevulinic acid-induced protopofirin IX in their ability to block the growth of rather aggressive tumor - Ehrlich ascite carcinoma in mice as well as Reh cells in humans (B-leukemia). Hypericin was found to exhibit the highest phototoxicity and antitumor activity in treating Ehrlich ascite carcinoma. The different photosensitizers were ranked as follows: Hypericin > hematoporphyrin dimethyl ether > Photofrin II > meso-tetra (para-sulfophenyl)porphin > 5-aminolevulinic acid. The most important is that just after Hyp-based photodynamic therapy 75% of mice survived a 4 month-period, and no recurrence of tumor within this period was detected in 25% of the treated mice. The clear cut correlation observed between intracellular dye concentration in the tumor cells and efficiency of photodynamic therapy, supports the idea that the intracellular accumulation of the photosensitizer is one of the most important factors in determining the benefit of photodynamic therapy. Hence, the accumulation of the photosensitizer in the tumor cells should be considered as one of the prognostic factors for the determination of the therapeutic outcome. Eventually, one of the most significant result is that hypericin is effective photosensitizer for human B-leukemia cells and induces apoptosis after photosensitization.

  9. Own experience in treatment of patients with penile cancer using photodynamic therapy.

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    Filonenko, Elena; Kaprin, Andrey; Alekseev, Boris; Urlova, Antonina

    2015-01-01

    Penile cancer is a rare pathology. For penile cancer surgical treatment, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and combined modality treatment are available. Because of great importance of this organ for mental condition of patient, the development of organ-preserving methods allowing to minimize impact on patient's quality of life without compromising of oncological results is desirable. In the Center of Laser and Photodynamic diagnosis and treatment of tumors in P.A. Herzen Moscow Cancer Research Institute the methods of photodynamic therapy in patients with penile cancer have been developed. From 2011 to 2013 the treatment was conducted in 11 patients with precancer and cancer of penile. The average age was 56.6. According to morphological diagnosis photodynamic therapy (PDT) was performed using two methods. One method included topical application of agent for PDT and the second intravenous administration of photosensitizer. For topical application alasens was used and for intravenous injection we applied radachlorine. All patients had no complications. Complete regression was achieved in 9 patients, and partial regression in 2. Thus, the results showed that photodynamic therapy for penile cancer stage Tis-1N0M0 permits performing organ-preserving treatment with satisfactory oncological results and no impairment of patient's quality of life. PMID:25834812

  10. Own Experience in Treatment of Patients with Penile Cancer Using Photodynamic Therapy

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    Filonenko, Elena; Kaprin, Andrey; Alekseev, Boris; Urlova, Antonina

    2015-01-01

    Penile cancer is a rare pathology. For penile cancer surgical treatment, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and combined modality treatment are available. Because of great importance of this organ for mental condition of patient, the development of organ-preserving methods allowing to minimize impact on patient's quality of life without compromising of oncological results is desirable. In the Center of Laser and Photodynamic diagnosis and treatment of tumors in P.A. Herzen Moscow Cancer Research Institute the methods of photodynamic therapy in patients with penile cancer have been developed. From 2011 to 2013 the treatment was conducted in 11 patients with precancer and cancer of penile. The average age was 56.6. According to morphological diagnosis photodynamic therapy (PDT) was performed using two methods. One method included topical application of agent for PDT and the second intravenous administration of photosensitizer. For topical application alasens was used and for intravenous injection we applied radachlorine. All patients had no complications. Complete regression was achieved in 9 patients, and partial regression in 2. Thus, the results showed that photodynamic therapy for penile cancer stage Tis-1N0M0 permits performing organ-preserving treatment with satisfactory oncological results and no impairment of patient's quality of life. PMID:25834812

  11. Reduction of thermal damage in photodynamic therapy by laser irradiation techniques

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    Lim, Hyun Soo

    2012-12-01

    General application of continuous-wave (CW) laser irradiation modes in photodynamic therapy can cause thermal damage to normal tissues in addition to tumors. A new photodynamic laser therapy system using a pulse irradiation mode was optimized to reduce nonspecific thermal damage. In in vitro tissue specimens, tissue energy deposition rates were measured in three irradiation modes, CW, pulse, and burst-pulse. In addition, methods were tested for reducing variations in laser output and specific wavelength shifts using a thermoelectric cooler and thermistor. The average temperature elevation per 10 J/cm2 was 0.27°C, 0.09°C, and 0.08°C using the three methods, respectively, in pig muscle tissue. Variations in laser output were controlled within ±0.2%, and specific wavelength shift was limited to ±3 nm. Thus, optimization of a photodynamic laser system was achieved using a new pulse irradiation mode and controlled laser output to reduce potential thermal damage during conventional CW-based photodynamic therapy.

  12. Reduction of thermal damage in photodynamic therapy by laser irradiation techniques.

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    Lim, Hyun Soo

    2012-12-01

    General application of continuous-wave (CW) laser irradiation modes in photodynamic therapy can cause thermal damage to normal tissues in addition to tumors. A new photodynamic laser therapy system using a pulse irradiation mode was optimized to reduce nonspecific thermal damage. In in vitro tissue specimens, tissue energy deposition rates were measured in three irradiation modes, CW, pulse, and burst-pulse. In addition, methods were tested for reducing variations in laser output and specific wavelength shifts using a thermoelectric cooler and thermistor. The average temperature elevation per 10 J/cm2 was 0.27°C, 0.09°C, and 0.08°C using the three methods, respectively, in pig muscle tissue. Variations in laser output were controlled within ± 0.2%, and specific wavelength shift was limited to ± 3 nm. Thus, optimization of a photodynamic laser system was achieved using a new pulse irradiation mode and controlled laser output to reduce potential thermal damage during conventional CW-based photodynamic therapy. PMID:23224063

  13. [The role of intraoperative photodynamic therapy in complex treatment of cerebral metastases].

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    Kurzhupov, M I; Zaitsev, A M; Loshakov, V A; Filonenko, E V

    2010-01-01

    Cerebral metastases are the most common brain tumors in adults and are characterized by poor prognosis. Despite application of modern methods of treatment (microsurgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy) survival rates of these patients remain low. This fact triggers development of new therapeutic options which are able to increase recurrence-free period and consequently overall survival. The article contains review of literature dealing with photodynamic therapy which is a newly introduced technique for treatment of cerebral metastases. PMID:21254577

  14. Attempted photodynamic therapy against patagial squamous cell carcinoma in an African rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri).

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    Suedmeyer, Wm Kirk; Henry, Carolyn; McCaw, Dudley; Boucher, Magalie

    2007-12-01

    A 5-yr-old female African rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri) presented with an ulcerated mass in the medial postpatagial area of the right wing. Biopsy specimens of the mass demonstrated a well-differentiated squamous cell carcinoma. Photodynamic therapy resulted in tumor cell necrosis and initial reduction in tumor burden, but complete remission was not achieved. Based on this and other avian cases, it appears that photodynamic therapy designed to eradicate squamous cell carcinoma in avian species using protocols modeled after canine, feline, and human photodynamic therapy protocols may not be useful. It is hypothesized that differences in light penetration, photosensitizing agent pharmacokinetics, and wound healing properties in avian species necessitate alteration of photodynamic therapy protocols if this treatment modality is to be effective in avian oncology. PMID:18229870

  15. Apoptosis triggered by pyropheophorbide-α methyl ester-mediated photodynamic therapy in a giant cell tumor in bone

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    Li, K.-T.; Zhang, J.; Duan, Q.-Q.; Bi, Y.; Bai, D.-Q.; Ou, Y.-S.

    2014-06-01

    A giant cell tumor in bone is the common primary bone tumor with aggressive features, occurring mainly in young adults. Photodynamic therapy is a new therapeutic technique for tumors. In this study, we investigated the effects of Pyropheophorbide-α methyl ester (MPPa)-mediated photodynamic therapy on the proliferation of giant cell tumor cells and its mechanism of action. Cell proliferation was evaluated using an MTT assay. Cellular apoptosis was detected by Hoechst nuclear staining, and flow cytometric assay. Mitochondrial membrane potential changes and cytochrome c, caspase-9, caspase-3, and Bcl-2 expression was assessed. Finally, we found that MPPa-mediated photodynamic therapy could effectively suppress the proliferation of human giant cell tumor cells and induce apoptosis. The mitochondrial pathway was involved in the MPPa-photodynamic therapy-induced apoptosis.

  16. [Hyperbaric therapy and diving medicine - hyperbaric therapy part 2: adjuvant therapy].

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    Tetzlaff, Kay; Jüttner, Björn

    2015-10-01

    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), i.?e. breathing pure oxygen at elevated ambient pressure, remains the gold standard of care in treating air or gas embolism and decompression illness. Guidelines are less clear on the value of HBOT in acute management of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning or clostridial necrosis. To evaluate the evidence of clinical efficacy of HBOT we performed a systematic literature review. Part 1 assesses acute indications such as air or gas embolism, decompression sickness, CO-poisoning, clostridialmyonecrosis, necrotizing problem wounds, acute traumatic wounds and arterial retinal occlusion. Part 2 discusses further uses of HBOT as adjuvant treatment and highlights problems in assessing the value of HBOT using evidence-based medicine criteria. PMID:26510108

  17. 5-aminolevulinic acid in photodynamic diagnosis and therapy of urological malignancies

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    Nelius, Thomas; de Riese, Werner T. W.

    2003-06-01

    Completeness and certainty of tumor detection are very important issues in clinical oncology. Recent technological developments in ultrasound, radiologic and magnetic resonance imaging diagnostics are very promising, but could not improve the detection rate of early stage malignancies. One of the most promising new approaches is the use of 5-aminolevulinic acid, a potent photosensitizer, in photodynamic diagnosis and therapy. 5-aminolevulinic acid is meanwhile a well-established tool in the photodynamic diagnosis of bladder cancer. It has been shown to improve the sensitivity of detection of superficial tumors and carcinoma in situ, which enables to reduce the risk of tumor recurrence related to undetected lesions or incomplete transurethral resection of the primary lesions. The use of 5-aminolevulinic acid is steadily expanding in diagnostics of urological malignancies. First clinical results are now reported in detection of urethral and ureteral lesions as well as in urine fluorescence cytology. Furthermore, due to the selective accumulation in transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder, 5-aminolevulinic acid may be an ideal candidate for photodynamic therapy in superficial bladder cancer. Summarizing the data of multiple clinical trials, 5-aminolevulinic acid is a promising agent in photodynamic diagnostics and treatment of superficial bladder cancer.

  18. Perfluorocarbon nanoparticles enhance reactive oxygen levels and tumour growth inhibition in photodynamic therapy.

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    Cheng, Yuhao; Cheng, Hao; Jiang, Chenxiao; Qiu, Xuefeng; Wang, Kaikai; Huan, Wei; Yuan, Ahu; Wu, Jinhui; Hu, Yiqiao

    2015-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) kills cancer cells by converting tumour oxygen into reactive singlet oxygen ((1)O2) using a photosensitizer. However, pre-existing hypoxia in tumours and oxygen consumption during PDT can result in an inadequate oxygen supply, which in turn hampers photodynamic efficacy. Here to overcome this problem, we create oxygen self-enriching photodynamic therapy (Oxy-PDT) by loading a photosensitizer into perfluorocarbon nanodroplets. Because of the higher oxygen capacity and longer (1)O2 lifetime of perfluorocarbon, the photodynamic effect of the loaded photosensitizer is significantly enhanced, as demonstrated by the accelerated generation of (1)O2 and elevated cytotoxicity. Following direct injection into tumours, in vivo studies reveal tumour growth inhibition in the Oxy-PDT-treated mice. In addition, a single-dose intravenous injection of Oxy-PDT into tumour-bearing mice significantly inhibits tumour growth, whereas traditional PDT has no effect. Oxy-PDT may enable the enhancement of existing clinical PDT and future PDT design. PMID:26525216

  19. Perfluorocarbon nanoparticles enhance reactive oxygen levels and tumour growth inhibition in photodynamic therapy

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    Cheng, Yuhao; Cheng, Hao; Jiang, Chenxiao; Qiu, Xuefeng; Wang, Kaikai; Huan, Wei; Yuan, Ahu; Wu, Jinhui; Hu, Yiqiao

    2015-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) kills cancer cells by converting tumour oxygen into reactive singlet oxygen (1O2) using a photosensitizer. However, pre-existing hypoxia in tumours and oxygen consumption during PDT can result in an inadequate oxygen supply, which in turn hampers photodynamic efficacy. Here to overcome this problem, we create oxygen self-enriching photodynamic therapy (Oxy-PDT) by loading a photosensitizer into perfluorocarbon nanodroplets. Because of the higher oxygen capacity and longer 1O2 lifetime of perfluorocarbon, the photodynamic effect of the loaded photosensitizer is significantly enhanced, as demonstrated by the accelerated generation of 1O2 and elevated cytotoxicity. Following direct injection into tumours, in vivo studies reveal tumour growth inhibition in the Oxy-PDT-treated mice. In addition, a single-dose intravenous injection of Oxy-PDT into tumour-bearing mice significantly inhibits tumour growth, whereas traditional PDT has no effect. Oxy-PDT may enable the enhancement of existing clinical PDT and future PDT design. PMID:26525216

  20. Photodynamic therapy and the treatment of neoplastic diseases of the larynx

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    Biel, Merrill A.

    1995-05-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an innovative treatment involving the use of light-sensitive drugs to selectively identify and destroy diseased cells. Therefore, photodynamic therapy has the potential to treat and cure precancerous and early cancerous lesions (carcinoma in situ (CIS), T1 and T2) of the larynx while preserving normal tissue. Twenty-four patients with recurrent leukoplakia and carcinomas of the larynx were treated with PDT with follow-up to 60 months. Fourteen patients with T1 squamous cell carcinomas of the vocal cord, 2 patients with a T2 squamous cell carcinoma of the vocal cord failing radiotherapy, and 6 patients with CIS and sever atypia were treated with PDT and obtained a complete response and are disease free. One patient with a T3 carcinoma of the larynx was treated with PDT but died 5 weeks post-treatment of unrelated causes and could not be assessed. Photodynamic therapy is a promising therapy for treatment of precancerous and cancerous lesions of the larynx. This therapy may be particularly beneficial for the treatment of recurrent carcinomas of the larynx that have failed conventional radiotherapy, thereby preserving voice and eliminating the need for destructive laryngeal surgery.

  1. Who Benefits From Adjuvant Radiation Therapy for Gastric Cancer? A Meta-Analysis

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    Ohri, Nitin; Garg, Madhur K.; Aparo, Santiago; Kaubisch, Andreas; Tome, Wolfgang; Kennedy, Timothy J.; Kalnicki, Shalom; Guha, Chandan

    2013-06-01

    Purpose: Large randomized trials have demonstrated significant survival benefits with the use of adjuvant chemotherapy or chemoradiation therapy for gastric cancer. The importance of adjuvant radiation therapy (RT) remains unclear. We performed an up-to-date meta-analysis of randomized trials testing the use of RT for resectable gastric cancer. Methods and Materials: We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials for randomized trials testing adjuvant (including neoadjuvant) RT for resectable gastric cancer. Hazard ratios describing the impact of adjuvant RT on overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS) were extracted directly from the original studies or calculated from survival curves. Pooled estimates were obtained using the inverse variance method. Subgroup analyses were performed to determine whether the efficacy of RT varies with chemotherapy use, RT timing, geographic region, type of nodal dissection performed, or lymph node status. Results: Thirteen studies met all inclusion criteria and were used for this analysis. Adjuvant RT was associated with a significant improvement in both OS (HR = 0.78, 95% CI: 0.70-0.86, P<.001) and DFS (HR = 0.71, 95% CI: 0.63-0.80, P<.001). In the 5 studies that tested adjuvant chemoradiation therapy against adjuvant chemotherapy, similar effects were seen for OS (HR = 0.83, 95% CI: 0.67-1.03, P=.087) and DFS (HR = 0.77, 95% CI: 0.91-0.65, P=.002). Available data did not reveal any subgroup of patients that does not benefit from adjuvant RT. Conclusion: In randomized trials for resectable gastric cancer, adjuvant RT provides an approximately 20% improvement in both DFS and OS. Available data do not reveal a subgroup of patients that does not benefit from adjuvant RT. Further study is required to optimize the implementation of adjuvant RT for gastric cancer with regard to patient selection and integration with systemic therapy.

  2. Three-dimensional in vitro cancer spheroid models for Photodynamic Therapy: Strengths and Opportunities

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    Evans, Conor

    2015-03-01

    Three dimensional, in vitro spheroid cultures offer considerable utility for the development and testing of anticancer photodynamic therapy regimens. More complex than monolayer cultures, three-dimensional spheroid systems replicate many of the important cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions that modulate treatment response in vivo. Simple enough to be grown by the thousands and small enough to be optically interrogated, spheroid cultures lend themselves to high-content and high-throughput imaging approaches. These advantages have enabled studies investigating photosensitizer uptake, spatiotemporal patterns of therapeutic response, alterations in oxygen diffusion and consumption during therapy, and the exploration of mechanisms that underlie therapeutic synergy. The use of quantitative imaging methods, in particular, has accelerated the pace of three-dimensional in vitro photodynamic therapy studies, enabling the rapid compilation of multiple treatment response parameters in a single experiment. Improvements in model cultures, the creation of new molecular probes of cell state and function, and innovations in imaging toolkits will be important for the advancement of spheroid culture systems for future photodynamic therapy studies.

  3. Pleural Photodynamic Therapy and Surgery in Lung Cancer and Thymoma Patients with Pleural Spread.

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    Chen, Ke-Cheng; Hsieh, Yi-Shan; Tseng, Ying-Fan; Shieh, Ming-Jium; Chen, Jin-Shing; Lai, Hong-Shiee; Lee, Jang-Ming

    2015-01-01

    Pleural spread is difficult to treat in malignancies, especially in lung cancer and thymoma. Monotherapy with surgery fails to have a better survival benefit than palliative chemotherapy, the currently accepted treatment. Photodynamic therapy utilizes a photosensitizer to target the tumor site, and the tumor is exposed to light after performing a pleurectomy and tumor resection. However, the benefits of this procedure to lung cancer or thymoma patients are unknown. We retrospectively reviewed the clinical characteristics and treatment outcomes of patients with lung cancer or thymoma with pleural seeding who underwent pleural photodynamic therapy and surgery between 2005 and 2013. Eighteen patients enrolled in this study. The mean patient age was 52.9 ± 12.2 years. Lung cancer was the inciting cancer of pleural dissemination in 10 patients (55.6%), and thymoma in 8 (44.4%). There was no procedure-related mortality. Using Kaplan-Meier survival analysis, the 3-year survival rate and the 5-year survival rate were 68.9% and 57.4%, respectively. We compared the PDT lung cancer patients with those receiving chemotherapy or target therapy (n = 51) and found that the PDT group had better survival than non-PDT patients (mean survival time: 39.0 versus 17.6 months; P = .047). With proper patient selection, radical surgical resection combined with intrapleural photodynamic therapy for pleural spread in patients with non-small cell lung cancer or thymoma is feasible and may provide a survival benefit. PMID:26193470

  4. Pleural Photodynamic Therapy and Surgery in Lung Cancer and Thymoma Patients with Pleural Spread

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    Tseng, Ying-Fan; Shieh, Ming-Jium; Chen, Jin-Shing; Lai, Hong-Shiee; Lee, Jang-Ming

    2015-01-01

    Pleural spread is difficult to treat in malignancies, especially in lung cancer and thymoma. Monotherapy with surgery fails to have a better survival benefit than palliative chemotherapy, the currently accepted treatment. Photodynamic therapy utilizes a photosensitizer to target the tumor site, and the tumor is exposed to light after performing a pleurectomy and tumor resection. However, the benefits of this procedure to lung cancer or thymoma patients are unknown. We retrospectively reviewed the clinical characteristics and treatment outcomes of patients with lung cancer or thymoma with pleural seeding who underwent pleural photodynamic therapy and surgery between 2005 and 2013. Eighteen patients enrolled in this study. The mean patient age was 52.9 ± 12.2 years. Lung cancer was the inciting cancer of pleural dissemination in 10 patients (55.6%), and thymoma in 8 (44.4%). There was no procedure-related mortality. Using Kaplan-Meier survival analysis, the 3-year survival rate and the 5-year survival rate were 68.9% and 57.4%, respectively. We compared the PDT lung cancer patients with those receiving chemotherapy or target therapy (n = 51) and found that the PDT group had better survival than non-PDT patients (mean survival time: 39.0 versus 17.6 months; P = .047). With proper patient selection, radical surgical resection combined with intrapleural photodynamic therapy for pleural spread in patients with non-small cell lung cancer or thymoma is feasible and may provide a survival benefit. PMID:26193470

  5. Breast cancer as photodynamic therapy target: Enhanced therapeutic efficiency by overview of tumor complexity

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    Lamberti, María Julia; Vittar, Natalia Belén Rumie; Rivarola, Viviana Alicia

    2014-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy is a minimally invasive and clinically approved procedure for eliminating selected malignant cells with specific light activation of a photosensitizer agent. Whereas interstitial and intra-operative approaches have been investigated for the ablation of a broad range of superficial or bulky solid tumors such as breast cancer, the majority of approved photodynamic therapy protocols are for the treatment of superficial lesions of skin and luminal organs. This review article will discuss recent progress in research focused mainly on assessing the efficacies of various photosensitizers used in photodynamic therapy, as well as the combinatory strategies of various therapeutic modalities for improving treatments of parenchymal and/or stromal tissues of breast cancer solid tumors. Cytotoxic agents are used in cancer treatments for their effect on rapidly proliferating cancer cells. However, such therapeutics often lack specificity, which can lead to toxicity and undesirable side effects. Many approaches are designed to target tumors. Selective therapies can be established by focusing on distinctive intracellular (receptors, apoptotic pathways, multidrug resistance system, nitric oxide-mediated stress) and environmental (glucose, pH) differences between tumor and healthy tissue. A rational design of effective combination regimens for breast cancer treatment involves a better understanding of the mechanisms and molecular interactions of cytotoxic agents that underlie drug resistance and sensitivity. PMID:25493228

  6. Breast cancer as photodynamic therapy target: Enhanced therapeutic efficiency by overview of tumor complexity.

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    Lamberti, María Julia; Vittar, Natalia Belén Rumie; Rivarola, Viviana Alicia

    2014-12-10

    Photodynamic therapy is a minimally invasive and clinically approved procedure for eliminating selected malignant cells with specific light activation of a photosensitizer agent. Whereas interstitial and intra-operative approaches have been investigated for the ablation of a broad range of superficial or bulky solid tumors such as breast cancer, the majority of approved photodynamic therapy protocols are for the treatment of superficial lesions of skin and luminal organs. This review article will discuss recent progress in research focused mainly on assessing the efficacies of various photosensitizers used in photodynamic therapy, as well as the combinatory strategies of various therapeutic modalities for improving treatments of parenchymal and/or stromal tissues of breast cancer solid tumors. Cytotoxic agents are used in cancer treatments for their effect on rapidly proliferating cancer cells. However, such therapeutics often lack specificity, which can lead to toxicity and undesirable side effects. Many approaches are designed to target tumors. Selective therapies can be established by focusing on distinctive intracellular (receptors, apoptotic pathways, multidrug resistance system, nitric oxide-mediated stress) and environmental (glucose, pH) differences between tumor and healthy tissue. A rational design of effective combination regimens for breast cancer treatment involves a better understanding of the mechanisms and molecular interactions of cytotoxic agents that underlie drug resistance and sensitivity. PMID:25493228

  7. Effect of adjuvant trastuzumab among patients treated with anti-HER2-based neoadjuvant therapy

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    Gonzalez-Angulo, A M; Parinyanitikul, N; Lei, X; Mittendorf, E A; Zhang, H; Valero, V; Hunt, K K; Hortobagyi, G N; Chavez-MacGregor, M

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: To study the impact of adjuvant trastuzumab among patients achieving a pathologic complete response (pCR) after trastuzumab-based neoadjuvant systemic therapy (NST). Patients and methods: Patients with primary HER2-positive breast cancer treated with trastuzumab-based NST were categorised according to adjuvant trastuzumab administration and pCR status. Adjuvant trastuzumab became standard of care in 2006, this was the main reason patients in our cohort did not receive adjuvant trastuzumab. Kaplan–Meier was used to estimate survival. A test for interaction between adjuvant trastuzumab and pCR was completed. Findings: Of 589 patients, 203 (34.5%) achieved a pCR. After surgery, 109 (18.5%) patients in the entire cohort did not receive adjuvant trastuzumab. Among patients achieving a pCR, 31.3% received adjuvant trastuzumab compared with 68.8% among those who did not achieve a pCR (P=0.0006). Among patients achieving pCR, adjuvant trastuzumab did not further improve overall survival (OS) or relapse-free survival (RFS) (P=0.35 and P=0.93, respectively). Any benefit of adjuvant trastuzumab in OS and RFS among patients without a pCR did not achieve statistical significance (P=0.3 and P=0.44, respectively). Conclusions: In this cohort, patients treated with trastuzumab-based NST who achieved a pCR have excellent outcome regardless of whether they received adjuvant trastuzumab. PMID:25584488

  8. Studying Light Propagation in Bone for Treatment of Bone Cancers with Photodynamic Therapy

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    Rossi, Vincent; Gustafson, Scott; Jacques, Steven

    2008-05-01

    Photodynamic therapy makes use of light, photosensitizing agents, and oxygen as a selective means of treating cancer. The work presented is aimed at applying photodynamic therapy towards treatment of osteosarcoma in small animal clinics. To best facilitate clinical treatments, we must first understand how light propagates and how best to deliver adequate light to achieve phototoxic effects within bone. This work aims at characterizing how light propagates through bone and then applying that knowledge towards predicting light distributions in bone. Reflectance spectroscopy using an optical fiber source-collector pair is used to determine the scattering properties of bone tissues, and the absorption due to water and oxygenated and deoxygenated hemoglobin---native absorbers at visible and near-IR wavelengths. Resulting optical characterizations are then applied to a cylindrically symmetric Monte Carlo model in order to predict and guide the delivery of light within bone in order to achieve the desired phototoxic effect.

  9. Changes in in vivo optical properties and light distributions in normal canine prostate during photodynamic therapy.

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    Chen, Q; Wilson, B C; Shetty, S D; Patterson, M S; Cerny, J C; Hetzel, F W

    1997-01-01

    The optical absorption and transport scattering coefficients of normal prostate tissue have been measured in vivo in dogs. The measurements were made at 630 nm before and during treatment by Photofin photodynamic therapy using interstitial optical fiber fluence-rate detectors. Corresponding measurements were made ex vivo, at 1 week after treatment, in the contralateral lobe. The optical properties were derived by applying a diffusion theory model to the fluence rates measured at two different source-detector fiber distances. While the in vivo pretreatment and in vivo contralateral post-treatment absorption and scattering values are self-consistent and in agreement with published data, significant changes were observed in the light fluence rates, and hence in the derived optical properties, during light irradiation. The possible causes of such changes are considered, and the implications for light dosimetry in photodynamic therapy are discussed. PMID:8989374

  10. Predictive model for photodynamic therapy with gold nanoparticles as vehicle for the photosensitizer delivery

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    Salas-García, I.; Fanjul-Vélez, F.; Ortega-Quijano, N.; Arce-Diego, J. L.

    2013-06-01

    Photodynamic Therapy offers multiple advantages to treat nonmelanoma skin cancer compared to conventional treatment techniques such as surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy. Among these advantages are particularly relevant its noninvasive nature, the use of non ionizing radiation and its high selectivity. However the therapeutic efficiency of the current clinical protocol is not complete in all the patients and depends on the type of pathology. Emerging strategies to overcome its current shortcomings include the use of nanostructures that can act as carriers for conventional photosensitizers and improve the treatment selectivity and provide a controlled release of the photoactive agent. In this work, a model for photodynamic therapy combined with gold nanocarriers for a photosensitizer commonly used in dermatology is presented and applied to a basal cell carcinoma in order to predict the cytotoxic agent spatial and temporal evolution.

  11. Photodynamic therapy of malignancy of skin with He-Ne laser

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    Zhu, Jing; Shi, Hongmin; Zhang, Hui-Guo

    2005-07-01

    Objective: Research on the photodynamic therapy of malignancy of skin with He-Ne Laser. Methods: 35 cases of skin malignancy were treated with photodynamic therapy. He-Ne laser with output power of 600 mW was used and hematoporphyrin derivative (HPD) was applied, at a dose of 5mg/kg of body. 15 patients received simple surface irradiation, 20 patients received both surface and insertion irradiation. 28 patients underwent treatment for one time, 7 patients twice. The 12 cases were basel cell carcinoma, 7 cases were squamous cell carcinoma, 4 cases were skin carcinoma in situ, 8 cases were skin Paget's disease, 1 case was Paget's disease accompanying adenoid carcinoma, 1 case malignant melanoma, 1 case red hypertrophic disease, 1 case recurrent perianal carcinoma deriving from rectum.

  12. Antimicrobial photodynamic therapy: an effective alternative approach to control fungal infections

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    Baltazar, Ludmila M.; Ray, Anjana; Santos, Daniel A.; Cisalpino, Patrícia S.; Friedman, Adam J.; Nosanchuk, Joshua D.

    2015-01-01

    Skin mycoses are caused mainly by dermatophytes, which are fungal species that primarily infect areas rich in keratin such as hair, nails, and skin. Significantly, there are increasing rates of antimicrobial resistance among dermatophytes, especially for Trichophyton rubrum, the most frequent etiologic agent worldwide. Hence, investigators have been developing new therapeutic approaches, including photodynamic treatment. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) utilizes a photosensitive substance activated by a light source of a specific wavelength. The photoactivation induces cascades of photochemicals and photobiological events that cause irreversible changes in the exposed cells. Although photodynamic approaches are well established experimentally for the treatment of certain cutaneous infections, there is limited information about its mechanism of action for specific pathogens as well as the risks to healthy tissues. In this work, we have conducted a comprehensive review of the current knowledge of PDT as it specifically applies to fungal diseases. The data to date suggests that photodynamic treatment approaches hold great promise for combating certain fungal pathogens, particularly dermatophytes. PMID:25821448

  13. Antimicrobial photodynamic therapy: an effective alternative approach to control fungal infections.

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    Baltazar, Ludmila M; Ray, Anjana; Santos, Daniel A; Cisalpino, Patrícia S; Friedman, Adam J; Nosanchuk, Joshua D

    2015-01-01

    Skin mycoses are caused mainly by dermatophytes, which are fungal species that primarily infect areas rich in keratin such as hair, nails, and skin. Significantly, there are increasing rates of antimicrobial resistance among dermatophytes, especially for Trichophyton rubrum, the most frequent etiologic agent worldwide. Hence, investigators have been developing new therapeutic approaches, including photodynamic treatment. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) utilizes a photosensitive substance activated by a light source of a specific wavelength. The photoactivation induces cascades of photochemicals and photobiological events that cause irreversible changes in the exposed cells. Although photodynamic approaches are well established experimentally for the treatment of certain cutaneous infections, there is limited information about its mechanism of action for specific pathogens as well as the risks to healthy tissues. In this work, we have conducted a comprehensive review of the current knowledge of PDT as it specifically applies to fungal diseases. The data to date suggests that photodynamic treatment approaches hold great promise for combating certain fungal pathogens, particularly dermatophytes. PMID:25821448

  14. Self-Monitoring Artificial Red Cells with Sufficient Oxygen Supply for Enhanced Photodynamic Therapy.

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    Luo, Zhenyu; Zheng, Mingbin; Zhao, Pengfei; Chen, Ze; Siu, Fungming; Gong, Ping; Gao, Guanhui; Sheng, Zonghai; Zheng, Cuifang; Ma, Yifan; Cai, Lintao

    2016-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy has been increasingly applied in clinical cancer treatments. However, native hypoxic tumoural microenvironment and lacking oxygen supply are the major barriers hindering photodynamic reactions. To solve this problem, we have developed biomimetic artificial red cells by loading complexes of oxygen-carrier (hemoglobin) and photosensitizer (indocyanine green) for boosted photodynamic strategy. Such nanosystem provides a coupling structure with stable self-oxygen supply and acting as an ideal fluorescent/photoacoustic imaging probe, dynamically monitoring the nanoparticle biodistribution and the treatment of PDT. Upon exposure to near-infrared laser, the remote-triggered photosensitizer generates massive cytotoxic reactive oxygen species (ROS) with sufficient oxygen supply. Importantly, hemoglobin is simultaneously oxidized into the more active and resident ferryl-hemoglobin leading to persistent cytotoxicity. ROS and ferryl-hemoglobin synergistically trigger the oxidative damage of xenograft tumour resulting in complete suppression. The artificial red cells with self-monitoring and boosted photodynamic efficacy could serve as a versatile theranostic platform. PMID:26987618

  15. Self-Monitoring Artificial Red Cells with Sufficient Oxygen Supply for Enhanced Photodynamic Therapy

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    Luo, Zhenyu; Zheng, Mingbin; Zhao, Pengfei; Chen, Ze; Siu, Fungming; Gong, Ping; Gao, Guanhui; Sheng, Zonghai; Zheng, Cuifang; Ma, Yifan; Cai, Lintao

    2016-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy has been increasingly applied in clinical cancer treatments. However, native hypoxic tumoural microenvironment and lacking oxygen supply are the major barriers hindering photodynamic reactions. To solve this problem, we have developed biomimetic artificial red cells by loading complexes of oxygen-carrier (hemoglobin) and photosensitizer (indocyanine green) for boosted photodynamic strategy. Such nanosystem provides a coupling structure with stable self-oxygen supply and acting as an ideal fluorescent/photoacoustic imaging probe, dynamically monitoring the nanoparticle biodistribution and the treatment of PDT. Upon exposure to near-infrared laser, the remote-triggered photosensitizer generates massive cytotoxic reactive oxygen species (ROS) with sufficient oxygen supply. Importantly, hemoglobin is simultaneously oxidized into the more active and resident ferryl-hemoglobin leading to persistent cytotoxicity. ROS and ferryl-hemoglobin synergistically trigger the oxidative damage of xenograft tumour resulting in complete suppression. The artificial red cells with self-monitoring and boosted photodynamic efficacy could serve as a versatile theranostic platform. PMID:26987618

  16. Multifunctional Nanostructures for Tumor-Targeted Molecular Imaging and Photodynamic Therapy.

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    Wu, Hao; Wang, Huihui; Liao, Han; Lv, Yan; Song, Xiaojie; Ma, Xiaojun; Tan, Mingqian

    2016-02-01

    A multifunctional ICG-FA-PPD nanostructure is constructed by a facile self-assembly method through the negatively charged indocyanine green (ICG)- and positively charged folic acid-modified PEI-PEG-gadoteric acid (FA-PPD). The resulting ICG-FA-PPD is not only able to be used for targeting tumors, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and near-infrared imaging, but, more importantly, it enables photodynamic therapy for tumor. PMID:26626703

  17. [Intraoperative fluorescent detection and photodynamic therapy in patients with metastatic cerebral lesions].

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    Kurzhupov, M I; Loshakov, V A; Filonenko, E V; Za?tsev, A M; Khanmurzaeva, A G

    2012-01-01

    Brain metastases are known to have poor prognosis. In spite of using modern treatments such as microsurgical resection, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, survival of these patients remains low. Due to this fact we looked for novel methods of treatment that are able to increase the recurrence-free surgical and therefore overall survival of these patients. This paper analyzes new treatment methods used in brain tumors--fluorescent detection and photodynamic therapy with 5-aminolevulinic acid. PMID:22708435

  18. [Adjuvant systemic antibiotic therapy for surgically treated spondylodiscitis].

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    Marmelstein, D; Homagk, N; Hofmann, G O; Röhl, K; Homagk, L

    2015-04-01

    Recognised methods for the treatment of spondylodiscitis in correspondence to the immobilisation are systemic antibiotic therapy. However, the available data for recommendations of specific antibiotic therapy are very heterogeneous. The aim of this study was to focus on the adjuvant antibiotic therapy in surgical treated cases of spondylodiscitis and to reach a guideline regarding its application in patients' spondylodiscitis. Between 01.10.1998 and 31.12.2011 276 inpatient cases of spondylodiscitis were surgically treated, documented and included in the study. The study involved medical history, germ status, localisation and extent of spondylodiscitis and antibiotic treatment. Between 01.01.2012 and 31.12.2013 a further 20 cases of spondylodiscitis were treated according to a standardised treatment regimen of antibiotic therapy and included in the study. The age distribution shows a marked prominence of 60 to 80 year-olds, with a leading localisation of spondylodiscitis in the lumbar spine with 55?% followed by the thoracic spine (33?%) and the cervical spine (12?%). A constant observation during the study periods was the delayed diagnosis of more than 1 month of spondylodiscitis, so that about 60?% of the patients were not receiving any treatment for their disease at the time of hospitalisation. The aetiology of spondylodiscitis is very heterogeneous and remained unknown in 34?% of cases. However, diabetes mellitus appeared as a disease favouring the occurrence of spondylodiscitis since it was concomitant with almost 50?% of patients with spondylodiscitis. The bacterial spectrum is limited in our area to staphylococci, with a predominance of Staphylococcus aureus. At least about 10?% of the germs are multi-drug resistant. In 45?% of cases, pathogen detection was unsuccessful. Clindamycin is the most commonly used antibiotic in the treatment of spondylodiscitis and is used in 26.8?% in combinations with other antibiotics. The antibiotic therapy is administered for at least for 3 months. The significant decrease in inflammatory markers in the course of treatment shows the positive response of patients to therapy. The recommendations for antibiotic treatment of spondylodiscitis are very heterogeneous, so our goal is to standardise the therapy without reducing the quality and effectiveness of treatment. The results show that the calculated antibiotic therapy (CAT) with clindamycin is reasonable in the treatment of spondylodiscitis especially with the predominance of Staphylococcus aureus as pathogen. In addition, suitable antibiotic therapy should be administered in correspondence to a culture and sensitivity testing and should be maintained for at least 12 weeks, even when a reduction of inflammatory markers by 50?% after 2 weeks has already been achieved. It is noteworthy to point out the high probability of coexistence of spondylodiscitis with diabetes mellitus, so that spondylodiscitis should always be considered in diabetic patients with back pain and increased levels of inflammatory markers. A significant reduction in the very long time until reaching a definitive diagnosis should be achieved. PMID:25874395

  19. Magnetic nanoparticle hyperthermia as an adjuvant cancer therapy with chemotherapy

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    Petryk, Alicia Ailie

    Magnetic nanoparticle hyperthermia (mNPH) is an emerging cancer therapy which has shown to be most effective when applied in the adjuvant setting with chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. Although mNPH employs heat as a primary therapeutic modality, conventional heat may not be the only cytotoxic effect. As such, my studies have focused on the mechanism and use of mNPH alone and in conjunction with cisplatinum chemotherapy in murine breast cancer cells and a related in vivo model. MNPH was compared to conventional microwave tumor heating, with results suggesting that mNPH (mNP directly injected into the tumor and immediately activated) and 915 MHz microwave hyperthermia, at the same thermal dose, result in similar tumor regrowth delay kinetics. However, mNPH shows significantly less peri-tumor normal tissue damage. MNPH combined with cisplatinum also demonstrated significant improvements in regrowth delay over either modality applied as a monotherapy. Additional studies demonstrated that a relatively short tumor incubation time prior to AMF exposure (less than 10 minutes) as compared to a 4-hour incubation time, resulted in faster heating rates, but similar regrowth delays when treated to the same thermal dose. The reduction of heating rate correlated well with the observed reduction in mNP concentration in the tumor observed with 4 hour incubation. The ability to effectively deliver cytotoxic mNPs to metastatic tumors is the hope and goal of systemic mNP therapy. However, delivering relevant levels of mNP is proving to be a formidable challenge. To address this issue, I assessed the ability of cisplatinum to simultaneously treat a tumor and improve the uptake of systemically delivered mNPs. Following a cisplatinum pretreatment, systemic mNPs uptake was increased by 3.1 X, in implanted murine breast tumors. Additional in vitro studies showed the necessity of a specific mNP/ Fe architecture and spatial relation for heat-based cytotoxicity in cultured cells.

  20. Aiming at the target: improved adjuvant medical therapy.

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    Bedard, Philippe L; Dinh, Phuong; Sotiriou, Christos; Piccart-Gebhart, Martine J

    2009-10-01

    The 2007 St. Gallen Expert Panel recognized the existence of molecular tools for risk stratification, but recommended the use of high-quality standard pathological testing alone for risk allocation and treatment selection. Over the last two years, much has been learned about these novel molecular tools: they demonstrate similar prognostic power; their performance appears to be driven by improved quantification of cellular proliferation; tumour burden remains an important determinant of long-term outcome; and their prediction of responsiveness to systemic therapy is suboptimal. In the meantime, great effort has continued to be invested in evaluating individual predictive markers to guide treatment selection. A number of putative targets that showed early promise--such as HER-2 and TOP2A gene amplification for anthracyclines, Myc amplification for trastuzumab, and Tau expression for taxanes--have yielded disappointing results when subjected to subsequent validation. These failings underscore the difficulty of accurate, reproducible target measurement and the inherent complexity of early breast cancer which is unlikely to be captured by a single gene or protein alteration. Future progress in adjuvant treatment tailoring will require a fundamental shift towards multi-dimensional thinking--with the development of multi-parameter assays that integrate tumour biology, disease burden, and host-related factors. The traditional model of post hoc predictive marker validation appears unlikely to produce tangible gains in the era of targeted systemic therapy. It is hoped that coupling prospective biomarker discovery with new drug development in earlier stages of disease will yield additional targets that can be used to guide clinical decision-making in the future. PMID:19914538

  1. Effectiveness of antimicrobial photodynamic therapy on staphylococcus aureus using phenothiazinium dye with red laser

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    Monteiro, Juliana S. C.; de Oliveira, Susana C. P. S.; Pires-Santos, Gustavo M.; Sampaio, Fernando José P.; Zanin, Fátima Antônia A.; Pinheiro, Antônio L. B.

    2015-03-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate in vitro the bactericidal effect of Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy - AmPDT using a phenothiazinium compound (toluidine blue O and methylene blue, 12.5 ?g/mL) on Staphylococcus aureus (ATCC 23529) irradiated or not with the red laser (? 660 nm, 12J/cm2). All tests were performed in triplicate and samples distributed into the following groups: Negative control, Laser, Photosensitizer, and AmPDT. Bactericidal effect of the Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy was assessed by counting of colony-forming units and analyzed statistically (ANOVA, Tukey test, p<0.05). The results showed, comparing the Laser group with Negative control, a statistically significant increase of counting on the Laser group (p = 0.003). The use of the photosensitizer alone reduced the mean number of CFU (64.8%) and its association with the Laser light resulted in 84.2% of inhibition. The results are indicative that the use of Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy presented in vitro bactericidal effect on Staphylococcus aureus.

  2. Effective near-infrared photodynamic therapy assisted by upconversion nanoparticles conjugated with photosensitizers

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    Dou, Qing Qing; Teng, Choon Peng; Ye, Enyi; Loh, Xian Jun

    2015-01-01

    A drug model photosensitizer–conjugated upconversion nanoparticles nanocomplex was explored for application in near-infrared photodynamic therapy. As near-infrared penetrates deeper into the tissue, the model is useful for the application of photodynamic therapy in deeper tissue. The nanocomplex that was synthesized had low polydispersity, and the upconversion nanoparticle was covalently conjugated with the photosensitizer. The robust bond could prevent the undesired premature release of photosensitizer and also enhance the singlet-oxygen generation. Singlet-oxygen generation rate from this nanocomplex was evaluated in solution. The photodynamic therapy effect was assessed with MCF-7 cells in two different methods, 3-(4,5-dimethylth-iazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay and live/dead assay. The assay results showed that promising efficacy (>90%) can be achieved with a low concentration (50 ?g mL?1) of this nanocomplex and mild dosage (7 mW cm?2) of near-infrared laser treatment. PMID:25609954

  3. 131I-Zn-Chlorophyll derivative photosensitizer for tumor imaging and photodynamic therapy.

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    Ocakoglu, Kasim; Er, Ozge; Kiyak, Guven; Lambrecht, Fatma Yurt; Gunduz, Cumhur; Kayabasi, Cagla

    2015-09-30

    In recent years, the photodynamic therapy studies have gained considerable attention as an alternative method to surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy which is commonly used to fight cancer. In this study, biological potentials of a benzyloxy bearing zinc(II) pheophorbide-a (Zn-PH-A) were investigated via in vivo and in vitro experiments. Zn-PH-A was labeled with (131)I with high efficiency (95.3 ± 2.7%) and its biodistribution studies were investigated on female Albino Wistar rats. The radiolabeled photosensitizer had been intravenously injected into the tail vein, and then the animals were sacrificed at 30, 60 and 120 min post injection. The percent of radioactivity per gram of organs (%ID/g) was determined. The radiolabeled Zn-PH-A showed high uptake in ovary. In addition, photodynamic therapy studies of the photosensitizer were conducted in EMT6, murine mammary carcinoma and HeLa, human cervix carcinoma cell lines. For the photodynamic therapy studies, the cells with Zn-PH-A were exposed to red light (650 nm) at the doses of 10-30 J/cm(2). The results showed that Zn-PH-A has stronger PDT effect in EMT6 than HeLa cell. Our present work demonstrates (131)I-labeled photosensitizer as a bifunctional agent (PDT and nuclear imaging) which could be improved in future by using EMT6 growing tumor in nude mice. PMID:26226337

  4. Photosensitizer-conjugated silica-coated gold nanoclusters for fluorescence imaging-guided photodynamic therapy.

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    Huang, Peng; Lin, Jing; Wang, Shouju; Zhou, Zhijun; Li, Zhiming; Wang, Zhe; Zhang, Chunlei; Yue, Xuyi; Niu, Gang; Yang, Min; Cui, Daxiang; Chen, Xiaoyuan

    2013-06-01

    Multifunctional theranostics have recently been intensively explored to optimize the efficacy and safety of therapeutic regimens. In this work, a photo-theranostic agent based on chlorin e6 (Ce6) photosensitizer-conjugated silica-coated gold nanoclusters (AuNCs@SiO2-Ce6) is strategically designed and prepared for fluorescence imaging-guided photodynamic therapy (PDT). The AuNCs@SiO2-Ce6 shows the following features: i) high Ce6 photosensitizer loading; ii) no non-specific release of Ce6 during its circulation; iii) significantly enhanced cellular uptake efficiency of Ce6, offering a remarkably improved photodynamic therapeutic efficacy compared to free Ce6; iv) subcellular characterization of the nanoformula via both the fluorescence of Ce6 and plasmon luminescence of AuNCs; v) fluorescence imaging-guided photodynamic therapy (PDT). This photo-theranostics owns good stability, high water dispersibility and solubility, non-cytotoxicity, and good biocompatibility, thus facilitating its biomedical applications, particularly for multi-modal optical, CT and photoacoustic (PA) imaging-guided PDT or sonodynamic therapy. PMID:23523428

  5. Adjuvant therapy use among Appalachian breast cancer survivors

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    Tan, Xi; Marshall, Vincent D.; Anderson, Roger T.; Donohoe, Joseph; Camacho, Fabian; Balkrishnan, Rajesh

    2015-01-01

    Abstract There is a paucity of literature systemically examining the effects of access to cancer care resources on adjuvant endocrine therapy (AET) use behaviors, especially in underserved regions such as the Appalachian region in the United States, where gaps in healthcare access are well documented. The objectives of this study were to explore AET adherence and persistence in Appalachia, delineate the effects of access to care cancer on adherence/persistence, and evaluate the influences of adherence and persistence on overall survival. A retrospective cohort study from 2006 to 2008 was conducted among female breast cancer survivors living in the Appalachian counties of 4 states (PA, OH, KY, and NC). We linked cancer registries to Medicare claims data and included patients with invasive, nonmetastatic, hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer who received guideline-recommended AET. Medication adherence was defined as corresponding to a Medication Possession Ratio (MPR) ≥0.8 and logistic regression was utilized to assess predictors of adherence. Medication nonpersistence was defined as the discontinuation of drugs after exceeding a 60-day medication gap, and multivariate adjusted estimates of nonpersistence were obtained using the Cox proportional hazards (PH) model. About 31% of the total 428 patients were not adherent to AET, and 30% were not persistent over an average follow-up period of 421 days. Tamoxifen, relative to aromatase inhibitors, was associated with higher odds of adherence (odds ratio = 2.82, P < 0.001) and a lower risk of nonpersistence (hazard ratio = 0.40, P < 0.001). Drug-related side effects like pain may be an important factor leading to nonadherence and early discontinuation. In addition, aromatase inhibitor (AI) adherence and persistence were significantly influenced by out-of-pocket drug costs, dual eligibility status, and coverage gaps. Nonadherence to and nonpersistence with AET were associated with higher risks of all-cause mortality. Our findings of suboptimal AET adherence/persistence in Appalachia as well as positive associations between AET adherence/persistence and overall survival outcomes further underscore the importance of ensuring appropriate AET use in this population to reduce breast cancer mortality disparities. Our findings also suggest that intervention strategies focusing on individualized treatment and medication-related factors may improve adjuvant treatment use. PMID:26131828

  6. Cancer therapy improvement with mesoporous silica nanoparticles combining photodynamic and photothermal therapy

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    Zhao, Z. X.; Huang, Y. Z.; Shi, S. G.; Tang, S. H.; Li, D. H.; Chen, X. L.

    2014-07-01

    In this work, we develop novel mesoporous silica composite nanoparticles (hm-SiO2(AlC4Pc)@Pd) for the co-delivery of photosensitizer (PS) tetra-substituted carboxyl aluminum phthalocyanine (AlC4Pc) and small Pd nanosheets as a potential dual carrier system to combine photodynamic therapy (PDT) with photothermal therapy (PTT). In the nanocomposite, PS AlC4Pc was covalently conjugated to a mesoporous silica network, and small Pd nanosheets were coated onto the surface of mesoporous silica by both coordination and electrostatic interaction. Since small Pd nanosheets and AlC4Pc display matched maximum absorptions in the 600-800 nm near-infrared (NIR) region, the fabricated hm-SiO2(AlC4Pc)@Pd nanocomposites can generate both singlet oxygen and heat upon 660 nm single continuous wavelength (CW) laser irradiation. In vitro results indicated that the cell-killing efficacy by simultaneous PDT/PTT treatment using hm-SiO2(AlC4Pc)@Pd was higher than PDT or PTT treatment alone after exposure to a 660 nm CW-NIR laser.

  7. Acute phase response induced following tumor treatment by photodynamic therapy: relevance for the therapy outcome

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    Korbelik, Mladen; Merchant, Soroush; Stott, Brandon; Cecic, Ivana; Payne, Peter; Sun, Jinghai

    2006-02-01

    Acute phase response is an effector process orchestrated by the innate immune system for the optimal mobilization of the resources of the organism distant from the local insult site needed in the execution of a host-protecting reaction. Our research has shown that mice bearing tumors treated by photodynamic therapy (PDT) exhibit the three major hallmarks of acute phase response: release of acute phase reactants, neutrophilia, and pituitary/adrenal axis activation. Of particular interest in this study were acute phase proteins that have a pivotal role in the clearance of dead cells, since the occurrence of this process in PDT-treated tumors emerges as a critical event in the course of PDT-associated host response. It is shown that this type of acute phase reactants, including complement proteins (C3, C5, C9, mannose-binding lectin, and ficolin A) and related pentraxins (serum amyloid P component and PTX3), are upregulated following tumor PDT and accumulate in the targeted lesions. Based on the recently accumulated experimental evidence it is definitely established that the acute phase response is manifested in the hosts bearing PDT-treated tumors and it is becoming clear that this effector process is an important element of PDT-associated host response bearing in impact on the eventual outcome of this therapy.

  8. Hypoxia Induced by Upconversion-Based Photodynamic Therapy: Towards Highly Effective Synergistic Bioreductive Therapy in Tumors.

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    Liu, Yanyan; Liu, Yong; Bu, Wenbo; Cheng, Chao; Zuo, Changjing; Xiao, Qingfeng; Sun, Yong; Ni, Dalong; Zhang, Chen; Liu, Jianan; Shi, Jianlin

    2015-07-01

    Local hypoxia in tumors is an undesirable consequence of photodynamic therapy (PDT), which will lead to greatly reduced effectiveness of this therapy. Bioreductive pro-drugs that can be activated at low-oxygen conditions will be highly cytotoxic under hypoxia in tumors. Based on this principle, double silica-shelled upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) nanostructure capable of co-delivering photosensitizer (PS) molecules and a bioreductive pro-drug (tirapazamine, TPZ) were designed (TPZ-UC/PS), with which a synergetic tumor therapeutic effect has been achieved first by UC-based (UC-) PDT under normal oxygen environment, immediately followed by the induced cytotoxicity of activated TPZ when oxygen is depleted by UC-PDT. Treatment with TPZ-UC/PS plus NIR laser resulted in a remarkably suppressed tumor growth as compared to UC-PDT alone, implying that the delivered TPZ has a profound effect on treatment outcomes for the much-enhanced cytotoxicity of TPZ under PDT-induced hypoxia. PMID:26012928

  9. Successful management of chronic multifocal Q fever Osteomyelitis with adjuvant interferon-gamma therapy.

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    Neth, Olaf Werner; Falcon, Dolores; Peromingo, Estrella; Soledad Camacho, Maria; Rodríguez-Gallego, Carlos; Obando, Ignacio

    2011-09-01

    We present a 3-year-old girl who had chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis caused by Coxiella burnetii despite long-term dual antibiotic therapy. Excellent clinical response was achieved and sustained when immunomodulatory therapy with interferon-? was initiated. This is the case of a first child who was successfully treated with interferon-? as adjuvant therapy for chronic multifocal Q fever osteomyelitis. PMID:21372749

  10. Adjuvant Therapy in Renal Cell Carcinoma—Past, Present, and Future?

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    Janowitz, Tobias; Welsh, Sarah J.; Zaki, Kamarul; Mulders, Peter; Eisen, Tim

    2013-01-01

    To date, no effective adjuvant treatment for renal cell carcinoma (RCC) has been described, but research in this area is important since the 5-year relapse rate for intermediate- and high-risk early-stage RCC is 30%–40%. Metastatic RCC can be treated successfully with immune therapy and targeted therapy. Adjuvant trials with immune therapy have been conducted, but they reported no benefit in disease-free survival, and clinical trials with targeted agents have not yet reported results. Further advances in our understanding of the molecular pathogenesis of RCC will identify additional potential targets for adjuvant treatment trials. Future challenges will consequently include target identification, as well as trial design to answer multiple trial questions concurrently, comprehensively, and economically. We review the past efforts, summarize the current adjuvant clinical trial landscape, and consider the challenges in adjuvant trials for RCC. Additionally, we identify potential future adjuvant trial treatments and propose an alternative design for future adjuvant clinical trials. PMID:23972712

  11. In Vivo Near-Infrared Photodynamic Therapy Based on Targeted Upconversion Nanoparticles.

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    Zhou, Aiguo; Wei, Yanchun; Chen, Qun; Xing, Da

    2015-11-01

    Upconversion nanoparticles have shown to be a promising prospect for biological detection and photodynamic therapy (PDT). The focus of this study was to develop an upconversion nanoparticle modified with a targeting peptide and photosensitizer for near-infrared photodynamic therapy. To produce a tumor-targeting nanophotosensitizer with near-infrared excitation, NaYF4:Yb/Er upconversion nanoparticles were first wrapped with O-carboxymethyl chitosan to develop an upconversion rianoplatform and then chemically conjugated with the photosensitizer pyropheophorbide-a (Ppa) and RGD peptide c(RGDyK). The nanoparticle exhibited low dark toxicity and high biocompatibility. When injected into the tail vein of tumor-bearing U87-MG mice, UCNP-Ppa-RGD revealed an enhanced tumor-specific biodistribution and successful therapeutic effect following near-infrared laser irradiation. It possessed a significantly deeper therapeutic depth compared with conventional visible light triggered PDT using Ppa. The results suggest that the nanoplatform has advantages in the spectral application, and the constructed tumor-specific nanoparticle shows high clinical potential to serve not only as a photodynamic imaging reagent but also as a therapeutic agent for the treatment of large or deeply seated tumors. PMID:26554158

  12. Benefit of Postoperative Adjuvant Therapy for Pancreatic Cancer: A Population-Based Analysis

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    Vanderveen, Kimberly A; Chen, Steven L; Yin, Daixin; Cress, Rosemary D; Bold, Richard J

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND Despite recent completion of several trials of adjuvant therapy after resection for pancreatic adenocarcinoma, the absolute impact on survival and the identification of appropriate patients for treatment remains controversial. OBJECTIVE We sought to identify the impact of adjuvant therapy and factors associated with any improvement in survival after resection of pancreatic cancer. METHODS Through the California Cancer Registry, we identified all California residents diagnosed with pancreatic cancer between 1994 and 2002. Factors potentially impacting survival were analyzed, including: patient demographics, tumor characteristics, and treatment provided. Univariate and multivariate survival analyses were performed by Kaplan-Meier and Cox regression methods. RESULTS 26,518 patients were identified; 3,196 (12.1%) underwent resection as their primary treatment. The median overall survival was 16 months for resected patients. Prognostic factors associated with better survival included: negative lymph node status, well differentiated tumors, younger age, female gender, and receipt of any adjuvant therapy. On multivariate analysis, adjuvant therapy demonstrated a statistically significant, though modest, impact on survival with a hazard ratio of 0.79 (95% CI 0.72 – 0.87, p<0.001). The benefit of adjuvant therapy was only apparent in those patients with lymph node positive or poorly differentiated tumors. CONCLUSIONS Adjuvant therapy provides for a modest improvement in overall survival following surgical resection of pancreatic cancer. The absolute effect is most pronounced in those with poor prognostic indicators. In order to identify effective systemic therapy for this deadly cancer, future clinical trials of adjuvant therapy should focus on these groups of patients. PMID:19301434

  13. Vaginal Speculum For Photodynamic Therapy And Method Of Using The Same

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    Tadir, Yona; Berns, Michael W.; Monk, Brad J.; Profeta, Glen; Tromberg, Bruce J.

    1995-10-17

    An improved vaginal speculum for photodynamic therapy of intraepithelial tissue and in particular vaginal, cervical and vulvar neoplasia utilizes a precisely and accurately positionable optic fiber through which a predetermined dose of light in the range of 620 to 700 nanometers is delivered over a controlled area which has been previously treated with photodynamic therapeutic substances. In particular, the neoplastic area has been treated with hematoporphyrin derivatives and other photosensitizers which are selectively taken into the cancerous tissue. Exposure to the appropriate wavelength laser light photoactivates the absorbed hematoporphyrins causing the release of singlet oxygen which internally oxidizes and ultimately causes cell death. The fiber optic tip from which the laser light is transmitted is precisely positioned within the body cavity at a predetermined distance from the intraepithelial neoplasia in order to obtain the appropriate spot size and location to minimize damage to healthy tissue and maximize damage to the selectively impregnated cancerous tissue.

  14. The Role of Subcellular Localization in Initiation of Apoptosis by Photodynamic Therapy

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    Kessel, David; Luo, Yu; Deng, Yongqi; Chang, C. K.

    2015-01-01

    Rapid initiation of apoptosis can be induced by photodynamic therapy, depending on the cell line and sensitizer employed. In this study, we evaluated the photodynamic responses to two structurally related photosensitizing agents, using the P388 murine leukemia cell line in culture. Photodamage mediated by tin etiopurpurin involved lysosomes and mitochondria and yielded a rapid apoptotic response; apoptotic nuclei were observed within 60 min after PDT. A drug analog, tin octaethylpurpurin amidine, targeted lysosomes, mitochondria and cell membranes; apoptotic nuclei were not observed until 24 h after PDT. These results, together with other recent reports, are consistent with the hypothesis that membrane photodamage can delay or prevent an apoptotic response to PDT. PMID:9077123

  15. Direct imaging of singlet oxygen luminescence generated in blood vessels during photodynamic therapy

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    Lin, Lisheng; Lin, Huiyun; Chen, Defu; Chen, Longchao; Wang, Min; Xie, Shusen; Gu, Ying; Wilson, Brian C.; Li, Buhong

    2014-05-01

    Singlet oxygen (1O2) is commonly recognized to be a major phototoxic component for inducing the biological damage during photodynamic therapy (PDT). In this study, a novel configuration of a thermoelectrically-cooled near-infrared sensitive InGaAs camera was developed for imaging of photodynamically-generated 1O2 luminescence. The validation of 1O2 luminescence images for solution samples was performed with the model photosensitizer Rose Bengal (RB). Images of 1O2 luminescence generated in blood vessels in vivo in a well-controlled dorsal skinfold window chamber model were also recorded during PDT. This study demonstrated the capacity of the newly-developed imaging system for imaging of 1O2 luminescence, and the first reported images of 1O2 luminescence in blood vessels in vivo. This system has potential for elucidating the mechanisms of vascular targeted PDT.

  16. Cell Death Pathways and Phthalocyanine as an Efficient Agent for Photodynamic Cancer Therapy

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    Mfouo-Tynga, Ivan; Abrahamse, Heidi

    2015-01-01

    The mechanisms of cell death can be predetermined (programmed) or not and categorized into apoptotic, autophagic and necrotic pathways. The process of Hayflick limits completes the execution of death-related mechanisms. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are associated with oxidative stress and subsequent cytodamage by oxidizing and degrading cell components. ROS are also involved in immune responses, where they stabilize and activate both hypoxia-inducible factors and phagocytic effectors. ROS production and presence enhance cytodamage and photodynamic-induced cell death. Photodynamic cancer therapy (PDT) uses non-toxic chemotherapeutic agents, photosensitizer (PS), to initiate a light-dependent and ROS-related cell death. Phthalocyanines (PCs) are third generation and stable PSs with improved photochemical abilities. They are effective inducers of cell death in various neoplastic models. The metallated PCs localize in critical cellular organelles and are better inducers of cell death than other previous generation PSs as they favor mainly apoptotic cell death events. PMID:25955645

  17. Targets and Mechanisms of Photodynamic Therapy in Lung Cancer Cells: A Brief Overview

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    Chiaviello, Angela; Postiglione, Ilaria; Palumbo, Giuseppe

    2011-01-01

    Lung cancer remains one of the most common cancer-related causes of death. This type of cancer typically develops over a period of many years, and if detected at an early enough stage can be eliminated by a variety of treatments including photodynamic therapy (PDT). A critical discussion on the clinical applications of PDT in lung cancer is well outside the scope of the present report, which, in turn focuses on mechanistic and other aspects of the photodynamic action at a molecular and cellular level. The knowledge of these issues at pre-clinical levels is necessary to develop, check and adopt appropriate clinical protocols in the future. This report, besides providing general information, includes a brief overview of present experimental PDT and provides some non-exhaustive information on current strategies aimed at further improving the efficacy, especially in regard to lung cancer cells. PMID:24212652

  18. Cell death pathways and phthalocyanine as an efficient agent for photodynamic cancer therapy.

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    Mfouo-Tynga, Ivan; Abrahamse, Heidi

    2015-01-01

    The mechanisms of cell death can be predetermined (programmed) or not and categorized into apoptotic, autophagic and necrotic pathways. The process of Hayflick limits completes the execution of death-related mechanisms. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are associated with oxidative stress and subsequent cytodamage by oxidizing and degrading cell components. ROS are also involved in immune responses, where they stabilize and activate both hypoxia-inducible factors and phagocytic effectors. ROS production and presence enhance cytodamage and photodynamic-induced cell death. Photodynamic cancer therapy (PDT) uses non-toxic chemotherapeutic agents, photosensitizer (PS), to initiate a light-dependent and ROS-related cell death. Phthalocyanines (PCs) are third generation and stable PSs with improved photochemical abilities. They are effective inducers of cell death in various neoplastic models. The metallated PCs localize in critical cellular organelles and are better inducers of cell death than other previous generation PSs as they favor mainly apoptotic cell death events. PMID:25955645

  19. Photophysical and photochemical properties of ?-(8-quinolinoxy) zinc phthalocyanine for photodynamic therapy

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    Lv, Yuehui; Yu, Songlin; Lin, Huiyun; Li, Buhong; Xue, Jinping; Xie, Shusen

    2009-02-01

    The photophysical and photochemical properties of a newly developed photosensitizer ?-(8-quinolinoxy) zinc phthalocyanine (?-(8-QLO)PcZn) were investigated for application in photodynamic therapy (PDT). The maximal Q band for ?-(8-QLO)PcZn in dimethylformamide around 675 nm with the molar extinction coefficient of about 1.89×105 mol-1cm-1. The fluorescence quantum and singlet oxygen (1O2) yields were determined to be 0.18+/-0.02 and 0.62+/-0.03, respectively. ?-(8-QLO) PcZn has a diffuse cytoplasmic distribution in nasopharyngeal carcinoma C666-1 cells, and the efficient photodynamic cytotoxicity was observed. Our findings of this study suggest that ?-(8-QLO)PcZn is a promising second-generation photosensitizer for PDT.

  20. Topical photodynamic therapy with 5-ALA in the treatment of arsenic-induced skin tumors

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    Karrer, Sigrid; Szeimies, Rolf-Markus; Landthaler, Michael

    1995-03-01

    A case of a 62-year-old woman suffering from psoriasis who was treated orally with arsenic 25 years ago is reported. The cumulative dose of arsenic trioxide was 800 mg. Since 10 years ago arsenic keratoses, basal cell carcinomas, Bowen's disease and invasive squamous cell carcinomas mainly on her hands and feet have developed, skin changes were clearly a sequence of arsenic therapy. Control of disease was poor, her right little finger had to be amputated. Topical photodynamic therapy with 5-aminolevulinic acid was performed on her right hand. Clinical and histological examinations 6 months after treatment showed an excellent cosmetic result with no signs of tumor residue.

  1. Endonyx toenail onychomycosis caused by Trichophyton rubrum: treatment with photodynamic therapy based on methylene blue dye*

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    Souza, Linton Wallis Figueiredo; Souza, Simone Vilas Trancoso; Botelho, Ana Cristina de Carvalho

    2013-01-01

    This study shows the effectiveness of photodynamic therapy based on methylene blue dye for the treatment of endonyx toenail onychomycosis. Four patients with endonyx onychomycosis caused by Trichophyton rubrum were treated with 2% methylene blue aqueous solution irradiated with light emission diode at 630 nm and an energy density of 36 J/cm2 for 6 months at 2-week intervals. The preliminary study showed the effectiveness of this therapy in the treatment of endonyx onychomycosis, and also indicated that the disease can be caused by T. rubrum. PMID:24474123

  2. Where does photodynamic therapy fit in the esophageal cancer treatment jigsaw puzzle?

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    Moghissi, Keyvan

    2012-10-01

    Traditional treatment options for esophageal cancer have centered on the triad of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. Although surgery remains the gold standard for operable disease, photodynamic therapy (PDT) is emerging as a valid minimally invasive option for select patients with inoperable disease. Years of experience with PDT for esophageal cancer seem to suggest that it may be particularly useful for treatment of early unresectable lesions, palliation of locally advanced disease, and salvage therapy for stent blockage or local tumor recurrence. Further investigation into the ideal role for PDT, perhaps through a comparative study with other nonsurgical options, may help clarify where it fits in the treatment armamentarium for esophageal cancer. PMID:23055217

  3. Early experience in MRI-guided therapies of prostate cancer: HIFU, laser and photodynamic treatment

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    Da Rosa, M.R.; Trachtenberg, J.; Chopra, R.

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Prostate cancer screening has resulted in earlier diagnosis with lower-grade disease, leading to over-detection and over-treatment in a significant number of patients. Current whole-gland radical treatments are associated with significant rates of morbidity. The high prevalence of low-risk disease together with an inability to accurately identify those men harboring more aggressive cancers has led to tremendous research in low-morbidity focal therapies for prostate cancer. This review summarizes the early experiences with focal therapy with emphasis on early applications of laser, high-intensity focuses ultrasound, and photodynamic approaches. PMID:22187023

  4. Near-infrared light triggered photodynamic therapy in combination with gene therapy using upconversion nanoparticles for effective cancer cell killing

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    Wang, Xin; Liu, Kai; Yang, Guangbao; Cheng, Liang; He, Lu; Liu, Yumeng; Li, Yonggang; Guo, Liang; Liu, Zhuang

    2014-07-01

    Upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) have drawn much attention in cancer imaging and therapy in recent years. Herein, we for the first time report the use of UCNPs with carefully engineered surface chemistry for combined photodynamic therapy (PDT) and gene therapy of cancer. In our system, positively charged NaGdF4:Yb,Er UCNPs with multilayered polymer coatings are synthesized via a layer by layer strategy, and then loaded simultaneously with Chlorin e6 (Ce6), a photosensitizing molecule, and small interfering RNA (siRNA), which targets the Plk1 oncogene. On the one hand, under excitation by a near-infrared (NIR) light at 980 nm, which shows greatly improved tissue penetration compared with visible light, cytotoxic singlet oxygen can be generated via resonance energy transfer from UCNPs to photosensitizer Ce6, while the residual upconversion luminescence is utilized for imaging. On the other hand, the silencing of Plk1 induced by siRNA delivered with UCNPs could induce significant cancer cell apoptosis. As the result of such combined photodynamic and gene therapy, a remarkably enhanced cancer cell killing effect is realized. Our work thus highlights the promise of UCNPs for imaging guided combination therapy of cancer.Upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) have drawn much attention in cancer imaging and therapy in recent years. Herein, we for the first time report the use of UCNPs with carefully engineered surface chemistry for combined photodynamic therapy (PDT) and gene therapy of cancer. In our system, positively charged NaGdF4:Yb,Er UCNPs with multilayered polymer coatings are synthesized via a layer by layer strategy, and then loaded simultaneously with Chlorin e6 (Ce6), a photosensitizing molecule, and small interfering RNA (siRNA), which targets the Plk1 oncogene. On the one hand, under excitation by a near-infrared (NIR) light at 980 nm, which shows greatly improved tissue penetration compared with visible light, cytotoxic singlet oxygen can be generated via resonance energy transfer from UCNPs to photosensitizer Ce6, while the residual upconversion luminescence is utilized for imaging. On the other hand, the silencing of Plk1 induced by siRNA delivered with UCNPs could induce significant cancer cell apoptosis. As the result of such combined photodynamic and gene therapy, a remarkably enhanced cancer cell killing effect is realized. Our work thus highlights the promise of UCNPs for imaging guided combination therapy of cancer. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr02495h

  5. Photodynamic therapy of malignant brain tumours: a complementary approach to conventional therapies.

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    Bechet, Denise; Mordon, Serge R; Guillemin, François; Barberi-Heyob, Muriel A

    2014-03-01

    The poor outcome of primary malignant brain tumours is predominantly due to local invasion and local recurrence and their prognosis is highly dependent on the degree of resection. They have no border and, at best, a marginal zone that remains invisible to the surgeon. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) appears to be an interesting modality to fill the need for a targeted treatment that may reduce recurrence and extend survival with minimal side effects. In this review, we summarize the different technologies of brain tumour PDT employed such as interstitial PDT, and PDT-associated surgical resection, describing new light delivery devices. The role of dosimetry - one of the key factors behind successful brain tumour PDT - is discussed. This can be achieved by integrating results from in vivo studies. In this context, the development of new therapeutic photosensitizer delivery systems is also an area of significant research interest. Multifunctionality can be engineered into a single nanoplatform to provide tumour-specific detection, treatment, and follow-up. Such multitasking systems appear to be complementary to conventional technologies. PMID:22858248

  6. Pheophorbides as photosensitizers for the photodynamic therapy of tumors

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    Tanielian, Charles; Wolff, Christian; Kobayashi, Masami

    1995-01-01

    Quantum yields for formation of singlet molecular oxygen have been measured for sodium pheophorbides (Na-Phdes) a and b in aqueous and non-aqueous media. Measurements have been made for both steady-state and pulsed laser excitation with the resultant singlet molecular oxygen being detected by photo-oxygenation reactions or time-resolved luminescence spectroscopy, respectively. Singlet oxygen production sensitized by Na-Phdes a or b is insignificant in aqueous media but occurs with a good efficiency in organic solvents. Plasmid DNA is efficiently photocleaved by Na-Phdes a and b in the absence of oxygen as well as in the presence of oxygen. Fluorescence microscopic observation shows a rapid incorporation of Na-Phde a into nuclei, mitochondria, and lysosome of human oral mucosa cells. In contrast Na-Phde b is incorporated only into the plasma membrane. The photodynamic activity of these pigments in living tissues is probably determined by the monomeric pigment molecules formed in hydrophobic cellular structures.

  7. Polymeric micelles encapsulating photosensitizer: structure/photodynamic therapy efficiency relation.

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    Gibot, Laure; Lemelle, Arnaud; Till, Ugo; Moukarzel, Béatrice; Mingotaud, Anne-Françoise; Pimienta, Véronique; Saint-Aguet, Pascale; Rols, Marie-Pierre; Gaucher, Mireille; Violleau, Frédéric; Chassenieux, Christophe; Vicendo, Patricia

    2014-04-14

    Various polymeric micelles were formed from amphiphilic block copolymers, namely, poly(ethyleneoxide-b-?-caprolactone), poly(ethyleneoxide-b-d,l-lactide), and poly(ethyleneoxide-b-styrene). The micelles were characterized by static and dynamic light scattering, electron microscopy, and asymmetrical flow field-flow fractionation. They all displayed a similar size close to 20 nm. The influence of the chemical structure of the block copolymers on the stability upon dilution of the polymeric micelles was investigated to assess their relevance as carriers for nanomedicine. In the same manner, the stability upon aging was assessed by FRET experiments under various experimental conditions (alone or in the presence of blood proteins). In all cases, a good stability over 48 h for all systems was encountered, with PDLLA copolymer-based systems being the first to release their load slowly. The cytotoxicity and photocytotoxicity of the carriers were examined with or without their load. Lastly, the photodynamic activity was assessed in the presence of pheophorbide a as photosensitizer on 2D and 3D tumor cell culture models, which revealed activity differences between the 2D and 3D systems. PMID:24552313

  8. Photodynamic therapy by nonresonant two-photon excitation

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    Koenig, Karsten; Riemann, Iris; Fischer, Peter

    1999-07-01

    Intracellular photodynamic reactions by nonlinear excitation of porphyrin photosensitizers have been induced using near infrared ultrashort laser pulses at 200 fs pulse width, 80 MHz pulse repetition rate and 2 mW mean laser power. In particular, a highly focused 780 nm pulsed laser scanning beam was employed at a frame rate of 1/16 s-1 (60 microsecond(s) pixel dwell time) to expose Photofrin-labeled and aminolevulinic acid (ALA)-labeled Chinese hamster ovary cells. Intracellular accumulation and photobleaching of the fluorescent photosensitizers protoporphyrin IX and Photofrin have been studied by non-resonant two-photon fluorescence excitation. Subsequent scanning of the sensitizer-labeled cells resulted in reduced cloning efficiency of 50% and 0% after about 13 scans (approximately equals 10 mJ) and 50 scans, respectively, in the case of Photofrin accumulation (5 (mu) g/ml) and after about 24 scans and 100 scans in the case of ALA administration (1.5 mg/ml). Live/dead assays revealed the loss of vitality of most of cells after 50 scans for Photofrin-labeled cells and 100 scans for ALA-labeled cells. Sensitizer-free control cells could be scanned more than 250 times (1.1 h) without impact on the reproduction behavior, morphology, and vitality.

  9. Novel LED array used for photodynamic therapy (PDT)

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    Daly, Steven R.; Zheng, Frank; Krouse, Mike; Guo, Zihong; Mahoney, Paula; McIlroy, Brian W.

    2003-07-01

    Light Sciences Corporation has developed a novel LED array that was designed and manufactured to treat large bulky tumors. We describe our LED design process, culminating in the manufacture of a flexible silicone catheter currently under investigation in a Phase 1 clinical trial. The performance characteristics of the wire-bonded die to a flexible polyimide substrate forming a linear array are discussed. The LED array consists of 100 die arranged asymmetrically on the substrate with 50 LED's on either side producing up to 60mW total optical power at 38°C (500mA) over a spectral bandwidth 645-670nm FWHM. The LED's are encapsulated within biocompatible silicon for interstitial placement within the treatment tissue. The effect of time, temperature and humidity on the device performance was investigated. Optical power ranged from -2.5% to +0.5% of the normalized original power over 50 hours in 100% RH within the control group. Over a temperature range of 35°C to 50°C the optical power decreased at a rate of 0.56% per °C. Preliminary non-clinical experiments carried out in normal swine muscle demonstrate a significant treatment zone and are consistent with threshold models for photodynamic effect.

  10. Survival analysis of women with breast cancer under adjuvant therapy in South India.

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    Venkatesan, P; Raman, T T; Ponnuraja, C

    2011-01-01

    While there has been much research in identifying risk factors and prognostic factor for breast cancer for breast cancer survival, the research specific to South Indian population is limited: Most of the association studies between breast cancer and risk factor have been widely studied in developed countries. This study attempts to explore the survival experience of breast cancer patients treated under adjuvant and neo-adjuvant therapy. The data were obtained from a Government Cancer Hospital, Tamil Nadu, South India and included 522 women diagnosed and treated with adjuvant and neo-adjuvant therapy between January 2000 to December 2008 and follow up to May 2010. The survival experiences under two treatments are presented using Kaplan-Meier survival curves. The important prognostic variables for response to treatment survival were identified using Cox regression with and without time-dependent covariates. Of the 522 cases, 248(47.5%) were of stage 2 (A and B), 249 (47.7%) were of stage 3 (A and B). About 90% received neo-adjuvant therapy. About 94% of the patients had response to treatment. The Cox model showed that apart from the chemotherapy, number of children, child birth status and stage 3B and 4 turn out to be significant predictors for response to treatment survival. This is the first study to evaluate adjuvant therapy effects under hospital setup in South India. The results show that response to treatment survival is related poor in advanced stage patients under treatment. PMID:22126494

  11. The role of reperfusion injury in photodynamic therapy with 5-aminolaevulinic acid--a study on normal rat colon.

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    Curnow, A; Bown, S G

    2002-03-18

    Reperfusion injury can occur when blood flow is restored after a transient period of ischaemia. The resulting cascade of reactive oxygen species damages tissue. This mechanism may contribute to the tissue damage produced by 5-aminolaevulinic acid-induced photodynamic therapy, if this treatment temporarily depletes oxygen in an area that is subsequently reoxygenated. This was investigated in the normal colon of female Wistar rats. All animals received 200 mg kg(-1) 5-aminolaevulinic acid intravenously 2 h prior to 25 J (100 mW) of 628 nm light, which was delivered continuously or fractionated (5 J/150 second dark interval/20 J). Animals were recovered following surgery, killed 3 days later and the photodynamic therapy lesion measured macroscopically. The effects of reperfusion injury were removed from the experiments either through the administration of free radical scavengers (superoxide dismutase (10 mg kg(-1)) and catalase (7.5 mg kg(-1)) in combination) or allopurinol (an inhibitor of xanthine oxidase (50 mg kg(-1))). Prior administration of the free radical scavengers and allopurinol abolished the macroscopic damage produced by 5-aminolaevulinic acid photodynamic therapy in this model, regardless of the light regime employed. As the specific inhibitor of xanthine oxidase (allopurinol) protected against photodynamic therapy damage, it is concluded that reperfusion injury is involved in the mechanism of photodynamic therapy in the rat colon. PMID:11953834

  12. Long-term recurrence of nonmelanoma skin cancer after topical methylaminolevulinate photodynamic therapy in a dermato-oncology department*

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    Cabete, Joana; Rafael, Margarida; Cravo, Mariana; Moura, Cecília; Sachse, Fernanda; Pecegueiro, Manuela

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND Most available studies on the efficacy of topical photodynamic therapy focus on short-to medium-term results. Long-term data are scarce. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the long-term efficacy of photodynamic therapy with topical methylaminolevulinate to treat Bowen's disease and basal cell carcinoma in the clinical practice setting of a dermato-oncology department. METHODS The study included patients diagnosed with Bowen's disease or basal cell carcinoma, and who received photodynamic therapy from 2004 to 2008. Treatment protocol and clinical follow-up were standardized. The primary endpoint was clinically observed recurrence in a previous photodynamic therapy-treated area. Descriptive and survival analyses were performed. RESULTS A total of 31 Bowen's disease lesions and 44 superficial basal cell carcinoma were treated, with a median follow-up of 43.5 months. Recurrence was observed in 14 Bowen's disease lesions (53.8%) and in 11 superficial basal cell carcinoma (33.3%). Significantly higher estimates for recurrence rates were found in patients with Bowen's disease (p=0.0036) or those aged under 58 years (p=0.039). The risk of recurrence was higher in patients with Bowen's disease than in those with superficial basal cell carcinoma and younger patients. CONCLUSIONS Recurrence should be considered when choosing to treat non-melanoma skin cancer with photodynamic therapy. Younger age and Bowen's disease were independent predictors for long-term recurrence, suggesting the need to establish an extended period of follow-up for this subset of patients.

  13. Site-specific conjugation of single domain antibodies to liposomes enhances photosensitizer uptake and photodynamic therapy efficacy.

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    Broekgaarden, M; van Vught, R; Oliveira, S; Roovers, R C; van Bergen En Henegouwen, P M P; Pieters, R J; Van Gulik, T M; Breukink, E; Heger, M

    2016-03-17

    Photodynamic therapy for therapy-resistant cancers will greatly benefit from targeted delivery of tumor photosensitizing agents. In this study, a strategy for the site-specific conjugation of single domain antibodies onto liposomes containing the photosensitizer zinc phthalocyanine was developed and tested. PMID:26954515

  14. Concepts and Principles of Photodynamic Therapy as an Alternative Antifungal Discovery Platform

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    Dai, Tianhong; Fuchs, Beth B.; Coleman, Jeffrey J.; Prates, Renato A.; Astrakas, Christos; St. Denis, Tyler G.; Ribeiro, Martha S.; Mylonakis, Eleftherios; Hamblin, Michael R.; Tegos, George P.

    2012-01-01

    Opportunistic fungal pathogens may cause superficial or serious invasive infections, especially in immunocompromised and debilitated patients. Invasive mycoses represent an exponentially growing threat for human health due to a combination of slow diagnosis and the existence of relatively few classes of available and effective antifungal drugs. Therefore systemic fungal infections result in high attributable mortality. There is an urgent need to pursue and deploy novel and effective alternative antifungal countermeasures. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) was established as a successful modality for malignancies and age-related macular degeneration but photodynamic inactivation has only recently been intensively investigated as an alternative antimicrobial discovery and development platform. The concept of photodynamic inactivation requires microbial exposure to either exogenous or endogenous photosensitizer molecules, followed by visible light energy, typically wavelengths in the red/near infrared region that cause the excitation of the photosensitizers resulting in the production of singlet oxygen and other reactive oxygen species that react with intracellular components, and consequently produce cell inactivation and death. Antifungal PDT is an area of increasing interest, as research is advancing (i) to identify the photochemical and photophysical mechanisms involved in photoinactivation; (ii) to develop potent and clinically compatible photosensitizers; (iii) to understand how photoinactivation is affected by key microbial phenotypic elements multidrug resistance and efflux, virulence and pathogenesis determinants, and formation of biofilms; (iv) to explore novel photosensitizer delivery platforms; and (v) to identify photoinactivation applications beyond the clinical setting such as environmental disinfectants. PMID:22514547

  15. Efficacy of photodynamic therapy against larvae of Aedes aegypti: confocal microscopy and fluorescence-lifetime imaging

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    de Souza, L. M.; Pratavieira, S.; Inada, N. M.; Kurachi, C.; Corbi, J.; Guimarães, F. E. G.; Bagnato, V. S.

    2014-03-01

    Recently a few demonstration on the use of Photodynamic Reaction as possibility to eliminate larvae that transmit diseases for men has been successfully demonstrated. This promising tool cannot be vastly used due to many problems, including the lake of investigation concerning the mechanisms of larvae killing as well as security concerning the use of photosensitizers in open environment. In this study, we investigate some of the mechanisms in which porphyrin (Photogem) is incorporated on the Aedes aegypti larvae previously to illumination and killing. Larvae at second instar were exposed to the photosensitizer and after 30 minutes imaged by a confocal fluorescence microscope. It was observed the presence of photosensitizer in the gut and at the digestive tract of the larva. Fluorescence-Lifetime Imaging showed greater photosensitizer concentration in the intestinal wall of the samples, which produces a strong decrease of the Photogem fluorescence lifetime. For Photodynamic Therapy exposition to different light doses and concentrations of porphyrin were employed. Three different light sources (LED, Fluorescent lamp, Sun light) also were tested. Sun light and fluorescent lamp shows close to 100% of mortality after 24 hrs. of illumination. These results indicate the potential use of photodynamic effect against the LARVAE of Aedes aegypti.

  16. An irradiation system for photodynamic therapy with a fiber-optic sensor for measuring tissue oxygen

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    Quintanar, L.; Fabila, D.; Stolik, S.; de la Rosa, J. M.

    2013-11-01

    Photodynamic Therapy is a well known treatment based on the interaction of light of specific wavelength with a photosensitizing drug. In the presence of oxygen molecules, the illumination of the photosensitizer can activate the production of reactive oxygen species, which leads to the death of target cells within the treated tissue. In order to obtain the best therapy response, the tissue oxygen concentration should be measured to adjust the therapy parameters before and during the treatment. In this work, an irradiation system for 5-Aminolevulinic Acid Photodynamic Therapy is presented. It allows the application of visible light radiation of 630 nm using as a light source a high-brightness light emitting diode with an optical-power automatic control considering a light depth-distribution model. A module to measure the tissue oxygen saturation has been implemented into the system. It is based on two light emitting diodes of 660 nm and 940 nm as light sources, a photodiode as a detector and a new handheld fiber optic reflectance pulse oximetry sensor for estimating the blood oxygen saturation within the tissue. The pulse oximetry sensor was modeled through multilayered Monte Carlo simulations to study the behavior of the sensor with changes in skin thickness and melanin content.

  17. Enhanced photodynamic therapy and effective elimination of cancer stem cells using surfactant-polymer nanoparticles.

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    Usacheva, Marina; Swaminathan, Suresh Kumar; Kirtane, Ameya R; Panyam, Jayanth

    2014-09-01

    Photodynamic therapy is a potentially curative treatment for various types of cancer. It involves energy transfer from an excited photosensitizer to surrounding oxygen molecules to produce cytotoxic singlet oxygen species, a process termed as type II reaction. The efficiency of photodynamic therapy is greatly reduced because of the reduced levels of oxygen, often found in tumor microenvironments that also house cancer stem cells, a subpopulation of tumor cells that are characterized by enhanced tumorigenicity and resistance to conventional therapies. We show here that encapsulation of a photosensitizer, methylene blue, in alginate-Aerosol OT nanoparticles leads to an increased production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) under both normoxic and hypoxic conditions. ROS generation was found to depend on the interaction of the cationic photosensitizer with the anionic alginate polymer. Dye-polymer interaction was characterized by formation of methylene blue dimers, potentially enabling electron transfer and a type I photochemical reaction that is less sensitive to environmental oxygen concentration. We also find that nanoparticle encapsulated methylene blue has the capacity to eliminate cancer stem cells under hypoxic conditions, an important goal of current cancer therapy. PMID:25061685

  18. Combination of photodynamic and ultrasonic therapy for treatment of infected wounds in animal model

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    Menyaev, Yulian A.; Zharov, Vladimir P.

    2006-02-01

    One of the important problems of modern medicine is treatment of infected wounds. There are many diversified expedients of treatment, but none of them obey the modern physician completely. The aim of this study is to develop and test a new combined method of photodynamic ultrasonic therapy (PDUST) for treatment of infected wounds with focus on experimental trials. PDUST is based on a combination of two methods: photodynamic (PD) therapy (PDT) with photosensitizer and low frequency ultrasonic (US) therapy with antibiotic as tools for treatment of wounds and effectively killing bacteria. The main parameters are: US frequency - 26.5 kHz; US tip elongation - 40+/-20 μm wavelength of light emitting diodes (LED) array - 660+/-10 nm; light intensity on biotissue surface - 1-2 mW/cm2; photosensitizer - an aluminum disulfonated phtalocyanine dissolved in a physiological solution in concentration 10 mg/l. The experiments were carried out with 70 male chinchilla rabbits divided into 7 groups, thus the dynamics of wounds healing were studied in different modes of PDUST. The PD and US methods supplement each other and in conjunction provide additive and especially synergetic effects. The experimental data demonstrated advantages of new technology in comparison with conventional methods in cases of treatment of extended suppurative inflammatory and profound wounds. The more detailed study of PDUST method's mechanism, which is based on low intensity of LED light, PD therapy and US influence is required.

  19. Conscious sedation with inhaled 50% nitrous oxide/oxygen premix in photodynamic therapy sessions for vulvar lichen sclerosus treatment*

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    Cabete, Joana; Campos, Sara; Lestre, Sara

    2015-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy has been described as an effective therapeutic option in selected cases of anogenital lichen sclerosus that are refractory to first-line treatments. However, procedure-related pain is a limiting factor in patient adherence to treatment. The authors report the case of a 75-year-old woman with highly symptomatic vulvar lichen sclerosus, successfully treated with photodynamic therapy. An inhaled 50% nitrous oxide/oxygen premix was administered during sessions, producing a pain-relieving, anxiolytic, and sedative effect without loss of consciousness. This ready-to-use gas mixture may be a well-tolerated and accepted alternative to classical anesthetics in Photodynamic therapy, facilitating patients' adherence to illumination of pain-prone areas. PMID:25672311

  20. Conscious sedation with inhaled 50% nitrous oxide/oxygen premix in photodynamic therapy sessions for vulvar lichen sclerosus treatment.

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    Cabete, Joana; Campos, Sara; Lestre, Sara

    2015-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy has been described as an effective therapeutic option in selected cases of anogenital lichen sclerosus that are refractory to first-line treatments. However, procedure-related pain is a limiting factor in patient adherence to treatment. The authors report the case of a 75-year-old woman with highly symptomatic vulvar lichen sclerosus, successfully treated with photodynamic therapy. An inhaled 50% nitrous oxide/oxygen premix was administered during sessions, producing a pain-relieving, anxiolytic, and sedative effect without loss of consciousness. This ready-to-use gas mixture may be a well-tolerated and accepted alternative to classical anesthetics in Photodynamic therapy, facilitating patients' adherence to illumination of pain-prone areas. PMID:25672311

  1. The Effect of Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy with Radachlorin® on Staphylococcus Aureus and Escherichia Coli: An in Vitro Study

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    Fekrazad, Reza; Mohammadi Sepahvand, Sara; Morsali, Parisa

    2014-01-01

    Introduction: The aim of this study is the evaluation of the effect of Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy with Radachlorin on Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. New windows are open in the antimicrobial field so-call Photodynamic therapy that incorporates a nonpoisonous photosensitizer (PS) with innocuous special wavelength photons to excite the PS. Methods: Two strains of bacteria used in this study were Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (ATCC 33591; PTCC 1764) and Escherichia coli (ATCC 25922; PTCC1399). Concentrations of 0.2 ml of Radachlorin® were applied on 0.2 ml of bacterial suspensions and placed in a 48-well microtiter plate. The following groups were used: (I) L? PS? (no laser, no photosensitizer), (II) L?PS+ (treated only with PS), (III) L+ PS? (treated only with laser) and (IV) L+ PS+ (treated with laser and PS: photodynamic therapy group). Aliquots of bacterial suspensions were sensitized with Radachlorin® for 15 minutes in the dark at room temperature and then bacterial suspensions in group III and IV were irradiated with 210 mW (power density) and 12 J/cm2 (energy density) on continuous mode. Results: This study showed that photodynamic therapy reduces 0.14 log 10 in E.Coli (group IV) and there were significant differences for group IV (P<0.01). Photodynamic therapy in S.Aureus showed 6.28 log 10 colony count reduction (group IV) and there were highly significant differences in Photodynamic therapy group (P<0.0001). Conclusion: Radachlorin® have bactericidal effect on S.aureus (6.28 log 10) and bacteriostaticeffect on E.coli (0.14 log 10). PMID:25653804

  2. SU-E-T-191: First Principle Calculation of Quantum Yield in Photodynamic Therapy

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    Abolfath, R; Guo, F; Chen, Z; Nath, R

    2014-06-01

    Purpose: We present a first-principle method to calculate the spin transfer efficiency in oxygen induced by any photon fields especially in MeV energy range. The optical pumping is mediated through photosensitizers, e.g., porphyrin and/or ensemble of quantum dots. Methods: Under normal conditions, oxygen molecules are in the relatively non-reactive triplet state. In the presence of certain photosensitizer compounds such as porphyrins, electromagnetic radiation of specific wavelengths can excite oxygen to highly reactive singlet state. With selective uptake of photosensitizers by certain malignant cells, photon irradiation of phosensitized tumors can lead to selective killing of cancer cells. This is the basis of photodynamic therapy (PDT). Despite several attempts, PDT has not been clinically successful except in limited superficial cancers. Many parameters such as photon energy, conjugation with quantum dots etc. can be potentially combined with PDT in order to extend the role of PDT in cancer management. The key quantity for this optimization is the spin transfer efficiency in oxygen by any photon field. The first principle calculation model presented here, is an attempt to fill this need. We employ stochastic density matrix description of the quantum jumps and the rate equation methods in quantum optics based on Markov/Poisson processes and calculate time evolution of the population of the optically pumped singlet oxygen. Results: The results demonstrate the feasibility of our model in showing the dependence of the optical yield in generating spin-singlet oxygen on the experimental conditions. The adjustable variables can be tuned to maximize the population of the singlet oxygen hence the efficacy of the photodynamic therapy. Conclusion: The present model can be employed to fit and analyze the experimental data and possibly to assist researchers in optimizing the experimental conditions in photodynamic therapy.

  3. Nanoparticulate carriers for photodynamic therapy of cholangiocarcinoma: In vitro comparison of various polymer-based nanoparticles.

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    Grünebaum, Jonas; Söbbing, Judith; Mulac, Dennis; Langer, Klaus

    2015-12-30

    The photodynamic therapy with porphyrin derivatives is an established approach to targeted tumor therapy, but is still afflicted with disadvantages of the physicochemical characteristics of the photosensitizer. To overcome drug-related restrictions in photodynamic therapy, three 5,10,15,20-tetrakis(m-hydroxyphenyl) porphyrin (mTHPP)-loaded nanoparticulate formulations based on poly(dl-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA), poly(d,l-lactide) (PLA), and Eudragit(®) E were prepared in a consistent diameter range and compared with free mTHPP in vitro. Formulation behavior was investigated in two different cholangiocellular cell lines, EGI-1 and TFK-1. High cytotoxicity was shown for all photosensitizer loaded nanoparticle (NP) formulations and free mTHPP, with EC50 values ranging from 0.2 to 1.3μM. PLA based NP were not as effective in all performed tests as other formulations. Nanoparticulate embedded mTHPP remained photodynamically active and resulted in caspase-3 activation even at low concentrations of 250nM. PLGA based NP exhibited highest caspase-3 activation. For all formulations an effective intracellular accumulation of mTHPP was observed, whereby for mTHPP-Eudragit(®) E-NP a 200-fold drug accumulation was shown. Polymer based nanoparticles were shown to be an effective and highly active transport vehicle for the photosensitizer mTHPP in vitro. Problems like low solubility of free drug can be circumvented by successful embedding into nanoparticulate carrier systems, maintaining therapeutic effects of the photosensitizer. PMID:26456264

  4. Evaluation of prostatic optical properties and tissue response to photodynamic therapy in a canine model

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    Shetty, Sugandh D.; Chen, Qun; Schultz, Daniel; Wilson, Brian C.; Patterson, Michael S.; Hetzel, Fred W.; Cerny, Joseph C.

    1994-03-01

    A new modality of interstitial therapy to treat prostate cancer using photodynamic principles has been studied in a canine model. The effect of interstitial application of monochromatic light from an argon pumped dye laser at 630 nm was studied in a canine model. No significant hyperthermia was seen during the treatment. A concentric zone around the treatment fiber was seen during the treatment. A concentric zone around the treatment fiber was seen in PDT treated dogs and the maximum size was 18 mm. The data suggests that PDT may be clinically applicable in achieving tissue necrosis using interstitial light application in a solid organ like prostate.

  5. Near Infrared Light-Triggered Drug Generation and Release from Gold Nanoparticle Carriers for Photodynamic Therapy

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    Cheng, Yu; Doane, Tennyson L.; Chuang, Chi-Hung; Ziady, Assem; Burda, Clemens

    2014-01-01

    A photoprecursor Pc 227 is covalently bound onto gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) to produce the known photodynamic therapy (PDT) drug Pc 4 upon 660 nm photoirradiation. The photochemical formation of the photoproduct Pc 4 is identified by spectroscopy, chromatography, and mass spectrometry and its PDT efficacy is equal to Pc 4 when administered non-covalently by Au NPs, with the added benefit of improved covalent delivery and targeted NIR-triggered release from the covalent Pc 227-Au NP conjugate, while during transport the attached Pc 227 is quenched by the Au NP and PDT inactivated. PMID:24515950

  6. Near infrared light-triggered drug generation and release from gold nanoparticle carriers for photodynamic therapy.

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    Cheng, Yu; Doane, Tennyson L; Chuang, Chi-Hung; Ziady, Assem; Burda, Clemens

    2014-05-14

    A photoprecursor Pc 227 is covalently bound onto gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) to produce the known photodynamic therapy (PDT) drug Pc 4 upon 660 nm photoirradiation. The photochemical formation of the photoproduct Pc 4 is identified by spectroscopy, chromatography, and mass spectrometry and its PDT efficacy is equal to Pc 4 when administered non-covalently by Au NPs, with the added benefit of improved covalent delivery and targeted NIR-triggered release from the covalent Pc 227-Au NP conjugate, while during transport the attached Pc 227 is quenched by the Au NP and PDT inactivated. PMID:24515950

  7. Effect of photodynamic therapy on the skin using the ultrashort laser ablation.

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    Nicolodelli, Gustavo; Angarita, Dora Patricia Ramírez; Inada, Natalia Mayumi; Tirapelli, Luis Fernando; Bagnato, Vanderlei Salvador

    2014-08-01

    Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) with 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) is known to be limited for applications in tumours of large volume mainly due to the limited penetration of topical photosensitization. The results show that micro-holes created using a femtosecond laser before PDT significantly increased the depth of PDT effect in the healthy tissue. The combination of ultrashort laser ablation technique with PDT showed an important scientific breakthrough related to transportation and delivery of drugs into the deeper regions of the tissue. PMID:23576274

  8. Antimicrobial photodynamic therapy: The impact of laser radiation on mucous tissue stained with photosensitizer methylene blue

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    Astafyeva, L. G.; Zalesskaya, G. A.; Plavskii, V. Yu.

    2012-04-01

    We have calculated the spatial distribution of absorbed light energy within layers of a mucous tissue that contains photosensitizer methylene blue. Under irradiation regimes that are typical of antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (laser radiation wavelength, 670 nm; power density, 150-300 mW/cm2; dose, 9-18 J/cm2), we have analyzed conditions that are necessary for the light penetration and delivery of methylene blue to a nidus of infection on a mucosal surface. We have performed a computer simulation of thermal fields, estimated maximal heating temperatures, and considered the degree at which the heating affects the trans-mission of light through a stained tissue.

  9. Use of Photodynamic Therapy for Treatment of Actinic Keratoses in Organ Transplant Recipients

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    Wlodek, Christina; Ali, Faisal R.; Lear, John T.

    2013-01-01

    Solid organ transplant recipients are predisposed to actinic keratoses (AK) and nonmelanoma skin cancers, owing to the lifelong immunosuppression required. Today, increasing numbers of organ transplants are being performed and organ transplant recipients (OTRs) are surviving much longer. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is proving a highly effective treatment modality for AK amongst this susceptible group of patients. Following an overview of the pathogenesis of AK amongst OTRs, the authors review current safety and efficacy data and how this relates to the role of PDT for the treatment of AK in OTRs. PMID:23509711

  10. Postsurgical adjuvant tumor therapy by combining anti-angiopoietin-2 and metronomic chemotherapy limits metastatic growth.

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    Srivastava, Kshitij; Hu, Junhao; Korn, Claudia; Savant, Soniya; Teichert, Martin; Kapel, Stephanie S; Jugold, Manfred; Besemfelder, Eva; Thomas, Markus; Pasparakis, Manolis; Augustin, Hellmut G

    2014-12-01

    Antiangiogenic tumor therapy has failed in the adjuvant setting. Here we show that inhibition of the Tie2 ligand angiopoietin-2 (Ang2) effectively blocks metastatic growth in preclinical mouse models of postsurgical adjuvant therapy. Ang2 antibody treatment combines well with low-dose metronomic chemotherapy (LDMC) in settings in which maximum-dose chemotherapy does not prove effective. Mechanistically, Ang2 blockade could be linked to quenching the inflammatory and angiogenic response of endothelial cells (ECs) in the metastatic niche. Reduced EC adhesion molecule and chemokine expression inhibits the recruitment of tumor-promoting CCR2(+)Tie2(-) metastasis-associated macrophages. Moreover, LDMC contributes to therapeutic efficacy by inhibiting the recruitment of protumorigenic bone marrow-derived myeloid cells. Collectively, these data provide a rationale for mechanism-guided adjuvant tumor therapies. PMID:25490450

  11. Nanoparticle-mediated combination chemotherapy and photodynamic therapy overcomes tumor drug resistance

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    Khdair, Ayman; Chen, Di; Patil, Yogesh; Ma, Linan; Dou, Q. Ping; Shekhar, Malathy P.V.; Panyam, Jayanth

    2013-01-01

    Tumor drug resistance significantly limits the success of chemotherapy in the clinic. Tumor cells utilize multiple mechanisms to prevent the accumulation of anticancer drugs at their intracellular site of action. In this study, we investigated the anticancer efficacy of doxorubicin in combination with photodynamic therapy using methylene blue in a drug-resistant mouse tumor model. Surfactant-polymer hybrid nanoparticles formulated using an anionic surfactant, Aerosol-OT™ (AOT), and a naturally occurring polysaccharide polymer, sodium alginate, were used for synchronized delivery of the two drugs. Balb/c mice bearing syngeneic JC tumors (mammary adenocarcinoma) were used as a drug-resistant tumor model. Nanoparticle-mediated combination therapy significantly inhibited tumor growth and improved animal survival. Nanoparticle-mediated combination treatment resulted in enhanced tumor accumulation of both doxorubicin and methylene blue, significant inhibition of tumor cell proliferation, and increased induction of apoptosis. These data suggest that nanoparticle-mediated combination chemotherapy and photodynamic therapy using doxorubicin and methylene blue has significant therapeutic potential against drug-resistant tumors. PMID:19751777

  12. The p53-mediated cytotoxicity of photodynamic therapy of cancer: Recent advances

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    Zawacka-Pankau, Joanna Krachulec, Justyna Grulkowski, Ireneusz Bielawski, Krzysztof P. Selivanova, Galina

    2008-11-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a promising modality for the treatment of both pre-malignant and malignant lesions. The mechanism of action converges mainly on the generation of reactive oxygen species which damage cancer cells directly as well as indirectly acting on tumor vasculature. The exact mechanism of PDT action is not fully understood, which is a formidable barrier to its successful clinical application. Elucidation of the mechanisms of cancer cell elimination by PDT might help in establishing highly specific, non-genotoxic anti-cancer treatment of tomorrow. One of the candidate PDT targets is the well-known tumor suppressor p53 protein recognized as the guardian of the genome. Together with its family members, p73 and p63 proteins, p53 is involved in apoptosis induction upon stress stimuli. The wild-type and mutant p53-targeting chemotherapeutics are currently extensively investigated as a promising strategy for highly specific anti-cancer therapy. In photodynamic therapy porphyrinogenic sensitizers are the most widely used compounds due to their potent biophysical and biochemical properties. Recent data suggest that the p53 tumor suppressor protein might play a significant role in porphyrin-PDT-mediated cell death by direct interaction with the drug which leads to its accumulation and induction of p53-dependent cell death both in the dark and upon irradiation. In this review we describe the available evidence on the role of p53 in PDT.

  13. Enhanced antitumoral efficacy by intratumoral perfusion of activated macrophages associated with photodynamic therapy

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    Dima, Vasile F.; Vasiliu, Virgil V.; Laky, Dezideriu; Ionescu, Paul; Dima, Stefan V.

    1996-01-01

    Experiments were performed on five batches of Wistar inbred rats with Walker-256 carcinosarcoma receiving photodynamic therapy (PDT), rMuIFN-gamma activated macrophages (AM(Phi) ) or associated therapy (PDT-AM(Phi) -A; PDT-AM(Phi) -B); the control batch (HBSS) consisted of animals with untreated Walker-256 tumors. The results were as follows: the sole treatment (PDT, AM(Phi) ) gave survival rates between 57.2 and 57.7% and cure rates ranging from 23.1 to 34.3%. The 'combined' therapy in multiple doses increased significantly (87.9%) the survival rate of tumor bearing rats as well as the rate of complete tumor regression (72.7%). Cell-mediated immunity test values in batches III and IV exposed to multiple doses of PDT-AM(Phi) showed higher values as compared to the values noticed in batches I - II and the control batch V, performed at 12 and 21 days post-treatment. Summing up, these results demonstrate that 'combined' photodynamic treatment and biotherapy with interferon activated macrophages stimulate cell-mediated antitumoral activity, increase survival rates and reduce incidence of Walker-256 carcinosarcoma in rat model.

  14. Treatment of oral fungal infections using antimicrobial photodynamic therapy: a systematic review of currently available evidence.

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    Javed, Fawad; Samaranayake, Lakshman P; Romanos, Georgios E

    2014-05-01

    The aim was to review the efficacy of antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (PDT) in the treatment of oral fungal infections. To address the focused question "Should PDT be considered a possible treatment regimen for oral fungal infections?" PubMed/Medline and Google-Scholar databases were searched from 1997 up to March 2014 using various combinations of the following key words: "Candida albicans"; "Candidiasis"; "Candidosis"; "denture stomatitis"; "oral" and "photodynamic therapy". Original studies, experimental studies and articles published solely in English language were sought. Letters to the editor, historic reviews and unpublished data were excluded. Pattern of the present literature review was customized to mainly summarize the pertinent information. Fifteen studies (3 clinical and 12 experimental) were included. All studies reported antimicrobial PDT to be an effective antifungal treatment strategy. One study reported PDT and azole therapy to be equally effective in the treatment of oral fungal infections. Methylene blue, toluidine blue and porphyrin derivative were the most commonly used photosensitizers. The laser wavelengths and power output ranged between ?455 nm-660 nm and 30 mW-400 mW. The energy fluence ranged between 26-245 J cm(-2) and the duration or irradiation ranged between 10 seconds and 26 minutes. Clinical effectiveness of antimicrobial PDT as a potent therapeutic strategy for oral fungal infections requires further investigations. PMID:24686309

  15. Clinical assessment of the efficacy of photodynamic therapy in the treatment of oral lichen planus.

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    Sobaniec, Stefan; Bernaczyk, Piotr; Pietruski, Jan; Cholewa, Magdalena; Skurska, Anna; Doli?ska, Ewa; Duraj, Ewa; Tokajuk, Gra?yna; Paniczko, Agnieszka; Olszewska, Ewa; Pietruska, Ma?gorzata

    2013-01-01

    The study objective was clinical assessment of the efficacy of photodynamic therapy (PDT) in the treatment of oral lichen planus (OLP). There were 23 patients aged 31-82 included in the study with oral lichen planus diagnosed clinically and histopathologically. In all patients photodynamic therapy was performed with the use of chlorin e6 (Photolon(®)), containing 20 % chlorin e6 and 10 % dimethyl sulfoxide as a photosensitizer. PDT was performed using a semiconductor laser, with power up to 300 mW and a wavelength of 660 nm. A series of illumination sessions was conducted with the use of superficial light energy density of 90 J/cm(2). Changes of lesion size were monitored at one, two, five, and ten PDT appointments from the series of ten according to the authors' own method. The sizes of clinical OLP lesions exposed to PDT were reduced significantly (on average by 55 %). The best effects were observed for the lesions on the lining mucosa (57.6 %). The therapy was statistically significantly less effective when masticatory mucosa was affected (reduction, 30.0 %). Due to substantial efficacy and noninvasiveness, PDT can be useful in the treatment of OLP lesions. PMID:22814895

  16. Adjuvant Chemoradiation Therapy After Pancreaticoduodenectomy in Elderly Patients With Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma

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    Horowitz, David P.; Hsu, Charles C.; Wang Jingya; Makary, Martin A.; Winter, Jordan M.; Robinson, Ray; Schulick, Richard D.; Cameron, John L.; Pawlik, Timothy M.; Herman, Joseph M.

    2011-08-01

    Purpose: To evaluate the efficacy of adjuvant chemoradiation therapy (CRT) for pancreatic adenocarcinoma patients {>=}75 years of age. Methods: The study group of 655 patients underwent pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) for pancreatic adenocarcinoma at the Johns Hopkins Hospital over a 12-year period (8/30/1993 to 2/28/2005). Demographic characteristics, comorbidities, intraoperative data, pathology data, and patient outcomes were collected and analyzed by adjuvant treatment status and age {>=}75 years. Cox proportional hazards analysis determined clinical predictors of mortality and morbidity. Results: We identified 166 of 655 (25.3%) patients were {>=}75 years of age and 489 of 655 patients (74.7%) were <75 years of age. Forty-nine patients in the elderly group (29.5%) received adjuvant CRT. For elderly patients, node-positive metastases (p = 0.008), poor/anaplastic differentiation (p = 0.012), and undergoing a total pancreatectomy (p = 0.010) predicted poor survival. The 2-year survival for elderly patients receiving adjuvant therapy was improved compared with surgery alone (49.0% vs. 31.6%, p = 0.013); however, 5-year survival was similar (11.7% vs. 19.8%, respectively, p = 0.310). After adjusting for major confounders, adjuvant therapy in elderly patients had a protective effect with respect to 2-year survival (relative risk [RR] 0.58, p = 0.044), but not 5-year survival (RR 0.80, p = 0.258). Among the nonelderly, CRT was significantly associated with 2-year survival (RR 0.60, p < 0.001) and 5-year survival (RR 0.69, p < 0.001), after adjusting for confounders. Conclusions: Adjuvant therapy after PD is significantly associated with increased 2-year but not 5-year survival in elderly patients. Additional studies are needed to select which elderly patients are likely to benefit from adjuvant CRT.

  17. Adjuvant Hormonal Therapy Use Among Women with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ

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    Livaudais, Jennifer C.; Hwang, E. Shelley; Karliner, Leah; Nápoles, Anna; Stewart, Susan; Bloom, Joan

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Objective In the absence of consistent guidelines for the use of adjuvant hormonal therapy (HT) in treating ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), our purpose was to explore a variety of factors associated with discussion, use, and discontinuation of this therapy for DCIS, including patient, tumor, and treatment-related characteristics and physician-patient communication factors. Methods We identified women from eight California Cancer Registry regions diagnosed with DCIS from 2002 through 2005, aged ?18 years, of Latina or non-Latina white race/ethnicity. A total of 744 women were interviewed an average of 24 months postdiagnosis about whether they had (1) discussed with a physician, (2) used, and (3) discontinued adjuvant HT. Results Although 83% of women discussed adjuvant HT with a physician, 47% used adjuvant HT, and 23% of users reported discontinuation by a median of 11 months. In multivariable adjusted analyses, Latina Spanish speakers were less likely than white women to discuss therapy (odds ratio [OR] 0.36, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.18-0.69) and more likely to discontinue therapy (OR 2.67, 95% CI 1.05-6.81). Seeing an oncologist for follow-up care was associated with discussion (OR 5.10, 95% CI 3.14-8.28) and use of therapy (OR 4.20, 95% CI 2.05-8.61). Similarly, physician recommendation that treatment was necessary vs. optional was positively associated with use (OR 11.2, 95% CI 6.50-19.4) and inversely associated with discontinuation (OR 0.38, 95% CI 0.19-0.73). Conclusions Physician recommendation is an important factor associated with use and discontinuation of adjuvant HT for DCIS. Differences in discussion and discontinuation of therapy according to patient characteristics, particularly ethnicity/language, suggest challenges to physician-patient communication about adjuvant HT across a language barrier. PMID:21902542

  18. [The usefulness of neo- and adjuvant therapy in the treatment of cutaneous melanoma].

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    Dzhabarov, F R; Rozenko, L Ia; Pozdniakova, V V; Nepomniashchaia, E M

    2011-01-01

    One hundred-thirty seven patients with recurrences and metastases of skin melanoma (stage II-III) were divided into four groups in a retrospective study. In group I, there was no adjuvant therapy (47); it was given for 35 +/- 5 days after surgery in group II (31); for 1-2 days after surgery in group III (31). In group IV, neoadjuvant therapy (NAT) was administered by way of preparing for surgery and adjuvant therapy (41). During both procedures, standard CVD regime of cytostatics pre-incubated in patients' autoblood was used: it involved distant gamma-therapy with single focal dose of 3Gy-total dose of 40 isoGy per primary focus and areas of regional metastasizing spread. The rate and nature of tumor progression being similar, signs of skin melanoma generalization correlated with terms of adjuvant therapy administration: in group I, cell dissemination was detected after 8.7 +/- 2.3 months; group II - 9.5 +/- 1.5 months; group III - 18 +/- 3.1 months (p < or = 0.05 groups I and II); group IV - 28 +/- 2.3 months (p < or = 0.05 for all groups), respectively. Use of NAT and urgent adjuvant therapy is expedient at advanced stages of skin melanoma. PMID:22191247

  19. In vivo selective cancer-tracking gadolinium eradicator as new-generation photodynamic therapy agent

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    Zhang, Tao; Lan, Rongfeng; Chan, Chi-Fai; Law, Ga-Lai; Wong, Wai-Kwok; Wong, Ka-Leung

    2014-01-01

    In this work, we demonstrate a modality of photodynamic therapy (PDT) through the design of our truly dual-functional—PDT and imaging—gadolinium complex (Gd-N), which can target cancer cells specifically. In the light of our design, the PDT drug can specifically localize on the anionic cell membrane of cancer cells in which its laser-excited photoemission signal can be monitored without triggering the phototoxic generation of reactive oxygen species—singlet oxygen—before due excitation. Comprehensive in vitro and in vivo studies had been conducted for the substantiation of the effectiveness of Gd-N as such a tumor-selective PDT photosensitizer. This treatment modality does initiate a new direction in the development of “precision medicine” in line with stem cell and gene therapies as tools in cancer therapy. PMID:25453097

  20. Combining magnetic hyperthermia and photodynamic therapy for tumor ablation with photoresponsive magnetic liposomes.

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    Di Corato, Riccardo; Béalle, Gaëlle; Kolosnjaj-Tabi, Jelena; Espinosa, Ana; Clément, Olivier; Silva, Amanda K A; Ménager, Christine; Wilhelm, Claire

    2015-03-24

    The ongoing nanotech revolution has the potential to transform diagnostic and therapeutic methods. Stimuli-triggered nanotherapies based on remotely activated agents have become attractive alternatives to conventional chemotherapy. Herein, we designed an optimized smart nanoplatform based on dually loaded hybrid liposomes to achieve enhanced tumor therapy. The aqueous core was highly loaded with iron oxide nanoparticles, while the lipid bilayer was supplied with a photosensitizer payload. The double cargo translated into double functionality: generation of singlet oxygen under laser excitation and heat production under alternating magnetic field stimulation, coupling photodynamic therapy (PDT) to magnetic hyperthermia (MHT). These liposomes address both therapeutic agents within tumor cells, and the combined PDT/MHT therapy resulted in complete cancer cell death in vitro while total solid-tumor ablation was achieved in an in vivo rodent model. PMID:25695371

  1. Virus Capsids as Targeted Nanoscale Delivery Vessels of Photoactive Compounds for Site-Specific Photodynamic Therapy

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    Cohen, Brian A.

    The research presented in this work details the use of a viral capsid as an addressable delivery vessel of photoactive compounds for use in photodynamic therapy. Photodynamic therapy is a treatment that involves the interaction of light with a photosensitizing molecule to create singlet oxygen, a reactive oxygen species. Overproduction of singlet oxygen in cells can cause oxidative damage leading to cytotoxicity and eventually cell death. Challenges with the current generation of FDA-approved photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy primarily stem from their lack of tissue specificity. This work describes the packaging of photoactive cationic porphyrins inside the MS2 bacteriophage capsid, followed by external modification of the capsid with cancer cell-targeting G-quadruplex DNA aptamers to generate a tumor-specific photosensitizing agent. First, a cationic porphyrin is loaded into the capsids via nucleotide-driven packaging, a process that involves charge interaction between the porphyrin and the RNA inside the capsid. Results show that over 250 porphyrin molecules associate with the RNA within each MS2 capsid. Removal of RNA from the capsid severely inhibits the packaging of the cationic porphyrins. Porphyrin-virus constructs were then shown to photogenerate singlet oxygen, and cytotoxicity in non-targeted photodynamic treatment experiments. Next, each porphyrin-loaded capsid is externally modified with approximately 60 targeting DNA aptamers by employing a heterobifunctional crosslinking agent. The targeting aptamer is known to bind the protein nucleolin, a ubiquitous protein that is overexpressed on the cell surface by many cancer cell types. MCF-7 human breast carcinoma cells and MCF-10A human mammary epithelial cells were selected as an in vitro model for breast cancer and normal tissue, respectively. Fluorescently tagged virus-aptamer constructs are shown to selectively target MCF-7 cells versus MCF-10A cells. Finally, results are shown in which porphyrin-virus-aptamer constructs selectively target and kill cancer cells versus non-cancer cells. Specifically, the results show that MS2 is a viable candidate as an addressable nanodelivery vessel of photoactive compounds, and the implications are that the nucleotide-driven packaging approach for modifying MS2 can be used to impart new functionalities for a host of diagnostic or therapeutic applications.

  2. Barrett's esophagus: photodynamic therapy for ablation of dysplasia, reduction of specialized mucosa and treatment of superficial esophageal cancer

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    Overholt, Bergein F.; Panjehpour, Masoud

    1995-03-01

    Fifteen patients with Barrett's esophagus and dysplasia were treated with photodynamic therapy. Four patients also had early, superficial esophageal cancers and 5 had esophageal polyps. Light was delivered via a standard diffuser or a centering esophageal balloon. Eight patients maintained on omeprazole and followed for 6 - 54 months are the subject of this report. Photodynamic therapy ablated dysplastic or malignant mucosa in patients with superficial cancer. Healing and partial replacement of Barrett's mucosa with normal squamous epithelium occurred in all patients and complete replacement with squamous epithelium was found in two. Side effects included photosensitivity and mild-moderate chest pain and dysphagia for 5 - 7 days. In three patients with extensive circumferential mucosal ablation in the proximal esophagus, healing was associated with esophageal strictures which were treated successfully by esophageal dilation. Strictures were not found in the distal esophagus. Photodynamic therapy combined with long-term acid inhibition provides effective endoscopic therapy of Barrett's mucosal dysplasia and superficial (Tis-T1) esophageal cancer. The windowed centering balloon improves delivery of photodynamic therapy to diffusely abnormal esophageal mucosa.

  3. NIR photoregulated chemo- and photodynamic cancer therapy based on conjugated polyelectrolyte-drug conjugate encapsulated upconversion nanoparticles

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    Yuan, Youyong; Min, Yuanzeng; Hu, Qinglian; Xing, Bengang; Liu, Bin

    2014-09-01

    The design of nanoplatforms with target recognition and near-infrared (NIR) laser photoregulated chemo- and photodynamic therapy is highly desirable but remains challenging. In this work, we have developed such a system by taking advantage of a conjugated polyelectrolyte (CPE)-drug conjugate and upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs). The poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) grafted CPE not only serves as a polymer matrix for UCNP encapsulation, but also as a fluorescent imaging agent, a photosensitizer as well as a carrier for chemotherapeutic drug doxorubicin (DOX) through a UV-cleavable ortho-nitrobenzyl (NB) linker. Upon 980 nm laser irradiation, the UCNPs emit UV and visible light. The up-converted UV light is utilized for controlled drug release through the photocleavage of the ortho-nitrobenzyl linker, while the up-converted visible light is used to initiate the polymer photosensitizer to produce reactive oxygen species (ROS) for photodynamic therapy. The NIR photo-regulated UCNP@CPE-DOX showed high efficiency of ROS generation and controlled drug release in cancer cells upon single laser irradiation. In addition, the combination therapy showed enhanced inhibition of U87-MG cell growth as compared to sole treatments. As two light sources with different wavelengths are always needed for traditional photodynamic therapy and photoregulated drug release, the adoption of UCNPs as an NIR light switch is highly beneficial to combined chemo- and photodynamic therapy with enhanced therapeutic effects.

  4. Generation of an effective anti-lung cancer vaccine by DTPP-mediated photodynamic therapy and mechanistic studies.

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    Zheng, Liqing; Li, Yingxin; Cui, Yuxiao; Yin, Huijuan; Liu, Tianjun; Yu, Guoqiang; Lv, Feng; Yang, Jichun

    2013-09-01

    The objective of this study was to generate an effective vaccine against lung cancer using photosensitizing drug-mediated photodynamic therapy (PDT) and to study the mechanism. The efficiency of a photosensitizing drug (DTPP) was investigated by singlet oxygen yield determination, killing effect analysis, and cell apoptosis induction effect assessment. DTPP-based PDT tumor cell lysates and cell surface antigens obtained from acid-eluted adherent cells were then used as vaccines to prevent lung cancer using LA795 murine lung cells. The optimal protocol for PDT vaccine preparation was selected based on the tumor growth retardation effect of the vaccines, DTPP concentration, illumination dose, and numbers of DTPP-based PDT cells. To study the mechanism of the anti-tumor effect of vaccines, host anti-tumor immune responses were studied, including CD4(+)/CD8(+) ratios and percentage of NK cells and serum cytokine levels. A comparison of cytokine (IFN-? and IL-1) secretion from splenocytes and tumor pathologic features from mice immunized with vaccines were compared with controls and showed that the optimal protocol for PDT vaccine preparation was LA795 cells exposed to 10 ?g/ml DTPP photosensitizer for 24 h, illuminated with 7.2 J/cm(2) at 20 mW/cm(2) (630 nm) and 2?×?10(7) PDT cell lysates injected per mouse. DTPP-based PDT cell lysate vaccination had a significant inhibitory effect on tumor growth based on increased CD4(+)/CD8(+) ratios, NK cell percentages, elevated serum IFN-? and IL-1 levels, and lymphocyte aggregation at the edge of tumors. Thus, DTPP-based PDT can induce LA795 cell apoptosis that can generate anti-tumor effects without use of an adjuvant. PMID:23455655

  5. Antitumor effects evaluation of a novel porphyrin derivative in photodynamic therapy.

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    Li, Jian-Wei; Wu, Zhong-Ming; Magetic, Davor; Zhang, Li-Jun; Chen, Zhi-Long

    2015-12-01

    In this paper, the antitumor activity of a novel porphyrin-based photosensitizer 5,10,15,20-tetrakis[(5-diethylamino)pentyl] porphyrin (TDPP) was reported in vitro and in vivo. The photophysical and cellular properties of TDPP were investigated. The singlet oxygen generation quantum yield of TDPP was detected; it showed a high singlet oxygen quantum yield of 0.52. The intracellular distribution of photosensitizer was detected with laser scanning confocal microscopy. The efficiency of TDPP-photodynamic therapy (PDT) in vitro was analyzed by 3-(4,5-dimethyl-2-thiazolyl)-2,5-diphenyl-2H-tetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay and in situ trypan blue exclusion test. Treated with a 630-nm laser, TDPP can kill cultured human esophageal cancer cell line (Eca-109) cells and reduce the growth of Eca-109 xenograft tumors significantly in BABL/c nude mice. And histopathological study was also used to confirm the antitumor effect. It has the perspective to be developed as a new antitumor drug in photodynamic therapy and deserves further investigation. PMID:26152290

  6. Amplified Singlet Oxygen Generation in Semiconductor Polymer Dots for Photodynamic Cancer Therapy.

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    Li, Shouying; Chang, Kaiwen; Sun, Kai; Tang, Ying; Cui, Ni; Wang, Yu; Qin, Weiping; Xu, Hong; Wu, Changfeng

    2016-02-17

    This paper described the energy-transfer amplified singlet oxygen generation in semiconductor polymer dots (Pdots) for in vitro and in vivo photodynamic therapy. Hydrophobic photosensitizer tetraphenylporphyrin was facilely doped in the nanoparticles consisting of densely packed semiconductor polymers. Optical characterizations indicated that the fluorescence of Pdots was completely quenched by the photosensitizer, yielding an energy transfer efficiency of nearly 100% and singlet-oxygen generation quantum yield of ?50%. We evaluated the cellular uptake, dark toxicity, and photodynamic therapy of the Pdot photosensizer in human gastric adenocarcinoma cells. The in vitro studies indicated that cancer cells were efficiently destroyed at very low dose of the Pdots such as 1 ?g/mL by using the light dose of 90 J/cm(2), which is considerably less than that in clinical practice. The antitumor effect of the Pdots was further evaluated in vivo with human gastric adenocarcinoma xenografts in Balb/c nude mice, which show that the xenograft tumors were significantly inhibited and eradicated in some cases. Our results indicate the energy transfer amplified Pdot platforms have great therapeutic potential for treating malignant cancers. PMID:26492203

  7. Antimicrobial photodynamic therapy with two photosensitizers on two oral streptococci: an in vitro study

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    Vahabi, S.; Fekrazad, R.; Ayremlou, S.; Taheri, S.; Lizarelli, R. F. Z.; Kalhori, K. A. M.

    2011-12-01

    Periodontal diseases are caused by infection of tissues supporting the teeth due to complex aggregate of bacteria known as biofilm and firstly colonized by streptococci. The aim of this in vitro study was to evaluate the effect of Radachlorin® and Toluidine Blue O (TBO)-mediated photodynamic therapy (PDT) on the viability of two oral streptococci. Bacterial suspensions of Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sanguis were subjected to either TBO or Radachlorin®, Then exposed to two different diode laser light at energy densities of 3, 6 J/cm2 at 633 nm and 6, 12 J/cm2 at 662 nm, respectively. The control groups were subjected to laser light alone, photosensitizer alone or received neither photosensitizer nor light exposure. The suspensions were then spread over specific agar mediums and viable microorganisms were counted after overnight incubation aerobically at 37°C, 5% CO2 and then reported as colony forming unit. The results indicated that photosensitization by the energy density of 6 J/cm2 with Radachlorin® and both 3 and 6 J/cm2 with TBO caused significant reduction in bacterial colony formation ( p < 0.05). Radachlorin® and TBO-mediated photodynamic therapy seem to show excellent potential in significantly killing of two oral streptococci in vitro.

  8. Preclinical evaluation of 5-aminolevulinic acid-based photodynamic therapy for canine transitional cell carcinoma.

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    Lucroy, M D; Ridgway, T D; Peavy, G M; Krasieva, T B; Higbee, R G; Campbell, G A; Blaik, M A

    2003-06-01

    As a prelude to photodynamic therapy, 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) was given orally to healthy dogs. ALA-induced protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) fluorescence significantly increased in the mucosa of the urinary bladder in an ALA dose-dependent fashion. Vomiting occurred after ALA administration in 70% of the dogs but did not affect PpIX fluorescence. ALA-based photodynamic therapy (PDT) of the urinary bladder in healthy dogs caused only submucosal oedema within the bladder wall. No haematologic or serum biochemistry abnormalities were observed after ALA administration. Microscopic haematuria was observed in all the dogs after PDT but was mild and self limiting. ALA-based PDT was administered to six dogs with transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) of the lower urinary tract. ALA-based PDT resulted in tumour progression-free intervals from 4 to 34 weeks in five dogs; one dog with pre-existing hydronephrosis died shortly after PDT. Dogs with TCC represent an outbred, spontaneous, tumour model for developing PDT protocols for humans with bladder cancer. PMID:19379319

  9. Non-coherent light for photodynamic therapy of superficial tumours in animals.

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    Reeds, K B; Ridgway, T D; Higbee, R G; Lucroy, M D

    2004-09-01

    Cultured 9L cells were incubated with varying concentrations of pheophorbide-a-hexyl ether (HPPH) and then exposed to 665-nm red light from a non-coherent light source or a dye laser. Cell death was produced by both light sources, with the non-coherent light being most effective at the highest HPPH concentrations. To assess the feasibility of using the non-coherent light source for clinical photodynamic therapy (PDT), four dogs and three cats presenting with spontaneous superficial tumours were injected intravenously with 0.15 mg kg(-1) of HPPH, 1 h before their tumours were irradiated with 665-nm non-coherent light (50 mW cm(-2), 100 J cm(-2)). Of the nine tumours treated, there were eight complete responses, all occurring in animals with squamous cell carcinoma. After 68 weeks of follow-up, the median initial disease-free interval had not been reached. These data suggest that non-coherent light sources may be efficacious for photodynamic therapy of spontaneous superficial tumours in animals, representing a cost-effective alternative to medical lasers in both veterinary and human oncology. PMID:19379303

  10. Photodynamic therapy for prostate cancer--a review of current status and future promise.

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    Moore, Caroline M; Pendse, Doug; Emberton, Mark

    2009-01-01

    Debate is ongoing about the treatment of organ-confined prostate cancer, particularly in men who have low-risk disease detected by PSA screening. A balance is needed between the harms and benefits of treatment. New techniques are being developed that aim to offer similar treatment effects to current radical therapies, while reducing the associated harmful effects of these treatments. In this Review, we explore the potential of one such technique, photodynamic therapy (PDT), for the treatment of organ-confined prostate cancer. PDT uses a photosensitizing drug that is activated in the prostate by low-power laser light, delivered using optical fibers. The fibers are placed within needles in the prostate, guided by transrectal ultrasound and a perineal template. Following the activation of the photosensitizer by light, and the formation of reactive oxygen species, necrosis occurs at the site of interaction between the photosensitizer, light and oxygen. Clinical studies are underway to investigate the use of PDT for primary and salvage treatment of organ-confined prostate cancer. We review these studies, the potential strategies for enhanced photodynamic effects, and the current limitations of PDT for prostate cancer. PMID:19132003

  11. Results of photodynamic therapy in the combined treatment of choroidal metastasis

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    Likhvantseva, Vera G.; Osipova, Ekaterina V.; Petrenko, Mikhail V.; Merzlyakova, Oksana Y.; Kuzmin, Sergey G.; Vorozhtsov, Georgy N.

    2007-07-01

    Choroidal metastasis (CM) are more and more spreading type of eye's neoplasma. The frequency of CM is increasing with prolonging of cancer patients' life. And it makes worse the quality of their life because blindness. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is very delicate modality, which can be used for this purpose. The aim of this work was to open the possibility and to determine the efficacy of photodynamic therapy (PDT) in the treatment of patients with CM. PDT was performed simultaneously with standard chemotherapy in 8 oncological patients with CM. We used photosensitizer Photosens in doses of 0.3 mg/kg and light doses 150 J/cm2 (675 nm). PDT was performed in the some stances. Its are ranged from 7 to 10. Complete tumor regression was achieved in 6 cases. The high retina ablation was developed in one case. And in one case effect was not complete: tumor size reduced from 5 mm to 3 mm of thickness. We didn't notice any recurrence for 6-18 months follow-up. PDT is modality that could to be used in the in the combined treatment of the CM.

  12. Study of the efficacy of 5-ALA mediated photodynamic therapy on human rhabdomyosarcoma cell line (RD)

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    Atif, M.; Fakhar-e-Alam, M.; Firdous, S.; Zaidi, S. S. Z.; Suleman, R.; Ikram, M.

    2010-10-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the mechanism of cell death by photodynamic therapy (PDT) in the Rhabdomyosarcoma (RD) cell line. The present study evaluates the effects of photodynamic therapy (PDT) with 5-ALA as photosensitizer using human muscle cancer cells as experimental model. We study the photosensitizer uptake, cytotoxicity, phototoxicity, and cellular viability of the RD cells which was estimated by means of neutral-red spectrophotometric assay. The given experiment was consisted of two steps. For the first one, RD cells were exposed to 5-ALA at concentrations of 0 up to 1000 ?g of ALA/ml in minimum essential medium (MEM). The optimal uptake of photosensitizer (5-ALA) in RD cells was investigated by means of spectrometric measurements. Cells viability was determined by means of neutral red assay (NRA). In the second step, 5-ALA exposed RD cells were irradiated with red light (a diode laser, ? = 635 nm) at total light dose of 80 J/cm2. The influence of different incubation times and concentrations of 5-ALA, different irradiation doses and various combinations of photosensitizer and light doses on the viability of RD cells were investigated. It was observed that sensitizer concentration or light doses have no significant effect on cells viability when studied independently. The maximal cellular uptake occurred after 47 hours in vitro incubation. The phototoxic assay showed that ALA-PDT induced killing of 76% of the cells at 250 ?g/ml drug dose and 80 J/cm2 light dose.

  13. Histological Evaluation of Wound Healing Process after Photodynamic Therapy of Rat Oral Mucosal Ulcer

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    Deyhimi, Parviz; Khademi, Heidar; Birang, Reza; Akhoondzadeh, Mohammad

    2016-01-01

    Statement of the Problem When the body defense is compromised, wounds can act as a route for entrance and colonization of microorganisms in the body. Photodynamic therapy with methylene blue is known as a promising antimicrobial modality. Purpose The present study aimed to investigate the effects of this procedure on wound healing processes. Materials and Method In this experimental study, 48 male Wistar rats were recruited. Experimental wounds were surgically made on their buccal mucosa. Based on the treatment modality, they were divided into 3 groups (n=16) of control (CG), laser (LG), photosensitizer+ laser (PLG) by methylene blue (MB). The treatment procedure in the two latter groups was done in days 1-4 and 6-9. After sacrificing on 2, 4, 7 and 14-day follow-ups, the microscopic grade of healing of the wounds was assigned on each interval according to histological grading criteria. Results A qualitative result was obtained that showed a healing progression in PLG at day 2 of follow-up. At day 4 of follow-up, no difference was seen in healing stage among the groups. However on day 7 of follow-up, samples of the LG showed a lower degree of healing compared with the other two groups. Likewise, on day 14 of follow- up, both PLG and LG showed lower degree of healing than CG. Conclusion This study qualitatively showed that MB- mediated photodynamic therapy would have an inhibitory effect on healing process after 14 days of the wound creation. PMID:26966708

  14. Zinc(II) phthalocyanine loaded PLGA nanoparticles for photodynamic therapy use.

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    Ricci-Júnior, Eduardo; Marchetti, Juliana Maldonado

    2006-03-01

    Sophisticated delivery systems, such as nanoparticles, represent a growing area in biomedical research. Nanoparticles (Np) were prepared using a solvent emulsion evaporation method (SEEM) to load zinc(II) phthalocyanine (ZnPc). Np were obtained using poly (D,L latic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA). ZnPc is a second generation of photoactive agents used in photodynamic therapy. ZnPc loaded PLGA nanoparticles were prepared by SEEM, characterized and available in cellular culture. The process yield and encapsulation efficiency were 80 and 70%, respectively. The nanoparticles have a mean diameter of 285 nm, a narrow size distribution with polydispersive index of 0.12, smooth surface and spherical shape. ZnPc loaded nanoparticles maintains its photophysical behavior after encapsulation. Photosensitizer release from nanoparticles was sustained with a moderate and burst effect of 15% for 3 days. The photocytotoxicity of ZnPc loaded PLGA Np was evaluated on P388-D1 cells what were incubated with ZnPc loaded Np (5 microM) by 6h and exposed to red light (675 nm) for 120 s, and light dose of 30 J/cm(2). After 24h of incubation, the cellular viability was determined, obtaining 61% of cellular death. All the physical-chemical, photophysical and photobiological measurements performed allow us conclude that ZnPc loaded PLGA nanoparticles is a promising drug delivery system for photodynamic therapy. PMID:16442755

  15. Enhancing targeted tumor treatment by near IR light-activatable photodynamic-photothermal synergistic therapy.

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    Fan, Zhen; Dai, Xuemei; Lu, Yuefeng; Yu, Eugene; Brahmbatt, Nupur; Carter, NaTasha; Tchouwou, Christine; Singh, Anant Kumar; Jones, Yolanda; Yu, Hongtao; Ray, Paresh Chandra

    2014-04-01

    For several decades, cancer has been one of the most life-threatening diseases. For enhancing anticancer efficiency with minimum side effects, combination therapy is envisioned. The current manuscript reports for the first time the development of a methylene blue (MB) bound nanoplatform, which is capable of delivering targeted diagnostic and combined synergistic photothermal and photodynamic treatment of cancer. Experimental data found that, once the nanoparticle binds with the target cell surface, it can detect LNCaP human prostate cancer cell selectively using fluorescence imaging. Our result shows that the therapeutic actions can be controlled with external NIR light. No cytotoxicity was observed in the absence of NIR light. Targeted photodynamic and photothermal treatment using 785 nm NIR light indicates that the multimodal treatment enhances the possibility of destroying LNCaP prostate cancer cells in vitro dramatically. We discuss the operating principle for the targeted imaging and possible mechanisms for combined therapeutic actions. Our experimental data show that NIR light activated combined therapy for cancer may become a highly effective treatment procedure in clinical settings. PMID:24568338

  16. Integral photodynamic therapy of bladder cancer using 5-ALA and white light

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    Baumgartner, Reinhold; Waidelich, Raphaela; Beyer, Wolfgang; Stepp, Herbert G.; Knuechel-Clarke, Ruth; Hofstetter, Alfons

    2005-04-01

    We report on clinical experiences with photodynamic therapy in patients with recurrent, multifocal superficial transitional cell carcinoma of the urinary bladder. PDT is performed by intravesically applied 5-aminolevulinic acid and a Xe arc lamp as a light source delivering more than 5 Watt white light for activation of 5-ALA induced Protoporphyrin IX. For whole bladder wall irradiation a special irrigation catheter system has been developed. Based on that technology we determined whether this treatment modality was effective in destroying urothelial carcinoma and preventing recurrent disease. The study should help defining the optimal target group of patients and is considered as basis for a long term and multicenter clinical trial. The initial clinical results indicate that white light photodynamic therapy with 5-ALA is an effective organ-preserving procedure for treating multifocal superficial transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder, even in patients with refractory urothelial carcinoma and is effective in selectively destroying flat neoplastic lesions like carcinoma in situ. None of the patients showed phototoxic skin reactions or loss of bladder capacity.

  17. Nanotechnology-Based Drug Delivery Systems for Photodynamic Therapy of Cancer: A Review.

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    Calixto, Giovana Maria Fioramonti; Bernegossi, Jéssica; de Freitas, Laura Marise; Fontana, Carla Raquel; Chorilli, Marlus

    2016-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a promising alternative approach for improved cancer treatment. In PDT, a photosensitizer (PS) is administered that can be activated by light of a specific wavelength, which causes selective damage to the tumor and its surrounding vasculature. The success of PDT is limited by the difficulty in administering photosensitizers (PSs) with low water solubility, which compromises the clinical use of several molecules. Incorporation of PSs in nanostructured drug delivery systems, such as polymeric nanoparticles (PNPs), solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs), nanostructured lipid carriers (NLCs), gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), hydrogels, liposomes, liquid crystals, dendrimers, and cyclodextrin is a potential strategy to overcome this difficulty. Additionally, nanotechnology-based drug delivery systems may improve the transcytosis of a PS across epithelial and endothelial barriers and afford the simultaneous co-delivery of two or more drugs. Based on this, the application of nanotechnology in medicine may offer numerous exciting possibilities in cancer treatment and improve the efficacy of available therapeutics. Therefore, the aim of this paper is to review nanotechnology-based drug delivery systems for photodynamic therapy of cancer. PMID:26978341

  18. System for interstitial photodynamic therapy with online dosimetry: first clinical experiences of prostate cancer

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    Swartling, Johannes; Axelsson, Johan; Ahlgren, Göran; Kälkner, Karl Mikael; Nilsson, Sten; Svanberg, Sune; Svanberg, Katarina; Andersson-Engels, Stefan

    2010-09-01

    The first results from a clinical study for Temoporfin-mediated photodynamic therapy (PDT) of low-grade (T1c) primary prostate cancer using online dosimetry are presented. Dosimetric feedback in real time was applied, for the first time to our knowledge, in interstitial photodynamic therapy. The dosimetry software IDOSE provided dose plans, including optical fiber positions and light doses based on 3-D tissue models generated from ultrasound images. Tissue optical property measurements were obtained using the same fibers used for light delivery. Measurements were taken before, during, and after the treatment session. On the basis of these real-time measured optical properties, the light-dose plan was recalculated. The aim of the treatment was to ablate the entire prostate while minimizing exposure to surrounding organs. The results indicate that online dosimetry based on real-time tissue optical property measurements enabled the light dose to be adapted and optimized. However, histopathological analysis of tissue biopsies taken six months post-PDT treatment showed there were still residual viable cancer cells present in the prostate tissue sections. The authors propose that the incomplete treatment of the prostate tissue could be due to a too low light threshold dose, which was set to 5 J/cm2.

  19. Sulfonated aluminum phthalocyanines for two-photon photodynamic cancer therapy: the effect of the excitation wavelength

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    Wang, J.; Li, W.; Yu, H. B.; Cheung, N. H.; Chen, J. Y.

    2014-03-01

    Sulfonated aluminum phthalocyanine (AlPcS) is a well-studied photosensitizer which has been widely used in research and in clinical applications of the photodynamic therapy of cancers. Conventionally, one-photon excitation was used, but it was unknown whether two-photon excitation of AlPcS was equally effective. In this study, the two-photon absorption cross sections of AlPcS at near infrared wavelengths were deduced from femtosecond (fs) laser-induced fluorescence. We found that the two-photon absorption cross section of AlPcS was strongly dependent on the excitation wavelength. It was about 19 GM when excited at 800 nm, but grew to 855 GM when excited at 750 nm. The 750 nm fs-laser-induced fluorescence images of AlPcS in human nasopharyngeal carcinoma cells were clearly visible while the corresponding images were very dim when excited at 800 nm. Singlet oxygen production was 13 times higher when excited at 750 nm relative to 800 nm. Our subsequent in vitro experiments showed that 750 nm two-photon excitation with an unfocused fs laser beam damaged cancer cells in a light-dose-dependent manner typical of photodynamic therapy (PDT). The killing at 750 nm was about 9-10 times more efficient than at 800 nm. These results demonstrated for the first time that AlPcS has good potential for two-photon PDT of cancers.

  20. Adjuvant Radiation Therapy Treatment Time Impacts Overall Survival in Gastric Cancer

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    McMillan, Matthew T.; Ojerholm, Eric; Roses, Robert E.; Plastaras, John P.; Metz, James M.; Mamtani, Ronac; Stripp, Diana; Ben-Josef, Edgar; Datta, Jashodeep

    2015-10-01

    Purpose: Prolonged radiation therapy treatment time (RTT) is associated with worse survival in several tumor types. This study investigated whether delays during adjuvant radiation therapy impact overall survival (OS) in gastric cancer. Methods and Materials: The National Cancer Data Base was queried for patients with resected gastric cancer who received adjuvant radiation therapy with National Comprehensive Cancer Network–recommended doses (45 or 50.4 Gy) between 1998 and 2006. RTT was classified as standard (45 Gy: 33-36 days, 50.4 Gy: 38-41 days) or prolonged (45 Gy: >36 days, 50.4 Gy: >41 days). Cox proportional hazards models evaluated the association between the following factors and OS: RTT, interval from surgery to radiation therapy initiation, interval from surgery to radiation therapy completion, radiation therapy dose, demographic/pathologic and operative factors, and other elements of adjuvant multimodality therapy. Results: Of 1591 patients, RTT was delayed in 732 (46%). Factors associated with prolonged RTT were non-private health insurance (OR 1.3, P=.005) and treatment at non-academic facilities (OR 1.2, P=.045). Median OS and 5-year actuarial survival were significantly worse in patients with prolonged RTT compared with standard RTT (36 vs 51 months, P=.001; 39 vs 47%, P=.005); OS worsened with each cumulative week of delay (P<.0004). On multivariable analysis, prolonged RTT was associated with inferior OS (hazard ratio 1.2, P=.002); the intervals from surgery to radiation therapy initiation or completion were not. Prolonged RTT was particularly detrimental in patients with node positivity, inadequate nodal staging (<15 nodes examined), and those undergoing a cycle of chemotherapy before chemoradiation therapy. Conclusions: Delays during adjuvant radiation therapy appear to negatively impact survival in gastric cancer. Efforts to minimize cumulative interruptions to <7 days should be considered.

  1. Changes in cell migration due to the combined effects of sonodynamic therapy and photodynamic therapy on MDA-MB-231 cells

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    Wang, Haiping; Wang, Pan; Zhang, Kun; Wang, Xiaobing; Liu, Quanhong

    2015-03-01

    Sono-photodynamic therapy is an emerging method with an increasing amount of research having demonstrated its anti-cancer efficacy. However, the impacts of cell migration ability after sono-photodynamic therapy have seldom been reported. In this study, we identified cell migration by wound healing and transwell assays. Significant inability of cell migration was observed in combined groups accompanied by the decline of cell adhesion. Cells in combined treatment groups showed serious microfilament network collapse as well as decreased expression of matrix metalloproteinases-9. These results suggested that sono-photodynamic therapy could inhibit MDA-MB-231 cell migration and that the microfilament and matrix metalloproteinases-9 disorder might be involved.

  2. Adjuvant Hormonal Therapy Use Among Insured, Low-Income Women With Breast Cancer

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    Kimmick, Gretchen; Anderson, Roger; Camacho, Fabian; Bhosle, Monali; Hwang, Wenke; Balkrishnan, Rajesh

    2009-01-01

    Purpose Use of adjuvant hormonal therapy, which significantly decreases breast cancer mortality, has not been well described among poor women, who are at higher risk of cancer-related death. Here we explore use of adjuvant hormonal therapy in an insured, low-income population. Methods A North Carolina Cancer Registry–Medicaid linked data set was used. Women with hormone receptor–positive or unknown, nonmetastatic breast cancer, diagnosed between 1998 and 2002, were included. Main outcomes were (1) prescription fill within 1 year of diagnosis, (2) adherence (medication possession ratio), and (3) persistence (absence of a 90-day gap in prescription fills over 12 months). Results The population consisted of 1,491 women (mean age, 67 years). Sixty-four percent filled prescriptions. Predictors of prescription fill included the following: older age (odds ratio [OR], 1.01; P = .017), greater number of prescription medications (OR, 1.06; P < .001), nonmarried status (OR, 1.82; P = .001), higher stage (OR, 1.83; P < .001), positive hormone receptor status (positive v unknown, OR, 1.98; P < .001), not receiving adjuvant chemotherapy (OR, 1.74; P = .001), receipt of adjuvant radiation (OR, 1.55; P = .004), and treatment in a small hospital (OR, 1.49; P = .024). Adherence and persistence rates were 60% and 80%, respectively. Nonmarried status predicted greater adherence (OR, 1.90; P = .006) and persistence (OR, 1.75; P = .031). Conclusion Prescription fill, adherence, and persistence to adjuvant hormonal therapy among socioeconomically disadvantaged women are low. Improving use of adjuvant hormonal therapy may lead to lower breast cancer–specific mortality in this population. PMID:19451445

  3. Combined chemotherapy and photodynamic therapy using a nanohybrid based on layered double hydroxides to conquer cisplatin resistance.

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    Wang, Zhigang; Ma, Rong; Yan, Li; Chen, Xianfeng; Zhu, Guangyu

    2015-07-25

    A nanohybrid is assembled by ratiometrically co-loading Pt(IV) prodrugs and photosensitizers into layered double hydroxide nanoparticles. The nanohybrid shows synergistic cell-killing effects and is significantly active against the proliferation of cisplatin-resistant human cancer cells with nanomolar IC50 values. Profound mechanistic investigations confirm its action mode of combined chemo- and photodynamic therapy. PMID:26096645

  4. A laser-spectroscopy system for fluorescent diagnostics and photodynamic therapy of diseases of eye retina and choroid

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    Meerovich, G A; Shevchik, S A; Loshchenov, M V; Budzinskaya, M V; Ermakova, N A; Kharnas, S S

    2002-11-30

    A laser-spectroscopy system for the fluorescent diagnostics and photodynamic therapy of pathologic eye-fundus changes combined with the use of the Photosens compound is developed. The system is tested on experimental animals (mice and rabbits). (laser biology and medicine)

  5. Near-infrared-absorbing gold nanopopcorns with iron oxide cluster core for magnetically amplified photothermal and photodynamic cancer therapy.

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    Bhana, Saheel; Lin, Gan; Wang, Lijia; Starring, Hunter; Mishra, Sanjay R; Liu, Gang; Huang, Xiaohua

    2015-06-01

    We present the synthesis and application of a new type of dual magnetic and plasmonic nanostructures for magnetic-field-guided drug delivery and combined photothermal and photodynamic cancer therapy. Near-infrared-absorbing gold nanopopcorns containing a self-assembled iron oxide cluster core were prepared via a seed-mediated growth method. The hybrid nanostructures are superparamagnetic and show great photothermal conversion efficiency (?=61%) under near-infrared irradiation. Compact and stable nanocomplexes for photothermal-photodynamic therapy were formed by coating the nanoparticles with near-infrared-absorbing photosensitizer silicon 2,3-naphthalocyannie dihydroxide and stabilization with poly(ethylene glycol) linked with 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid. The nanocomplex showed enhanced release and cellular uptake of the photosensitizer with the use of a gradient magnetic field. In vitro studies using two different cell lines showed that the dual mode photothermal and photodynamic therapy with the assistance of magnetic-field-guided drug delivery dramatically improved the therapeutic efficacy of cancer cells as compared to the combination treatment without using a magnetic field and the two treatments alone. The "three-in-one" nanocomplex has the potential to carry therapeutic agents deep into a tumor through magnetic manipulation and to completely eradicate tumors by subsequent photothermal and photodynamic therapies without systemic toxicity. PMID:25965727

  6. Physician beliefs and practices for adjuvant and salvage radiation therapy after prostatectomy

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    Showalter, Timothy N.; Ohri, Nitin; Teti, Kris A.; Foley, Kathleen A.; Keith, Scott W.; Trabulsi, Edouard J.; Lallas, Costas D.; Dicker, Adam P.; Hoffman-Censits, Jean; Pizzi, Laura T.; Gomella, Leonard G.

    2013-01-01

    PURPOSE Despite results of randomized trials that support adjuvant radiation therapy (RT) after radical prostatectomy (RP) for prostate cancer with adverse pathologic features (APF), many clinicians favor selective use of salvage RT. This survey was conducted to evaluate the beliefs and practices of radiation oncologists (RO) and urologists (U) regarding RT after RP. METHODS AND MATERIALS We designed a web-based survey of post-RP RT beliefs and policies. Survey invitations were e-mailed to a list of 926 RO and 591 U. APF were defined as extracapsular extension, seminal vesicle invasion, or positive surgical margin. Differences between U and RO in adjuvant RT recommendations were evaluated by comparative statistics. Multivariate analyses were performed to evaluate factors predictive of adjuvant RT recommendation. RESULTS Analyzable surveys were completed by 218 RO and 92 U (overall 20% response rate). Adjuvant RT was recommended based on APF by 68% of respondents (78% RO, 44% U, p <0.001). U were less likely than RO to agree that adjuvant RT improves survival and/or biochemical control (p < 0.0001). PSA thresholds for salvage RT were higher among U than RO (p < 0.001). Predicted rates of erectile dysfunction due to RT were higher among U than RO (p <0.001). On multivariate analysis, respondent specialty was the only predictor of adjuvant RT recommendations. CONCLUSIONS U are less likely than RO to recommend adjuvant RT. Future research efforts should focus on defining the toxicities of post-RP RT and on identifying the subgroups of patients who will benefit from adjuvant, versus selective salvage, RT. PMID:21605945

  7. Physician Beliefs and Practices for Adjuvant and Salvage Radiation Therapy After Prostatectomy

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    Showalter, Timothy N.; Ohri, Nitin; Teti, Kristopher G.; Foley, Kathleen A.; Keith, Scott W.; Trabulsi, Edouard J.; Lallas, Costas D.; Dicker, Adam P.; Hoffman-Censits, Jean; Pizzi, Laura T.; Gomella, Leonard G.

    2012-02-01

    Purpose: Despite results of randomized trials that support adjuvant radiation therapy (RT) after radical prostatectomy (RP) for prostate cancer with adverse pathologic features (APF), many clinicians favor selective use of salvage RT. This survey was conducted to evaluate the beliefs and practices of radiation oncologists (RO) and urologists (U) regarding RT after RP. Methods and Materials: We designed a Web-based survey of post-RP RT beliefs and policies. Survey invitations were e-mailed to a list of 926 RO and 591 U. APF were defined as extracapsular extension, seminal vesicle invasion, or positive surgical margin. Differences between U and RO in adjuvant RT recommendations were evaluated by comparative statistics. Multivariate analyses were performed to evaluate factors predictive of adjuvant RT recommendation. Results: Analyzable surveys were completed by 218 RO and 92 U (overallresponse rate, 20%). Adjuvant RT was recommended based on APF by 68% of respondents (78% RO, 44% U, p <0.001). U were less likely than RO to agree that adjuvant RT improves survival and/or biochemical control (p < 0.0001). PSA thresholds for salvage RT were higher among U than RO (p < 0.001). Predicted rates of erectile dysfunction due to RT were higher among U than RO (p <0.001). On multivariate analysis, respondent specialty was the only predictor of adjuvant RT recommendations. Conclusions: U are less likely than RO to recommend adjuvant RT. Future research efforts should focus on defining the toxicities of post-RP RT and on identifying the subgroups of patients who will benefit from adjuvant vs. selective salvage RT.

  8. Optimization of irradiance for photodynamic therapy of port-wine stain

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    Zhang, Feng-juan; Hu, Xiao-ming; Zhou, Ya; Li, Qin

    2015-04-01

    Controllable and effective irradiation of lesions is among the key factors that affect the potency of photodynamic therapy (PDT). An optimization method for the irradiance distribution of treatment was proposed which can be used to improve the efficacy of PDT and allow more lesions to receive the desired irradiance level in a single therapy session. With the proposed digital illumination binocular treatment system, the preferred surface normal vectors, irradiation angles, as well as area and weight coefficients of lesions can be achieved and used as characteristic parameters to optimize the irradiation direction. Two port-wine stain phantom experiments were performed. The comparison of the illumination area between preoptimization and postoptimization showed that the proposed method can effectively guide the light source control, improve the distribution of light dose, and increase the effective treatment area.

  9. Daylight photodynamic therapy with methyl-aminolevulinate for the treatment of actinic cheilitis.

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    Fai, Dario; Romanello, Eugenio; Brumana, Marta Benedetta; Fai, Carlotta; Vena, Gino Antonio; Cassano, Nicoletta; Piaserico, Stefano

    2015-11-01

    Actinic cheilitis (AC) is a common premalignant condition that requires an effective treatment to reduce the risk of malignant transformation. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has been recently added to the armamentarium available for AC treatment. Daylight PDT (D-PDT) is a novel PDT modality in which the activation of the topical photosensitizer is induced by the exposure to natural daylight instead of artificial light sources without preliminary occlusion. This simplified procedure was found to be more tolerated as compared to conventional PDT. We report our preliminary experience on the use of D-PDT using methyl-aminolevulinate cream in 10 patients with refractory AC of the lower lip. Patients received two consecutive D-PDT sessions with an interval of 7-14 days. At 3 months after therapy, a complete response was observed in seven patients, with sustained results in five patients over an observational period of 6-12 months. Treatment was well tolerated. PMID:26179312

  10. Photodynamic therapy of recurrent cancer of oral cavity: an alternative to conventional treatment

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    Stranadko, Eugeny P.; Skobelkin, Oleg K.; Markichev, Nikolai A.; Riabov, Michail V.

    1996-12-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) with use of two Russian photosensitizers -- Photohem (hematoporphyrine derivative) in the dosage 1.5 - 5.0 mg/kg of body weight and Photosense (sulfonated aluminum phthalocyanine) in the dosage 0.5 - 1.5 mg/kg of body weight has been provided in 26 patients with spread recurrent tumors of oral cavity (tongue, oral mucose, uvula, lower lip). During PDT power density has been from 50 to 1000 mW/cm2, light irradiation doses ranging from 50 to 600 J/cm2. Therapeutic effect in term from 2 months to 3 years took place in 24 patients (92.4%). In 16 cases (61.5%) complete resorption of tumor was achieved, in 8 cases (30.9%) -- partial pesorption. No effect was found in 2 cases (7.6%). Our experience supposes that PD appears to be a reasonable alternative to the traditional therapy of recurrent tumors of oral cavity.

  11. Evaluation of photodynamic therapy using a diode laser and different photosensitizers against enterococcus faecalis.

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    Silva, Emmanuel J; Coutinho-Filho, Wagner P; Andrade, Aurimar O; Herrera, Daniel R; Coutinho-Filho, Tauby S; Krebs, Renato L

    2014-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has been proven to be effective in disinfecting root canals. The aim of this present study was to evaluate the effects of PDT on the viability of Enterococcus faecalis using methylene blue (MB) and malachite green (MG) as photosensitizers. Solutions containing E. faecalis (ATCC 29212) were prepared and harvested by centrifugation to obtain cell suspensions, which were mixed with MB and MG. Samples were individually irradiated by the diode laser at a distance of 1mm for 30, 60, or 120 seconds. Colonyforming units (CFU) were determined for each treatment. PDT for 60 and 120 seconds with MG reduced E. faecalis viability significantly. Similar results were obtained when MB was used as photosensitizer. PDT using MB and MG have antibacterial effect against E. faecalis, showing potential to be used as an adjunctive antimicrobial procedure in endodontic therapy. PMID:25523956

  12. Photodynamic therapy for the treatment of intranasal tumors in 3 dogs and 1 cat.

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    Lucroy, Michael D; Long, Kevin R; Blaik, Margaret A; Higbee, Russell G; Ridgway, Tisha D

    2003-01-01

    Three dogs and 1 cat with intranasal tumors were treated with pyropheophorbide-a-hexyl ether-based photodynamic therapy (PDT). PDT was well tolerated by all the animals, and no adverse effects from photosensitizer injection, such as cutaneous photosensitization, were observed. Facial swelling was observed in all animals after each PDT treatment but resolved spontaneously within 72 hours after treatment. All animals had a decrease in severity of epistaxis, frequency of sneezing, and amount of nasal discharge after PDT. Clinical signs were controlled for variable time, although long-term responses were comparable with radiation therapy in 2 animals. This small case series demonstrates another application for PDT in veterinary medicine. On the basis of these findings. further studies are warranted to define the role of PDT in the management of intranasal tumors in dogs and cats. PMID:14529144

  13. A graphene quantum dot photodynamic therapy agent with high singlet oxygen generation

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    Ge, Jiechao; Lan, Minhuan; Zhou, Bingjiang; Liu, Weimin; Guo, Liang; Wang, Hui; Jia, Qingyan; Niu, Guangle; Huang, Xing; Zhou, Hangyue; Meng, Xiangmin; Wang, Pengfei; Lee, Chun-Sing; Zhang, Wenjun; Han, Xiaodong

    2014-01-01

    Clinical applications of current photodynamic therapy (PDT) agents are often limited by their low singlet oxygen (1O2) quantum yields, as well as by photobleaching and poor biocompatibility. Here we present a new PDT agent based on graphene quantum dots (GQDs) that can produce 1O2 via a multistate sensitization process, resulting in a quantum yield of ~1.3, the highest reported for PDT agents. The GQDs also exhibit a broad absorption band spanning the UV region and the entire visible region and a strong deep-red emission. Through in vitro and in vivo studies, we demonstrate that GQDs can be used as PDT agents, simultaneously allowing imaging and providing a highly efficient cancer therapy. The present work may lead to a new generation of carbon-based nanomaterial PDT agents with overall performance superior to conventional agents in terms of 1O2 quantum yield, water dispersibility, photo- and pH-stability, and biocompatibility. PMID:25105845

  14. Relevance of nitric oxide to the response of tumors to photodynamic therapy

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    Korbelik, Mladen; Shibuya, Hiroshi; Cecic, Ivana

    1998-05-01

    Oxidative stress is the term used for a sudden and intense exposure of living tissue to reactive oxygen radicals. Tumor tissue response to oxidative stress, invoked in the action of photodynamic therapy (PDT) and some other modalities for cancer treatment, at the level of vascular endothelium has important therapeutic implications. Nitric oxide (NO), a transient radical species which is an important bioregulatory molecule involved in a diverse array of physiological events, has important functions in the regulation of progression of cancerous growth. Response to cancer therapies associated with the induction of oxidative stress was suggested to be amenable to NO mediation. Events involved in antitumor effects of PDT that can be markedly affected by changes in NO availability are listed. The correlation between endogenous NO production in tumors and the response of these lesions to PDT is discussed. Results of treatments aimed at modulating NO levels in PDT treated tumors are reviewed and evaluated.

  15. Regression of drusen after combined treatment using photodynamic therapy with verteporfin and ranibizumab.

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    Novais, Eduardo Amorim; Badaró, Emmerson; Regatieri, Caio Vinicius Saito; Duker, Jay; de Oliveira Bonomo, Pedro Paulo

    2015-02-01

    Drusen are the clinical hallmark of age-related macular degeneration. The regression of these deposits in patients treated with argon, krypton, or diode laser photocoagulation has been reported previously. However, previous protocols with conventional laser for drusen may result in retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) damage and unwanted scotomas. The authors report a case of complete regression of soft drusen in a 65-year-old man with central visual loss and metamorphopsia due to a drusenoid RPE detachment and soft drusen who underwent reduced-fluence photodynamic therapy (PDT) and three monthly intravitreal injections of ranibizumab. Reduced-fluence PDT combined with anti-VEGF therapy may reduce drusen without inducing RPE cell damage. PMID:25707058

  16. Adjuvant Medical Therapy for HER2-Positive Breast Cancer

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  17. Activity of glycated chitosan and other adjuvants to PDT vaccines

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    Korbelik, Mladen; Banáth, Judit; Čiplys, Evaldas; Szulc, Zdzislaw; Bielawska, Alicja; Chen, Wei R.

    2015-03-01

    Glycated chitosan (GC), a water soluble galactose-conjugated natural polysaccharide, has proven to be an effective immunoadjuvant for treatment of tumors based on laser thermal therapy. It was also shown to act as adjuvant for tumor therapy with high-intensity ultrasound and in situ photodynamic therapy (PDT). In the present study, GC was examined as potential adjuvant to PDT-generated cancer vaccine. Two other agents, pure calreticulin protein and acid ceramidase inhibitor LCL521, were also tested as prospective adjuvants for use in conjunction with PDT vaccines. Single treatment with GC, included with PDT vaccine cells suspension, improved the therapeutic efficacy when compared to vaccine alone. This attractive prospect of GC application remains to be carefully optimized and mechanistically elucidated. Both calreticulin and LCL521 proved also effective adjuvants when combined with PDT vaccine tumor treatment.

  18. Adjuvant and neoadjuvant therapies in resectable pancreatic cancer: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials.

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    D'Angelo, Francesco A; Antolino, Laura; La Rocca, Mara; Petrucciani, Niccolò; Magistri, Paolo; Aurello, Paolo; Ramacciato, Giovanni

    2016-03-01

    The timing of surgery and antineoplastic therapies in patients with resectable non-metastatic pancreatic cancer is still a controversial matter of debate, with special regard to neoadjuvant approaches. Following the criteria of the PRISMA statement, a literature search was conducted looking for RCTs focusing on adjuvant and neoadjuvant therapies in resectable pancreatic cancer. The quality of the available evidence was assessed using the Cochrane Collaboration's tool for assessing risk of bias. Data extraction was carried out by two independent investigators. The search led to the identification of 2830 papers of which 14 RCTs focusing on adjuvant and neoadjuvant treatment of resectable pancreatic cancer eligible for the systematic review. Risk of bias was estimated "unclear" in 3 studies and "high" in 5 studies. Median age ranged between 53 and 66. Overall survival in the surgery-only arms ranged between 11 and 20.2 months; in the adjuvant treatment arms 12.5-29.8 months; and in the neoadjuvant setting 9.9-19.4 months. Neoadjuvant protocols should be offered only in randomized clinical trials comparing the standard of care (surgery followed by adjuvant treatments) to a neoadjuvant approach followed by surgery and adjuvant treatment. PMID:26883935

  19. Lanthanide-doped upconversion nanoparticles electrostatically coupled with photosensitizers for near-infrared-triggered photodynamic therapy

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    Wang, Meng; Chen, Zhuo; Zheng, Wei; Zhu, Haomiao; Lu, Shan; Ma, En; Tu, Datao; Zhou, Shanyong; Huang, Mingdong; Chen, Xueyuan

    2014-06-01

    Lanthanide-doped upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) have recently shown great promise in photodynamic therapy (PDT). Herein, we report a facile strategy to fabricate an efficient NIR-triggered PDT system based on LiYF4:Yb/Er UCNPs coupled with a photosensitizer of a ?-carboxyphthalocyanine zinc (ZnPc-COOH) molecule via direct electrostatic interaction. Due to the close proximity between UCNPs and ZnPc-COOH, we achieved a high energy transfer efficiency of 96.3% from UCNPs to ZnPc-COOH, which facilitates a large production of cytotoxic singlet oxygen and thus an enhanced PDT efficacy. Furthermore, we demonstrate the high efficacy of such a NIR-triggered PDT agent for the inhibition of tumor growth both in vitro and in vivo, thereby revealing the great potential of the UCNP-based PDT systems as noninvasive NIR-triggered PDT agents for deep cancer therapy.Lanthanide-doped upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) have recently shown great promise in photodynamic therapy (PDT). Herein, we report a facile strategy to fabricate an efficient NIR-triggered PDT system based on LiYF4:Yb/Er UCNPs coupled with a photosensitizer of a ?-carboxyphthalocyanine zinc (ZnPc-COOH) molecule via direct electrostatic interaction. Due to the close proximity between UCNPs and ZnPc-COOH, we achieved a high energy transfer efficiency of 96.3% from UCNPs to ZnPc-COOH, which facilitates a large production of cytotoxic singlet oxygen and thus an enhanced PDT efficacy. Furthermore, we demonstrate the high efficacy of such a NIR-triggered PDT agent for the inhibition of tumor growth both in vitro and in vivo, thereby revealing the great potential of the UCNP-based PDT systems as noninvasive NIR-triggered PDT agents for deep cancer therapy. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Tables S1 and S2 and Fig. S1-S13. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr01826e

  20. Mechanisms in photodynamic therapy: part two—cellular signaling, cell metabolism and modes of cell death

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    Castano, Ana P.; Demidova, Tatiana N.; Hamblin, Michael R.

    2013-01-01

    Summary Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has been known for over a hundred years, but is only now becoming widely used. Originally developed as a tumor therapy, some of its most successful applications are for non-malignant disease. In the second of a series of three reviews, we will discuss the mechanisms that operate in PDT on a cellular level. In Part I [Castano AP, Demidova TN, Hamblin MR. Mechanism in photodynamic therapy: part one—photosensitizers, photochemistry and cellular localization. Photodiagn Photodyn Ther 2004;1:279–93] it was shown that one of the most important factors governing the outcome of PDT, is how the photosensitizer (PS) interacts with cells in the target tissue or tumor, and the key aspect of this interaction is the subcellular localization of the PS. PS can localize in mitochondria, lysosomes, endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi apparatus and plasma membranes. An explosion of investigation and explorations in the field of cell biology have elucidated many of the pathways that mammalian cells undergo when PS are delivered in tissue culture and subsequently illuminated. There is an acute stress response leading to changes in calcium and lipid metabolism and production of cytokines and stress proteins. Enzymes particularly, protein kinases, are activated and transcription factors are expressed. Many of the cellular responses are centered on mitochondria. These effects frequently lead to induction of apoptosis either by the mitochondrial pathway involving caspases and release of cytochrome c, or by pathways involving ceramide or death receptors. However, under certain circumstances cells subjected to PDT die by necrosis. Although there have been many reports of DNA damage caused by PDT, this is not thought to be an important cell-death pathway. This mechanistic research is expected to lead to optimization of PDT as a tumor treatment, and to rational selection of combination therapies that include PDT as a component. PMID:25048553

  1. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) for locally recurrent breast carcinoma

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    Gahlen, Johannes; Stern, Josef; Graschew, Georgi; Kaus, Michael R.; Herfarth, Christian

    1995-03-01

    Locally recurrent breast carcinoma and skin metastasisses on the chest wall can be difficult to treat. Conventional treatments like radiation-, chemo- and hormonal therapy have shown poor results in these patients. In comparison to this, PDT has some advantages and less side effects. We can observe a tumor accumulation of a systemic applied photosensitizer (PS). The PS can be stimulated by light of a wavelength of 630 nm and a phototoxic effect in the tumor occurs. We treated 7 patients with locally recurrent breast carcinoma 15 times with PDT. The intravenous application of the PS (Photofrin II, 1.5 mg/kg BW) was done 24 - 96 hours before local laser light radiation. The light source was an Ar-Dye laser with a wavelength of 630 nm. Due to a local tumor necrosis we observed a tumor reduction in each case. In 5 patients we saw a complete local remission with a good cosmetic result. Side effects were rare. All patients suffered from pain in the treated area. No major phototoxicity effects were seen. PDT can induce complete local tumor remissions in patients with cutaneous metastasisses after locally recurrent breast carcinoma. In absence of other metastasisses PDT is possibly a curative treatment. One of the major advantages of this treatment are the rare side effects, rare complications and the possible repetition of the PDT.

  2. Regulation of miRNA expression by low-level laser therapy (LLLT) and photodynamic therapy (PDT).

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    Kushibiki, Toshihiro; Hirasawa, Takeshi; Okawa, Shinpei; Ishihara, Miya

    2013-01-01

    Applications of laser therapy, including low-level laser therapy (LLLT), phototherapy and photodynamic therapy (PDT), have been proven to be beneficial and relatively less invasive therapeutic modalities for numerous diseases and disease conditions. Using specific types of laser irradiation, specific cellular activities can be induced. Because multiple cellular signaling cascades are simultaneously activated in cells exposed to lasers, understanding the molecular responses within cells will aid in the development of laser therapies. In order to understand in detail the molecular mechanisms of LLLT and PDT-related responses, it will be useful to characterize the specific expression of miRNAs and proteins. Such analyses will provide an important source for new applications of laser therapy, as well as for the development of individualized treatments. Although several miRNAs should be up- or down-regulated upon stimulation by LLLT, phototherapy and PDT, very few published studies address the effect of laser therapy on miRNA expression. In this review, we focus on LLLT, phototherapy and PDT as representative laser therapies and discuss the effects of these therapies on miRNA expression. PMID:23807510

  3. Regulation of miRNA Expression by Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) and Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

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    Kushibiki, Toshihiro; Hirasawa, Takeshi; Okawa, Shinpei; Ishihara, Miya

    2013-01-01

    Applications of laser therapy, including low-level laser therapy (LLLT), phototherapy and photodynamic therapy (PDT), have been proven to be beneficial and relatively less invasive therapeutic modalities for numerous diseases and disease conditions. Using specific types of laser irradiation, specific cellular activities can be induced. Because multiple cellular signaling cascades are simultaneously activated in cells exposed to lasers, understanding the molecular responses within cells will aid in the development of laser therapies. In order to understand in detail the molecular mechanisms of LLLT and PDT-related responses, it will be useful to characterize the specific expression of miRNAs and proteins. Such analyses will provide an important source for new applications of laser therapy, as well as for the development of individualized treatments. Although several miRNAs should be up- or down-regulated upon stimulation by LLLT, phototherapy and PDT, very few published studies address the effect of laser therapy on miRNA expression. In this review, we focus on LLLT, phototherapy and PDT as representative laser therapies and discuss the effects of these therapies on miRNA expression. PMID:23807510

  4. Anti-tumor immune response after photodynamic therapy

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    Mroz, Pawel; Castano, Ana P.; Wu, Mei X.; Kung, Andrew L.; Hamblin, Michael R.

    2009-06-01

    Anti-tumor immunity is stimulated after PDT due a number of factors including: the acute inflammatory response caused by PDT, release of antigens from PDT-damaged tumor cells, priming of the adaptive immune system to recognize tumor-associated antigens (TAA), and induction of heat-shock proteins. The induction of specific CD8+ T-lymphocyte cells that recognize major histocompatibility complex class I (MHC-I) restricted epitopes of TAAs is a highly desirable goal in cancer therapy as it would allow the treatment of tumors that may have already metastasized. The PDT killed tumor cells may be phagocytosed by dendritic cells (DC) that then migrate to draining lymph nodes and prime naÃve T-cells that recognize TAA epitopes. We have carried out in vivo PDT with a BPD-mediated vascular regimen using a pair of BALB/c mouse colon carcinomas: CT26 wild type expressing the naturally occurring retroviral antigen gp70 and CT26.CL25 additionally expressing beta-galactosidase (b-gal) as a model tumor rejection antigen. PDT of CT26.CL25 cured 100% of tumors but none of the CT26WT tumors (all recurred). Cured CT26.CL25 mice were resistant to rechallenge. Moreover mice with two bilateral CT26.CL25 tumors that had only one treated with PDT demonstrated spontaneous regression of 70% of untreated contralateral tumors. T-lymphocytes were isolated from lymph nodes of PDT cured mice that recognized a particular peptide specific to b-gal antigen. T-lymphocytes from LN were able to kill CT26.CL25 target cells in vitro but not CT26WT cells as shown by a chromium release assay. CT26.CL25 tumors treated with PDT and removed five days later had higher levels of Th1 cytokines than CT26 WT tumors showing a higher level of immune response. When mice bearing CT26WT tumors were treated with a regimen of low dose cyclophosphamide (CY) 2 days before, PDT led to 100% of cures (versus 0% without CY) and resistance to rechallenge. Low dose CY is thought to deplete regulatory T-cells (Treg, CD4+CD25+foxp3+) and potentiate immune response after PDT in the case of tumors that express self-antigens. These data suggest that PDT alone will stimulate a strong immune response when tumors express a robust antigen, and in cases where tumors express a self-antigen, T-reg depletion can unmask the immune response after PDT.

  5. Laser surgery and medicine including photodynamic therapy in China today

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    Li, Junheng

    2000-10-01

    The development of laser medicine in China is correlated with the development of laser science in China. After the first Chinese laser, ruby laser came into being in 1961, Chinese medical scientists began to do the studies about laser medicine in the middle 1960s. For example, ruby laser was adopted for the retina coagulation experiment in 1965. Since 1970s, through the free choice of utilizing Co2, He-Ne, Nd:YAG argon, ruby lasers, laser surgery and medicine has been widely applied to the treatment for diseases of the eyes, ENT, dermatology, surgery, gynecology, tumors and diseases suitable to physical therapy or acupuncture with satisfactory effects. In June 1977, a nation-wide laser medicine symposium was held at Wuhan, Hubei Province with 200 participants including medical doctors and laser technologies from 23 provinces and municipal towns. Till the end of seventies, utilization of lasers has been extended to Nd glass laser, N laser and tunable dye lasers. The scope covered most of the clinical sections. After Dr. Thomas J. Dougherty developed the PDT for cancers in Roswell Park Memorial Institute in Buffalo in late 1970s and Professor Yoshihiro Hayata successfully applied the PDT in clinical treatment for lung cancer in 1980, Chinese pharmacists successfully produced the Chinese HpD and the first case of PDT, a lower eyelid basal cell carcinoma patient was treated with the Chinese laser equipment in 1981 in Beijing. Its success brought attention establishing a research group supported by the government in 1982. The members of the group consisted the experts on preclinical and clinical research, pharmaceutical chemistry, laser physicists and technologists. A systemic research on PDT was then carried out and obvious result was achieved. The step taken for PDT also accelerated the researchers on other kinds of laser medicine and surgery because the medical doctors had begun to master the knowledge about laser science. The prosperous situation of rapid development of laser science, bio-medical lasers, laser medicine and surgery as well as PDT was prolonged in the whole nineteen eighties.

  6. Dual Stimuli-Responsive Vesicular Nanospheres Fabricated by Lipopolymer Hybrids for Tumor-Targeted Photodynamic Therapy.

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    John, Johnson V; Chung, Chung-Wook; Johnson, Renjith P; Jeong, Young-Il; Chung, Kyu-Don; Kang, Dae Hwan; Suh, Hongsuk; Chen, Hongyu; Kim, Il

    2016-01-11

    Smart delivery system of photosensitizer chlorin e6 (Ce6) has been developed for targeted photodynamic therapy (PDT). Simple self-assemblies of the mixtures comprising soybean lecithin derived phosphatidylcholine (PC), phosphatidylethanolamine-poly(l-histidine)40 (PE-p(His)40), and folic acid (FA) conjugated phosphatidylethanolamine-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)40 (PE-p(NIPAM)40-FA) in different ratios yield smart nanospheres characterized by (i) stable and uniform particle size (?100 nm), (ii) positive surface charge, (iii) high hydrophobic drug (Ce6) loading efficiency up to 45%, (iv) covalently linked targeting moiety, (v) low cytotoxicity, and (vi) smartness showing p(His) block oriented pH and p(NIPAM) oriented temperature responsiveness. The Ce6-encapsulated vesicular nanospheres (Ce6@VNS) were used to confirm the efficiency of cellular uptake, intracellular distribution, and phototoxicity against KB tumor cells compared to free Ce6 at different temperature and pH conditions. The Ce6@VNS system showed significant photodynamic therapeutic efficiency on KB cells than free Ce6. A receptor-mediated inhibition study proved the site-specific delivery of Ce6 in targeted tumor cells. PMID:26636723

  7. Photosensitizer and peptide-conjugated PAMAM dendrimer for targeted in vivo photodynamic therapy

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    Narsireddy, Amreddy; Vijayashree, Kurra; Adimoolam, Mahesh G; Manorama, Sunkara V; Rao, Nalam M

    2015-01-01

    Challenges in photodynamic therapy (PDT) include development of efficient near infrared-sensitive photosensitizers (5,10,15,20-tetrakis(4-hydroxyphenyl)-21H,23H-porphine [PS]) and targeted delivery of PS to the tumor tissue. In this study, a dual functional dendrimer was synthesized for targeted PDT. For targeting, a poly(amidoamine) dendrimer (G4) was conjugated with a PS and a nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA) group. A peptide specific to human epidermal growth factor 2 was expressed in Escherichia coli with a His-tag and was specifically bound to the NTA group on the dendrimer. Reaction conditions were optimized to result in dendrimers with PS and the NTA at a fractional occupancy of 50% and 15%, respectively. The dendrimers were characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance, matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization, absorbance, and fluorescence spectroscopy. Using PS fluorescence, cell uptake of these particles was confirmed by confocal microscopy and fluorescence-activated cell sorting. PS-dendrimers are more efficient than free PS in PDT-mediated cell death assays in HER2 positive cells, SK-OV-3. Similar effects were absent in HER2 negative cell line, MCF-7. Compared to free PS, the PS-dendrimers have shown significant tumor suppression in a xenograft animal tumor model. Conjugation of a PS with dendrimers and with a targeting agent has enhanced photodynamic therapeutic effects of the PS. PMID:26604753

  8. Topical delivery of a preformed photosensitizer for photodynamic therapy of cutaneous lesions

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    Oleinick, Nancy L.; Kenney, Malcolm E.; Lam, Minh; McCormick, Thomas; Cooper, Kevin D.; Baron, Elma D.

    2012-02-01

    Photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy (PDT) are most commonly delivered to patients or experimental animals via intravenous injection. After initial distribution throughout the body, there can be some preferential accumulation within tumors or other abnormal tissue in comparison to the surrounding normal tissue. In contrast, the photosensitizer precursor, 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) or one of its esters, is routinely administered topically, and more specifically, to target skin lesions. Following metabolic conversion to protoporphyrin IX, the target area is photoilluminated, limiting peripheral damage and targeting the effective agent to the desired region. However, not all skin lesions are responsive to ALA-PDT. Topical administration of fully formed photosensitizers is less common but is receiving increased attention, and some notable advances with selected approved and experimental photosensitizers have been published. Our team has examined topical administration of the phthalocyanine photosensitizer Pc 4 to mammalian (human, mouse, pig) skin. Pc 4 in a desired formulation and concentration was applied to the skin surface at a rate of 5-10 ?L/cm2 and kept under occlusion. After various times, skin biopsies were examined by confocal microscopy, and fluorescence within regions of interest was quantified. Early after application, images show the majority of the Pc 4 fluorescence within the stratum corneum and upper epidermis. As a function of time and concentration, penetration of Pc 4 across the stratum corneum and into the epidermis and dermis was observed. The data indicate that Pc 4 can be delivered to skin for photodynamic activation and treatment of skin pathologies.

  9. Photosensitizer and peptide-conjugated PAMAM dendrimer for targeted in vivo photodynamic therapy.

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    Narsireddy, Amreddy; Vijayashree, Kurra; Adimoolam, Mahesh G; Manorama, Sunkara V; Rao, Nalam M

    2015-01-01

    Challenges in photodynamic therapy (PDT) include development of efficient near infrared-sensitive photosensitizers (5,10,15,20-tetrakis(4-hydroxyphenyl)-21H,23H-porphine [PS]) and targeted delivery of PS to the tumor tissue. In this study, a dual functional dendrimer was synthesized for targeted PDT. For targeting, a poly(amidoamine) dendrimer (G4) was conjugated with a PS and a nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA) group. A peptide specific to human epidermal growth factor 2 was expressed in Escherichia coli with a His-tag and was specifically bound to the NTA group on the dendrimer. Reaction conditions were optimized to result in dendrimers with PS and the NTA at a fractional occupancy of 50% and 15%, respectively. The dendrimers were characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance, matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization, absorbance, and fluorescence spectroscopy. Using PS fluorescence, cell uptake of these particles was confirmed by confocal microscopy and fluorescence-activated cell sorting. PS-dendrimers are more efficient than free PS in PDT-mediated cell death assays in HER2 positive cells, SK-OV-3. Similar effects were absent in HER2 negative cell line, MCF-7. Compared to free PS, the PS-dendrimers have shown significant tumor suppression in a xenograft animal tumor model. Conjugation of a PS with dendrimers and with a targeting agent has enhanced photodynamic therapeutic effects of the PS. PMID:26604753

  10. Developing strategies to predict photodynamic therapy outcome: the role of melanoma microenvironment.

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    Vera, Renzo Emanuel; Lamberti, María Julia; Rivarola, Viviana Alicia; Rumie Vittar, Natalia Belén

    2015-12-01

    Melanoma is among the most aggressive and treatment-resistant human skin cancer. Photodynamic therapy (PDT), a minimally invasive therapeutic modality, is a promising approach to treating melanoma. It combines a non-toxic photoactivatable drug called photosensitizer with harmless visible light to generate reactive oxygen species which mediate the antitumor effects. The aim of this review was to compile the available data about PDT on melanoma. Our comparative analysis revealed a disconnection between several hypotheses generated by in vitro therapeutic studies and in vivo and clinical assays. This fact led us to highlight new preclinical experimental platforms that mimic the complexity of tumor biology. The tumor and its stromal microenvironment have a dynamic and reciprocal interaction that plays a critical role in tumor resistance, and these interactions can be exploited for novel therapeutic targets. In this sense, we review two strategies used by photodynamic researchers: (a) developing 3D culture systems which mimic tumor architecture and (b) heterotypic cultures that resemble tumor microenvironment to favor therapeutic regimen design. After this comprehensive review of the literature, we suggest that new complementary preclinical models are required to better optimize the clinical outcome of PDT on skin melanoma. PMID:26419592

  11. Photodynamic therapy of endometriosis with HpD (Photosan III) in a new in vitro model

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    Viereck, Volker; Werter, Wiebke; Rueck, Angelika C.; Steiner, Rudolf W.; Keckstein, J.

    1994-07-01

    As a new treatment model for endometriosis, photodynamic therapy was applied to endometriotic and endometrial cultures. It could be demonstrated that both endometrial components (epithelium and stroma) were present in the cultures, proved by immunocytology and electron microscopy. No major differences were seen between endometriotic and endometrial cells. The cultures were treated by HpD-sensitized PDT. Incubation time was 24 h and concentrations of 5 and 10 (mu) g/ml were used. Irradiation was performed by an argon-pumped dye laser at 630 nm with a power density of 80 mW/cm2. Evaluation both morphologically and by trypan blue exclusion test, was effected 24 h after irradiation. Toxicity in endometriotic and endometrial cultures was practically identical. Stroma cells were more sensitive to photodynamic treatment than epithelial cells. Complete stromal cell destruction was reached at 15 J/cm2, whereas epithelial cells showed 100 lethality at 40 J/cm2 (10(mu) g/ml HpD). These and subsequent results demonstrate that the sensitivity of stromal cells was about seven times higher than that of epithelial cells.

  12. The effect of photodynamic therapy on the mechanical integrity of normal rabbit carotid arteries.

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    Grant, W E; Buonaccorsi, G; Speight, P M; MacRobert, A J; Hopper, C; Bown, S G

    1995-08-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) for tumor ablation is effective in the treatment of superficial cancers. Adjunctive intraoperative PDT has been proposed for the "sterilization" of tumor beds after the resection of malignancies. Arteries in photosensitized animal models exposed to appropriate light receive characteristic injury. This study was conducted to determine whether photodynamic injury to the rabbit carotid artery results in thrombotic occlusion or weakening of the vessel wall. PDT of the carotid arteries of New Zealand white rabbits, using either disulphonated aluminum phthalocyanine or 5-aminolevulinic-acid-induced protoporphyrin IX as the photosensitizer, was performed with a light dose of 100 J/cm2. Histologic examination of the carotids treated with either agent demonstrated typical full-thickness loss of cellularity 3 days after PDT. All vessels remained patent, and no inflammatory infiltrate was evident. Elastin van Gieson staining showed preservation of inner and medial elastic laminae and medial and adventitial collagen. Additional rabbits were similarly treated with PDT to 1-cm segments of both common carotid arteries. The animals were sacrificed at 3, 7, and 21 days. The carotids were exposed, and both control and treated segments were subjected to intraluminal hydrostatic distention until the vessels burst. No reduction in the pressure required to burst the vessels was evident in the treated vessels as compared with the control vessels. The authors of the study concluded that despite full-thickness cell death, PDT-treated arteries are not at risk for thrombotic occlusion or hemorrhage. PMID:7630302

  13. Necrosis response to photodynamic therapy using light pulses in the femtosecond regime.

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    Grecco, Clóvis; Moriyama, Lilian Tan; Cosci, Alessandro; Pratavieira, Sebastião; Bagnato, Vanderlei Salvador; Kurachi, Cristina

    2013-07-01

    One of the clinical limitations of the photodynamic therapy (PDT) is the reduced light penetration into biological tissues. Pulsed lasers may present advantages concerning photodynamic response when compared to continuous wave (CW) lasers operating under the same average power conditions. The aim of this study was to investigate PDT-induced response when using femtosecond laser (FSL) and a first-generation photosensitizer (Photogem) to evaluate the induced depth of necrosis. The in vitro photodegradation of the sensitizer was monitored during illumination either with CW or an FSL as an indirect measurement of the PDT response. Healthy liver of Wistar rats was used to evaluate the tissue response. The photosensitizer was endovenously injected and 30 min after, an energy dose of 150 J cm(-2) was delivered to the liver surface. We observed that the photodegradation rate evaluated via fluorescence spectroscopy was higher for the FSL illumination. The FSL-PDT produced a necrosis nearly twice as deep when compared to the CW-PDT. An increase of the tissue temperature during the application was measured and was not higher than 2.5 °C for the CW laser and not higher than 4.5 °C for the pulsed laser. FSL should be considered as an alternative in PDT applications for improving the results in the treatment of bulky tumors where higher light penetration is required. PMID:23064891

  14. Glycoside esters of 5-aminolevulinic acid for photodynamic therapy of cancer.

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    Vallinayagam, Ramakrishnan; Schmitt, Frédéric; Barge, Jérome; Wagnieres, Georges; Wenger, Virginie; Neier, Reinhard; Juillerat-Jeanneret, Lucienne

    2008-04-01

    Aliphatic and ethylene glycol esters of 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) are very efficient precursors of the photosensitizer protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) for photodynamic therapy; however, they diffuse passively across the cell membrane and thus lack cell selectivity. We evaluated whether alpha-glucose, alpha-mannose, or beta-galactose esters of ALA would present improved properties as precursors of PpIX. Esterification was performed either at the position O-1 or O-6 of the sugars with or without an ethylene glycol linker, and these glycoside esters of ALA were evaluated in human cells. The results demonstrated that glycoside esters of ALA are efficient precursors of PpIX in human cancer and angiogenic endothelial cells, comparable to free ALA, but not in normal human fibroblasts. PpIX production was confirmed by fluorescence microscopy and photodynamic treatment of cells. The O-1 or O-6 positions of functionalization and the nature of the sugar moiety did not influence PpIX production. The presence of the ethylene glycol linker generally resulted in decreased PpIX production. The uptake of these glycoside esters of ALA by cells was not decreased in the presence of high concentrations of the related sugars. Inhibitors of alpha-glucosidases or alpha-mannosidases did not decrease PpIX production. These results suggest the involvement of active non-glycoside-specific membrane transporter(s) for uptake and of esterases rather than glycosidases in the release of ALA from the glycoside esters of ALA. PMID:18341270

  15. Pheophorbide a mediated photodynamic therapy against human epidermoid carcinoma cells (A431)

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    Chen, Yi-Chun; Li, Wen-Tyng

    2011-02-01

    The objective of this study was to characterize the death mechanism of human epidermoid carcinoma cells (A431) triggered by photodynamic therapy (PDT) with pheophorbide a. First of all, significant inhibition on the survival of A431 cells (< 20 %) was observed when an irradiation dose of 5.1 J/cm2 combined with 125 ng/ml of pheophorbide a was applied. Survival rate of human keratinocyte cells was over 70 % under the same PDT parameters, suggesting that pheophorbide a killed cancer cells selectively. Mitochondria were the main target sites where pheophorbide a accumulated. Formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) was detected after PDT. Addition of antioxidant N-Acetyl cysteine prevented ROS production and increased cell survival thereafter. The decrease in cellular ATP level was also observed at 6 hrs after PDT. Typical apoptotic cellular morphology and a collapse of mitochondrial membrane potential occurred after PDT. The loss of mitochondrial membrane potential led to the release of cytochrome c from the mitochondria to the cytosol, followed by activation of caspase-9 and caspase-3. The activation of caspase-3 resulted in poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) cleavage in A431 cells, followed by DNA fragmentation. In conclusion, the results demonstrated that pheophorbide a possessed photodynamic action against A431 cells, mainly through apoptosis mediated by mitochondrial intrinsic pathway triggered by ROS.

  16. Hetergeneous tumour response to photodynamic therapy assessed by in vivo localised 31P NMR spectroscopy.

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    Ceckler, T. L.; Gibson, S. L.; Kennedy, S. D.; Hill, R.; Bryant, R. G.

    1991-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is efficacious in the treatment of small malignant lesions when all cells in the tumour receive sufficient drug, oxygen and light to induce a photodynamic effect capable of complete cytotoxicity. In large tumours, only partial effectiveness is observed presumably because of insufficient light penetration into the tissue. The heterogeneity of the metabolic response in mammary tumours following PDT has been followed in vivo using localised phosphorus NMR spectroscopy. Alterations in nucleoside triphosphates (NTP), inorganic phosphate (Pi) and pH within localised regions of the tumour were monitored over 24-48 h following PDT irradiation of the tumour. Reduction of NTP and increases in Pi were observed at 4-6 h after PDT irradiation in all regions of treated tumours. The uppermost regions of the tumours (those nearest the skin surface and exposed to the greatest light fluence) displayed the greatest and most prolonged reduction of NTP and concomitant increase in Pi resulting in necrosis. The metabolite concentrations in tumour regions located towards the base of the tumour returned a near pre-treatment levels by 24-48 h after irradiation. The ability to follow heterogeneous metabolic responses in situ provides one means to assess the degree of metabolic inhibition which subsequently leads to tumour necrosis. Images Figure 4 PMID:1829953

  17. Photochemical predictive analysis of photodynamic therapy with non-homogeneous topical photosensitizer distribution in dermatological applications

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    Salas-García, I.; Fanjul-Vélez, F.; Ortega-Quijano, N.; López-Escobar, M.; Arce-Diego, J. L.

    2010-04-01

    Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is a therapeutic technique widely used in dermatology to treat several skin pathologies. It is based in topical or systemic delivery of photosensitizing drugs followed by irradiation with visible light. The subsequent photochemical reactions generate reactive oxygen species which are considered the principal cytotoxic agents to induce cell necrosis. In this work we present a PDT model that tries to predict the photodynamic effect on the skin with a topically administered photosensitizer. The time dependent inhomogeneous distribution of the photoactive compound protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) is calculated after obtaining its precursor distribution (Methyl aminolevulinate, MAL) which depends on the drug permeability, diffusion properties of the skin, incubation time and conversion efficiency of MAL to PpIX. Once the optical energy is obtained by means of the Beer Lambert law, a photochemical model is employed to estimate the concentration of the different molecular compounds taking into account the electronic transitions between molecular levels and particles concentrations. The results obtained allow us to know the evolution of the cytotoxic agent in order to estimate the necrotic area adjusting parameters such as the optical power, the photosensitizer concentration, the incubation and exposition time or the diffusivity and permeability of the tissue.

  18. The photodynamic therapy effect of aluminum and zinc tetrasulfophthalocyanines on melanoma cancer cells

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    Maduray, K.; Karsten, A.; Odhav, B.; Nyokong, T.

    2010-11-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) represents a novel treatment that uses a photosensitizer (PS), light source (laser) of an appropriate wavelength and oxygen to induce cell death in cancer cells. The aim of this study was to investigate the photodynamic effects of aluminum tetrasulfophthalocyanines (AlTSPc) and zinc (ZnTSPc) tetrasulfophthalocyanines activated with a 672nm wavelength laser on melanoma cancer, dermal fibroblast and epidermal keratinocyte cells. Each cell line was photosensitized with either AlTSPc or ZnTSPc for 2 h before using a diode laser with a wavelength of 672nm to deliver a light dose of 4.5 J/cm2 to the cells. The cell viability of melanoma cells were decreased to approximately 50% with concentrations of 40 ?g/ml for AlTSPc and 50 ?g/ml for ZnTSPc. These PS concentrations caused a slight decrease in the cell viability of fibroblast and keratinocyte cells. Both photosensitizers in the presence of high concentrations (60 ?g/ml-100 ?g/ml) showed cytotoxicity effects on melanoma cells in its inactive state. This was not observed in fibroblast and keratinocyte cells. Cell death in PDT treated melanoma cells was induced by apoptosis. Therefore, AlTSPc and ZnTSPc exhibit the potential to be used as a PS in PDT for the treatment of melanoma cancer.

  19. Two combined photosensitizers: a goal for more effective photodynamic therapy of cancer

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    Acedo, P; Stockert, J C; Cañete, M; Villanueva, A

    2014-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a clinically approved therapeutic modality for the treatment of diseases characterized by uncontrolled cell proliferation, mainly cancer. It involves the selective uptake of a photosensitizer (PS) by neoplastic tissue, which is able to produce reactive oxygen species upon irradiation with light, leading to tumor regression. Here a synergistic cell photoinactivation is reported based on the simultaneous administration of two PSs, zinc(II)-phthalocyanine (ZnPc) and the cationic porphyrin meso-tetrakis(4-N-methylpyridyl)porphine (TMPyP) in three cell lines (HeLa, HaCaT and MCF-7), using very low doses of PDT. We detected changes from predominant apoptosis (without cell detachment) to predominant necrosis, depending on the light dose used (2.4 and 3.6?J/cm2, respectively). Analysis of changes in cytoskeleton components (microtubules and F-actin), FAK protein, as well as time-lapse video microscopy evidenced that HeLa cells were induced to undergo apoptosis, without losing adhesion to the substrate. Moreover, 24?h after intravenous injection into tumor-bearing mice, ZnPc and TMPyP were preferentially accumulated in the tumor area. PDT with combined treatment produced significant retardation of tumor growth. We believe that this combined and highly efficient strategy (two PSs) may provide synergistic curative rates regarding conventional photodynamic treatments (with one PS alone). PMID:24625981

  20. Epigenetically Enhanced Photodynamic Therapy (ePDT) is Superior to Conventional Photodynamic Therapy for Inducing Apoptosis in Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma.

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    Salva, Katrin Agnes; Wood, Gary S

    2015-11-01

    Conventional photodynamic therapy with aminolevulinate (ALA-PDT) selectively induces apoptosis in diseased cells and is highly effective for treating actinic keratoses. However, similar results are achieved only in a subset of patients with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL). Our previous work shows that the apoptotic resistance of CTCL correlates with low expression of death receptors like Fas cell surface death receptor (FAS), and that methotrexate upregulates FAS by inhibiting the methylation of its promoter, acting as an epigenetic derepressor that restores the susceptibility of FAS-low CTCL to caspase-8-mediated apoptosis. Here, we demonstrate that methotrexate increases the response of CTCL to ALA-PDT, a concept we refer to as epigenetically enhanced PDT (ePDT). Multiple CTCL cell lines were subjected to conventional PDT versus ePDT. Apoptotic biomarkers were analyzed in situ with multispectral imaging analysis of immunostained cells, a method that is quantitative and 5× more sensitive than standard immunohistology for antigen detection. Compared to conventional PDT or methotrexate alone, ePDT led to significantly greater cell death in all CTCL cell lines tested by inducing greater activation of caspase-8-mediated extrinsic apoptosis. Upregulation of FAS and/or tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand pathway components was observed in different CTCL cell lines. These findings provide a rationale for clinical trials of ePDT for CTCL. PMID:26302991

  1. Histopathology of prostate tissue after vascular-targeted photodynamic therapy for localized prostate cancer.

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    Eymerit-Morin, Caroline; Zidane, Merzouka; Lebdai, Souhil; Triau, Stéphane; Azzouzi, Abdel Rahmene; Rousselet, Marie-Christine

    2013-10-01

    Low-risk prostate adenocarcinoma is classically managed either with active surveillance or radical therapy (such as external radiotherapy or radical prostatectomy), but both have significant side effects. Vascular-targeted photodynamic therapy (VTP) is a focal therapy proposed as an alternative approach for localized, low-volume, and low-Gleason score (≤6) carcinomas. We report histological modifications observed in prostate biopsies of 56 patients, performed 6 months after VTP using the photosensitizer TOOKAD® Soluble (WST11) and low-energy laser administered in the tumor area transperineally by optic fibers. In 53 patients, we observed sharply demarcated hyaline fibrotic scars, with or without rare atrophic glands, sometimes reduced to corpora amylacea surrounded by giant multinuclear macrophages. Mild chronic inflammation, hemosiderin, and coagulative necrosis were also observed. When residual cancer was present in a treated lobe (17 patients), it was always located outside the scar, most often close to the prostate capsule, and it showed no therapy-related modification. Histopathological interpretation of post-WST11 VTP prostate biopsies was straightforward, in contrast with that of prostate biopsies after radio or hormonal therapy, which introduces lesions difficult to interpret. VTP resulted in complete ablation of cancer in the targeted area. PMID:23948957

  2. Increasing oxygenation and radiation sensitivity following photodynamic therapy with verteporfin in the RIF-1 tumor

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    Pogue, Brian W.; O'Hara, Julia A.; Demidenko, Eugene; Wilmot, Carmen M.; Chen, Bin; Swartz, Harold M.; Hasan, Tayyaba

    2003-06-01

    The combination of verteporfin-based photodynamic therapy (PDT) wiht radiaiton therapy from an orthovoltage device has been examiend in the radiation induced fibrosarcoma tumor model. PDT with verteporfin using a 3 hour delay between injection and the time of optical irradiation has been shown to cause a significant rise in overlal tumor oxygenation. It was huypothesized that this mechanism arises from the reduced oxygen consumption from cells where the PDT has targeted the mitochondria and shut down cellular respiration. Tumor blood flow was measured and found to be still be patent immediately following therapy. This increasing oxygenation was thought to provide an opportunity to increase the radiation sensitivity of the tumor immediately following PDT. When this type of treatment was combined with radiation therapy, a delay in the tumor regrowth time demonstrated that the combined effect was greater than additive. Further study of this phenomenon will provide a more complete mechanistic understanding of the effect and possibly provide a viable pre-treatment for radiation therapy of tumore that increases the therapeutic ratio. This effect could be used to either increase the radiaton dose without increasing the side effects or decrease the dose needed for the same effect on the tumor.

  3. ["State of the art" of adjuvant chemo-endocrine therapy for breast cancer in Japan].

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    Ikeda, T

    1994-10-01

    Breast cancer is a solid tumor moderately responsive to chemotherapy and/or endocrine therapy. Based upon meta-analysis covering 233 prospective randomized clinical trials, a consensus about adjuvant chemo and endocrine therapy has been reached according to prognostic factors, including nodal status, tumor size, estrogen receptor and histological grade. The preventive effect of tamoxifen against recurrence has been also proven in Japanese ACETBC (adjuvant chemoendocrine therapy for breast cancer) trials and KEIO BR1 trial. Several other prospective randomized trials have been run in Japan, and the results will be obtained within several years. The features of breast cancer in Japan are low incidence and good prognosis. In these circumstances, the accrual of a vast number of patients and multi-institutional collaboration are essential. The issues under investigation include best chemotherapy dosage and duration, identification of risk factors and the role of preoperative chemotherapy. PMID:7986117

  4. Adjuvant therapy for pancreas cancer in an era of value based cancer care.

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    Ahn, Daniel H; Williams, Terence M; Goldstein, Daniel A; El-Rayes, Bassel; Bekaii-Saab, Tanios

    2016-01-01

    In resected pancreas cancer, adjuvant therapy improves outcomes and is considered the standard of care for patients who recover sufficiently post operatively. Chemotherapy or combined chemotherapy and radiation therapy (chemoradiation; CRT) are strategies used in the adjuvant setting. However, there is a lack of evidence to suggest whether the addition of RT to chemotherapy translates to an improvement in clinical outcomes. This is true even when accounting for the subset of patients with a higher risk for recurrence, such as those with R1 and lymph node positive disease. When considering the direct and indirect costs, impact on quality of life and questionable added clinical benefit, the true "net health benefit" from added RT to chemotherapy becomes more uncertain. Future directions, including the utilization of modern RT, integration of novel therapies, and intensifying chemotherapy regimens may improve outcomes in resected pancreas cancer. PMID:26620819

  5. Adjuvant Therapy in Lymph Node–Positive Vulvar Cancer: The AGO-CaRE-1 Study

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    Jueckstock, Julia; Hilpert, Felix; Neuser, Petra; Harter, Philipp; de Gregorio, Nikolaus; Hasenburg, Annette; Sehouli, Jalid; Habermann, Annika; Hillemanns, Peter; Fuerst, Sophie; Strauss, Hans-Georg; Baumann, Klaus; Thiel, Falk; Mustea, Alexander; Meier, Werner; du Bois, Andreas; Griebel, Lis-Femke; Woelber, Linn

    2015-01-01

    Background: Women with node-positive vulvar cancer have a high risk for disease recurrence. Indication criteria for adjuvant radiotherapy are controversial. This study was designed to further understand the role of adjuvant therapy in node-positive disease. Methods: Patients with primary squamous-cell vulvar cancer treated at 29 gynecologic cancer centers in Germany from 1998 through 2008 were included in this retrospective exploratory multicenter cohort study. Of 1618 documented patients, 1249 had surgical groin staging and known lymph node status and were further analyzed. All statistical tests were two-sided. Results: Four hundred forty-seven of 1249 patients (35.8%) had lymph node metastases (N+). The majority of N+ patients had one (172 [38.5%]) or two (102 [22.8%]) positive nodes. The three-year progression-free survival (PFS) rate of N+ patients was 35.2%, and the overall survival (OS) rate 56.2% compared with 75.2% and 90.2% in node-negative patients (N-). Two hundred forty-four (54.6%) N+ patients had adjuvant therapy, of which 183 (40.9%) had radiotherapy directed at the groins (+/-other fields). Three-year PFS and OS rates in these patients were better compared with N+ patients without adjuvant treatment (PFS: 39.6% vs 25.9%, hazard ratio [HR] = 0.67, 95% confidence interval [CI[= 0.51 to 0.88, P = .004; OS: 57.7% vs 51.4%, HR = 0.79, 95% CI = 0.56 to 1.11, P = .17). This effect was statistically significant in multivariable analysis adjusted for age, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, Union internationale contre le cancer stage, grade, invasion depth, and number of positive nodes (PFS: HR = 0.58, 95% CI = 0.43 to 0.78, P < .001; OS: HR = 0.63, 95% CI = 0.43 to 0.91, P = .01). Conclusion: This large multicenter study in vulvar cancer observed that adjuvant radiotherapy was associated with improved prognosis in node-positive patients and will hopefully help to overcome concerns regarding adjuvant treatment. However, outcome after adjuvant radiotherapy remains poor compared with node-negative patients. Adjuvant chemoradiation could be a possible strategy to improve therapy because it is superior to radiotherapy alone in other squamous cell carcinomas. PMID:25618900

  6. LASER BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE: A laser-spectroscopy system for fluorescent diagnostics and photodynamic therapy of diseases of eye retina and choroid

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    Meerovich, G. A.; Shevchik, S. A.; Loshchenov, M. V.; Budzinskaya, M. V.; Ermakova, N. A.; Kharnas, S. S.

    2002-11-01

    A laser-spectroscopy system for the fluorescent diagnostics and photodynamic therapy of pathologic eye-fundus changes combined with the use of the Photosens compound is developed. The system is tested on experimental animals (mice and rabbits).

  7. Ranibizumab alone or in combination with photodynamic therapy vs photodynamic therapy for polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy: a systematic review and Meta-analysis

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    Tang, Kai; Si, Jun-Kang; Guo, Da-Dong; Cui, Yan; Du, Yu-Xiang; Pan, Xue-Mei; Bi, Hong-Sheng

    2015-01-01

    AIM To compare the efficacy of intravitreal ranibizumab (IVR) alone or in combination with photodynamic therapy (PDT) vs PDT in patients with symptomatic polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV). METHODS A systematic search of a wide range of databases (including PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library and Web of Science) was searched to identify relevant studies. Both randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and non-RCT studies were included. Methodological quality of included literatures was evaluated according to the Newcastle-Ottawa Scale. RevMan 5.2.7 software was used to do the Meta-analysis. RESULTS Three RCTs and 6 retrospective studies were included. The results showed that PDT monotherapy had a significantly higher proportion in patients who achieved complete regression of polyps than IVR monotherapy at months 3, 6, and 12 (All P?0.01), respectively. However, IVR had a tendency to be more effective in improving vision on the basis of RCTs. The proportion of patients who gained complete regression of polyps revealed that there was no significant difference between the combination treatment and PDT monotherapy. The mean change of best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) from baseline showed that the combination treatment had significant superiority in improving vision vs PDT monotherapy at months 3, 6 and 24 (All P<0.05), respectively. In the mean time, this comparison result was also significant at month 12 (P<0.01) after removal of a heterogeneous study. CONCLUSION IVR has non-inferiority compare with PDT either in stabilizing or in improving vision, although it can hardly promote the regression of polyps. The combination treatment of PDT and IVR can exert a synergistic effect on regressing polyps and on maintaining or improving visual acuity. Thus, it can be the first-line therapy for PCV. PMID:26558226

  8. Surgeons’ Volume of Colorectal Cancer Procedures and Collaborative Decision-making about Adjuvant Therapies

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    Rogers, Selwyn O.; Ayanian, John Z.; Ko, Clifford Y.; Kahn, Katherine L.; Zaslavsky, Alan M.; Sandler, Robert S.; Keating, Nancy L.

    2011-01-01

    Background Few studies have assessed associations of surgeons’ practice volume with processes of care that lead to better outcomes. Objective We surveyed surgeons treating colorectal cancer to determine whether high-volume surgeons were more likely to collaborate with other physicians in decisions about adjuvant therapies. Subjects and methods Surgeons caring for patients with colorectal cancer in multiple regions and health-care organizations were surveyed to assess their volume of colorectal cancer resections and participation in decisions about adjuvant chemotherapy and radiation therapy. We used logistic regression to assess physician and practice characteristics associated with surgical volume and the relation of surgical volume and these other characteristics to collaborative decision-making regarding adjuvant therapies. Results Of 635 responding surgeons, those who identified themselves as surgical oncologists or colorectal surgeons were more likely than others to report high volume of colorectal cancer resections (p<.001), as were those who practiced at a comprehensive cancer center (P=.06) and attended tumor board meetings weekly (vs. quarterly or less, P=.09). Most surgeons reported a collaborative role in decisions about chemotherapy and radiation therapy. However, in adjusted analyses, higher-volume surgeons more often reported a collaborative role with other physicians in decisions about chemotherapy (P<0.001) and radiation therapy (P<0.001). Conclusions Higher-volume surgeons are more likely to report collaborating with other physicians in decisions about adjuvant therapies for patients following colorectal cancer surgery. This collaborative decision-making of higher-volume surgeons may contribute to outcome differences by surgeon volume. PMID:19855265

  9. The application of hyaluronic acid-derivatized carbon nanotubes in hematoporphyrin monomethyl ether-based photodynamic therapy for in vivo and in vitro cancer treatment

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    Shi, Jinjin; Ma, Rourou; Wang, Lei; Zhang, Jing; Liu, Ruiyuan; Li, Lulu; Liu, Yan; Hou, Lin; Yu, Xiaoyuan; Gao, Jun; Zhang, Zhenzhong

    2013-01-01

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have shown great potential in both photothermal therapy and drug delivery. In this study, a CNT derivative, hyaluronic acid-derivatized CNTs (HA-CNTs) with high aqueous solubility, neutral pH, and tumor-targeting activity, were synthesized and characterized, and then a new photodynamic therapy agent, hematoporphyrin monomethyl ether (HMME), was adsorbed onto the functionalized CNTs to develop HMME-HA-CNTs. Tumor growth inhibition was investigated both in vivo and in vitro by a combination of photothermal therapy and photodynamic therapy using HMME-HA-CNTs. The ability of HMME-HA-CNT nanoparticles to combine local specific photodynamic therapy with external near-infrared photothermal therapy significantly improved the therapeutic efficacy of cancer treatment. Compared with photodynamic therapy or photothermal therapy alone, the combined treatment demonstrated a synergistic effect, resulting in higher therapeutic efficacy without obvious toxic effects to normal organs. Overall, it was demonstrated that HMME-HA-CNTs could be successfully applied to photodynamic therapy and photothermal therapy simultaneously in future tumor therapy. PMID:23843694

  10. The application of hyaluronic acid-derivatized carbon nanotubes in hematoporphyrin monomethyl ether-based photodynamic therapy for in vivo and in vitro cancer treatment.

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    Shi, Jinjin; Ma, Rourou; Wang, Lei; Zhang, Jing; Liu, Ruiyuan; Li, Lulu; Liu, Yan; Hou, Lin; Yu, Xiaoyuan; Gao, Jun; Zhang, Zhenzhong

    2013-01-01

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have shown great potential in both photothermal therapy and drug delivery. In this study, a CNT derivative, hyaluronic acid-derivatized CNTs (HA-CNTs) with high aqueous solubility, neutral pH, and tumor-targeting activity, were synthesized and characterized, and then a new photodynamic therapy agent, hematoporphyrin monomethyl ether (HMME), was adsorbed onto the functionalized CNTs to develop HMME-HA-CNTs. Tumor growth inhibition was investigated both in vivo and in vitro by a combination of photothermal therapy and photodynamic therapy using HMME-HA-CNTs. The ability of HMME-HA-CNT nanoparticles to combine local specific photodynamic therapy with external near-infrared photothermal therapy significantly improved the therapeutic efficacy of cancer treatment. Compared with photodynamic therapy or photothermal therapy alone, the combined treatment demonstrated a synergistic effect, resulting in higher therapeutic efficacy without obvious toxic effects to normal organs. Overall, it was demonstrated that HMME-HA-CNTs could be successfully applied to photodynamic therapy and photothermal therapy simultaneously in future tumor therapy. PMID:23843694

  11. Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy and Dental Plaque: A Systematic Review of the Literature

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    Santin, G. C.; Oliveira, D. S. B.; Galo, R.; Borsatto, M. C.; Corona, S. A. M.

    2014-01-01

    Background. The aim of this study was to perform a systematic review of the literature on the efficacy of antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (PDTa) on cariogenic dental biofilm. Types of Studies Reviewed. Studies in vivo, in vitro, and in situ were included. Articles that did not address PDTa, those that did not involve cariogenic biofilm, those that used microorganisms in the plankton phase, and reviews were excluded. Data extraction and quality assessments were performed independently by two raters using a scale. Results. Two hundred forty articles were retrieved; only seventeen of them met the eligibility criteria and were analyzed in the present review. Considerable variability was found regarding the methodologies and application protocols for antimicrobial PDTa. Two articles reported unfavorable results. Practical Implications. The present systematic review does not allow drawing any concrete conclusions regarding the efficacy of antimicrobial PDTa, although this method seems to be a promising option. PMID:25379545

  12. Effect of photodynamic therapy on single cancer cells studied by integrated Raman and angular scattering microscopy

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    Shipp, Dustin W.; Mitra, Soumya; Foster, Thomas H.; Berger, Andrew J.

    2012-01-01

    Using integrated Raman and angular scattering microscopy (IRAM), we follow the response of EMT6 cancer cells to photodynamic therapy (PDT) treatment. The study combines two non-labelling light scattering techniques to extract chemical information and organelle sizes from single cells. Each cell is measured repeatedly over several hours to follow changes in these parameters as the cell responds to the PDT treatment. An automated algorithm identifies which parameters are changing in time. Size parameters extracted from angular scattering measurements show a decrease in the size of 1-micron-diameter scatterers in treated cells. Treated cells also exhibit trends in several Raman peaks, denoting changes in chemical concentrations of proteins, nucleic acids, and lipids. Each of these parameters - acquired from both measurement modalities - can be monitored on a cell-by-cell basis. The ability to track these chemical and structural changes over time allows access to greater knowledge of biological processes.

  13. The microfluidic system for studies of carcinoma and normal cells interactions after photodynamic therapy (PDT) procedures.

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    Jedrych, Elzbieta; Chudy, Michal; Dybko, Artur; Brzozka, Zbigniew

    2011-12-01

    This study reports on the use of a microsystem for evaluation of photodynamic therapy (PDT) procedures on the "mixed" (carcinoma-normal) cultures. Balb/3T3 (normal mouse embryo) and A549 (human lung carcinoma) cells were tested in separated and "mixed" cultures. Interactions and migration of cells cultured together were observed. The PDT procedures were examined in the hybrid (PDMS/glass) microsystem which contains cell culture microchambers integrated with network of microchannels. We investigated that the number of dead cells after PDT procedures is dependent on the kind of cell culture. Moreover, the influence of the carcinoma cells on the viability of normal cells in the "mixed" culture was observed. PMID:22662052

  14. Study of light fluence rate distribution in photodynamic therapy using finite-element method

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    Li, Jun; Zhu, Timothy C.; Finlay, Jarod C.

    2015-01-01

    In photodynamic therapy (PDT), it is desirable to determine the light fluence distribution accurately for treatment planning. Earlier studies have shown heterogeneous distribution of optical properties in patients’ prostates. Finiteelement method (FEM) is suitable for dealing with heterogeneous media and irregular geometries. Cylindrical diffusing fibers (CDFs) were modeled as linear sources of finite lengths, using the same parameters as those used in the treatments. Meshes were generated in the three-dimensional (3D) prostate geometry, reconstructed using transrectal ultrasound images of the prostate. Heterogeneous optical properties measured in the prostate were applied in the calculation and the refractive-index mismatch boundary condition was studied. Compared with the measurements, the FEM calculations using heterogeneous optical properties show better agreements than those using homogeneous optical properties. PMID:26113755

  15. Laser-triggered intraocular implant to induce photodynamic therapy for posterior capsule opacification prevention.

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    Zhang, Zhaoguo; Huang, Wenyong; Lei, Ming; He, Yuanfeng; Yan, Mina; Zhang, Xuefei; Zhao, Chunshun

    2016-02-10

    Posterior capsule opacification (PCO) is one of the main reasons for loss of vision again after cataract surgery. In this study, intraocular lenses were modified with indocyanine green (ICG) and sealed up with PLGA to form long-term intraocular implants (ICG-IOL). When triggered by laser, ICG-IOL would induce photodynamic therapy (PDT). In-vitro cell viability assay and scratch wound healing assay demonstrated that ICG-IOL could effectively inhibit HLEpiC proliferation and migration without causing damage to the cells far away from it. Laser attenuation test indicated that ICG-IOL could be applied in vivo. In-vivo pharmacodynamics and safety study showed that ICG-IOL could significantly prevent the occurrence of PCO and was safe for intraocular normal tissue. All these results suggested that ICG-IOL would be a very promising candidate for PCO prevention. PMID:26456263

  16. Photodynamic therapy as a new approach in vulvovaginal candidiasis in murine model

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    Santi, Maria E.; Lopes, Rubia G.; Prates, Renato A.; Sousa, Aline; Ferreira, Luis R.; Fernandes, Adjaci U.; Bussadori, Sandra K.; Deana, Alessandro M.

    2015-02-01

    Vulvovaginal candidiasis is a common cause of vaginal infections. This study investigates the efficiency of antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT) against yeast cells in mice. Methylene blue (MB), malachite green (MG), and a special designed protoporphirin (PpNetNI) were used as photosensitizers. Female BALB-c mice were infected with Candida albicans ATCC 90028. PDT was applied with two different light sources, intravaginal and transabdominal. Vaginal washes were performed and cultivated for microbial quantification. Antimicrobial PDT was able to decrease microbial content with MB and PpNetNI (p<0.05), it was not effective, however, with MG photosensitizer. The results of this study demonstrate that aPDT may be a viable alternative treatment for vaginal candidiasis.

  17. Photodynamic therapy by topical meso-tetraphenylporphinesulfonate tetrasodium salt administration in superficial basal cell carcinomas

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    Santoro, O.; Bandieramonte, G.; Melloni, E.; Marchesini, R.; Zunino, F.; Lepera, P.; De Palo, G. )

    1990-08-01

    The efficacy of an originally developed photodynamic approach, using topical administration of tetraphenylporphinesulfonate as the photosensitizer, was evaluated in a series of 292 basal cell carcinoma lesions (less than 2-mm thick) in 50 treated patients. The lack of indication for conventional therapies was the main selection criterion. The photosensitizing agent (2% solution) was topically applied at 0.1 ml/cm2, followed by light irradiation with a dye laser emitting at 645 nm (120 or 150 J/cm2). After initial treatment, all lesions responded, with 273 (93.5%) complete responses. Recurrences were observed in 29 (10.6%). A second application of photoradiation was performed in 15 persistent lesions and 11 relapsed lesions, producing 19/26 complete responses. Our results suggest that this technique can be considered a promising alternative treatment modality in selected cases of superficial basal cell carcinomas.

  18. Photodynamic therapy of spread-skin malignancies with scanning electron beam-pumped semiconductor laser

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    Vakoulovskaya, Elena G.; Meerovich, Gennadii A.; Shental, Victor V.; Ulasyuk, V. N.

    1996-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) using quantoscope (scanning electron-beam pumped semiconductor laser, (lambda) equals 670 +/- 2 nm, P equals 10 W) and Phthalocyanine Al as photosensitizer (PS) have been provided in nine patients (27 tumor sites) with spread skin malignancies (basal cell, squamous cell cancer, melanoma, metastases of breast cancer) and cancer of lip T1 - T2 N0 M0. During PDT power density has been from 200 to 450 mW/cm2, light doses ranging from 150 to 700 J/cm2. We have fulfilled diagnostic of tumor after injection of PS and have controlled treatment using Spectral-Fluorescent Video Complex. In five patients (23 sites) we had complete clinical response and in four patients (4 sites) partial response after PDT. Results of our study show that using of scanning electron- beam pumped semiconductor laser is perspective in treating of spread skin malignancies.

  19. Photodynamic therapy of spread skin malignancies with scanning electron-beam-pumped semiconductor laser

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    Vakoulovskaya, Elena G.; Meerovich, Gennadii A.; Shental, Victor V.; Ulasyuk, V. N.; Lukyanets, Eugeny A.

    1996-01-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) using quantoscope (scanning electron-beam pumped semiconductor laser, (lambda) equals 670 plus or minus 2 nm, P equals 10 W) and Phtalocyanine Al as photosensitizer (PS) have been provided in nine patients (27 tumor sites) with spread skin malignancies (basal cell, squamous cell cancer, melanoma, metastases of breast cancer) and cancer of the lip T2 N0 M0. During PDT power density has been from 200 to 450 mW/cm2, light doses ranging from 150 to 700 J/cm2. We have fulfilled diagnostic of tumor after injection of PS and have controlled treatment using spectral- fluorescent video complex. In five patients (23 sites) we had complete clinical response and in four patients (4 sites) partial response after PDT. Results of our study show that use of scanning electron-beam-pumped semiconductor laser is promising in the treatment of spread skin malignancies.

  20. Strategy for tuning the photophysical properties of photosensitizers for use in photodynamic therapy.

    PubMed

    Siraj, Noureen; Kolic, Paulina E; Regmi, Bishnu P; Warner, Isiah M

    2015-10-01

    A novel approach for tuning spectral properties, as well as minimizing aggregation, in zinc porphyrin and zinc phthalocyanine-based compounds is presented. Particular emphasis is placed on use of these compounds as photosensitizers in photodynamic therapy (PDT). To accomplish this aim, a bulky hydrophobic cation, trihexyltetradecylphosphonium, is paired with anionic porphyrin and phthalocyanine dyes to produce a group of uniform materials based on organic salts (GUMBOS) that absorb at longer wavelengths with high molar absorptivity and high photostability. Nanoparticles derived from these GUMBOS possess positively charged surfaces with high zeta potential values, which are highly desirable for PDT. Upon irradiation at longer wavelengths, these GUMBOS produced singlet oxygen with greater efficiency as compared to the respective parent dyes. PMID:26288164