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Efficacy of photodynamic killing with membrane associated and internalized photosensitizer molecules
Author(s): Beth Allison; Frank N.J. Jiang; Julia G. Levy
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Paper Abstract

Many photosensitizers under investigation for possible use in PDT share the property of selective accumulation in malignant or abnormal tissues. However, the mechanisms by which this occurs is not understood. Although it has been established that singlet oxygen is responsible for cell killing once a photosensitizer has reached the target tissue, the cellular targets and molecular mechanisms also remain unknown. The mechanisms of selective accumulation and cytotoxicity may depend upon the photosensitizer used. In attempts to develop technology to improve selective uptake by target tissues, the authors address the question of cellular targets at a preliminary level. These studies were performed using one benzoporphyrin derivative analogue, benzoporphyrin mono-acid ring A (BPD-MA). Plasma distribution of BPD-MA shows that this lipophilic photosensitizer has a propensity to associate with plasma lipoproteins in blood. Biodistribution studies indicate that preincubation of BPD-MA with low density lipoprotein (LDL) leads to significantly greater tumor accumulation than BPD-MA in aqueous solution. Further, the technology for conjugating BPD-MA to monoclonal antibodies has been established in the laboratory. Selective photodynamic killing of a human squamous cell carcinoma cell line (A549) has been demonstrated using such a conjugate. The monoclonal antibody (MoAb) used, 5E8, has specificity for a glycoprotein detected on human squamous cell carcinoma of the lung. In this study these two delivery systems are used to compare the cytotoxicity of membrane bound and internalized photosensitizer at the cellular level. The results indicate that LDL or MoAb mediated delivery increases the selectivity and cytotoxicity of BPD-MA. Internalization of BPD-MA via either delivery mode produces significantly enhanced cell killing.

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Date Published: 1 June 1991
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1426, Optical Methods for Tumor Treatment and Early Diagnosis: Mechanisms and Techniques, (1 June 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.44059
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Beth Allison, Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
Frank N.J. Jiang, Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
Julia G. Levy, Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1426:
Optical Methods for Tumor Treatment and Early Diagnosis: Mechanisms and Techniques
Thomas J. Dougherty, Editor(s)

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