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Formation and accumulation of protoporphyrin IX in tumor and nontumor cell lines induced by 5-aminolevulinic acid
Author(s): Sandra R.P.D Fernandez; Marilia Milanetto; Vanderlei Salvador Bagnato; Hidetake Imasato; Janice R. Perussi
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Paper Abstract

The endogenous photosensitizer 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) is a haem precursor and induces the synthesis of protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) in mitochondria-containing cells. Due to the slow conversion of porphyrins to haem, high levels of PPIX are found in the tissues, sufficient to produce a photodynamic effect following exposure to light. Since PpIX accumulates effectively in tumor cells, the use of ALA leads to a better photoselectivity than Photofrin. However, this selectivity has not been sufficiently studied. As far as we know there is just one study comparing the amount of accumulated PpIX in non-tumor and tumor cell lines. In this work we attempt to compare not just the production but also the accumulation and cytotoxicity of PpIX in non-tumor (VERO) versus tumor (Hep-2) cells induced by the use of ALA. The results have shown that both non-tumor and tumor cell lines produce the same amount of PpIX but just the tumor cells can accumulate PpIX. So, under illumination, only the tumor cells will be killed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 April 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5689, Optical Methods for Tumor Treatment and Detection: Mechanisms and Techniques in Photodynamic Therapy XIV, (8 April 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.588779
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Sandra R.P.D Fernandez, Instituto de Quimica de Sao Carlos (Brazil)
Marilia Milanetto, Instituto de Quimica de Sao Carlos (Brazil)
Vanderlei Salvador Bagnato, Instituto de Fisica de Sao Carlos (Brazil)
Hidetake Imasato, Instituto de Quimica de Sao Carlos (Brazil)
Janice R. Perussi, Instituto de Quimica de Sao Carlos (Brazil)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5689:
Optical Methods for Tumor Treatment and Detection: Mechanisms and Techniques in Photodynamic Therapy XIV
David Kessel, Editor(s)

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