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Photodynamic Modification Of Plasma Membrane Function In Erythrocytes Sensitized By Xanthenes: What Determines Potency?
Author(s): John P. Pooler
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Paper Abstract

Several xanthene sensitizers were compared as sensitizers of membrane function in erythrocytes and some of their physico-chemical properties were examined. Eosin derivatives that localize at different membrane sites were equally effective at sensitizing both ion leaks and inactivation of membrane cholinesterase, implying that a diffusible intermediate reacts with membrane targets. Assessments of membrane loading and calculations of diffusion distances for singlet oxygen indicate that amounts of membrane-located sensitizer are quantitatively much greater than amounts in the nearby reaction medium. Potency measurements and assessment of absorption spectra and singlet oxygen production in water-dioxane mixtures lead to the conclusion that differential sorption to membranes, photon capture in low polarity environments and conversion of excited states to singlet oxygen are they key determinants of sensitizing potency.

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Date Published: 19 February 1988
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0847, New Directions in Photodynamic Therapy, (19 February 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.942700
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John P. Pooler, Emory University (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0847:
New Directions in Photodynamic Therapy
Douglas C. Neckers, Editor(s)

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