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TOMAZINI, Marília Vannuchi; SOUZA, Cacilda da Silva; GARCIA, Sérgio Britto  and  TEDESCO, Antônio Cláudio. Topical photodynamic therapy with zinc phthalocyanine: evaluation of fluorescence intensity, skin absorption, skin histological and immunohistochemical changes in animal model. An. Bras. Dermatol. [online]. 2007, vol.82, n.6, pp.535-541. ISSN 0365-0596.

BACKGROUND - Phthalocyanines are promising photosensitizers used in photodynamic therapy (PDT). OBJECTIVES - To evaluate the following parameters: intervals, vehicles and enhancer using topical zinc-phthalocyanine (Zn-PC) formulation. To examine macro and micromorphological changes and Fas expression induced by topical Zn-PC-PDT on murine skin. MATERIAL AND METHODS - Using fluorescence spectrometry, different intervals of topical occlusion employing Zn-PC gel or emulsion, with or without monolein 5% were studied. After an 8-hour occlusion of different formulations, the mice were exposed to 670 nm laser, at a 50 dose. RESULTS - Fluorescence was slightly higher after 8 hours, and also with emulsion formulation at one-, two- and four-hour occlusion periods. The intensity of edema and erosion were correlated to epidermal necrosis and to Fas immunoexpression in skin histological specimens. CONCLUSIONS - The results show the effects of photodynamic action promoted by the interaction between Zn-PC formulation and a 670-nm light source. Macro and micromorphological alterations were correlated and more substantial with monolein and Zn-PC emulsion, suggesting more marked effects with this formulation. The Fas immunoexpression and histological changes suggested that apoptosis plays a role in the mechanism of cell death caused by PDT based in Zn-PC.

Keywords : Apoptosis; Immunohistochemistry; Lasers; Models, animal; Photochemotherapy; Skin absorption; Spectrometry, fluorescence.

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