Alberto Colasanti

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The blue beam of an Argon laser (488 nm) has been focused on the cell membrane in the presence of phenol-red, an usual component of cell culture media, through a 100 x objective. At the site of the beam impact, due probably to local temperature changes, the cell membrane modifies its permeability. As a consequence of the hit, circular areas, whose radius(More)
Treatments currently employed for plantar warts are often painful (electrosurgery, cryotherapy) and not always effective (keratolytic agents). In this paper we investigate the effect of photodynamic therapy (PDT) with topical delta-aminolaevulinic acid (ALA) on plantar warts. In order to remove the superficial hyperkeratotic layer of the warts an ointment(More)
We have investigated the photoactivating effect of hypericin on two cancer cell lines: PC-3, a prostatic adenocarcinoma non-responsive to androgen therapy and LNCaP, a lymphonodal metastasis of prostate carcinoma responsive to androgen therapy. The two cell lines are incubated for 24 h with hypericin at concentrations ranging from 0.001 to 0.3 microg/ml in(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE MS-2 fibrosarcoma implanted in BALB-CDF1 mice was investigated by frequency and time domain measurements of the autofluorescence (AF) radiation emitted upon excitation by a N(2) laser beam (337.1 nm). STUDY DESIGN/MATERIALS AND METHODS AF spectra were obtained by using a spectrograph, a multichannel plate and an optical(More)
Newly synthesized daunomycin derivatives with red-shifted absorption compared to the parent molecule are shown to be able to photosensitize cells in vitro upon excitation with either argon or argon-pumped dye laser. Administering 86 J/cm2 total fluence (1 h irradiation) to Fisher rat thyroid cells during 2 h incubation with either daunomycin (excitation(More)
Administering a light dose of 90 J/cm2 at 599 nm during incubation with hypericin to a highly differentiated normal epithelial cell line (FRTL-5), derived from Fisher rat thyroid, and to a neoplastic cell line (MPTK-6), derived from the lung metastases of a thyroid carcinoma induced in Fisher rats, produces cell kill at drug doses 1000 times lower than(More)
Human prostate cancer cells were evaluated for growth after photodynamic therapy, radiotherapy, and combined treatment. Indocyanine green was tested as a photosensitizer and radiosensitizer. Two human cell lines were used: PC-3 derived from prostate carcinoma, and EPN derived from normal prostate tissue. The light source used for the photoactivation(More)
The absorption, fluorescence and S1 state kinetics of anthracycline antitumour drugs (e.g. daunomycin, adriamycin) and several imino- and/or amino-substituted derivatives are investigated. The study, which includes all anthracyclines which possess photocytocidal activity, is extended to the disubstituted aminoanthracenedione, mitoxantrone, a(More)
We investigate the efficacy of daunomycin, some imino- and amino-substituted daunomycin analogues and the disubstituted aminoanthracenedione, mitoxantrone, in photosensitizing short-term cell kill upon irradiation in the long wavelength visible range, during incubation of Fisher rat thyroid cells with the drugs. While all compounds exhibit similar cytocidal(More)
We describe a fluorometric technique for the measurement of transport parameters of fluorescent drugs through cellular membranes. Unlike other procedures, this method gives an accurate measure of drug accumulated in the cells and measures the fraction of free and bound drug in the cell. The kinetic parameters of transport through cellular membranes are(More)