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The photosensitizing properties of bacteriochlorin a (BCA), a nontoxic derivative of bacteriochlorophyll a, were investigated in vivo. BCA has an absorption band at a wavelength at which tissue penetration is optimal (760 nm), and it shows preferential tumor retention in Greene melanoma implanted in the anterior chamber of rabbit eyes. A dose of 20 mg/kg(More)
Three substituted zinc (II) phthalocyanines (one anionic, one cationic and one hydrophobic) have been compared to two clinically used photosensitisers, 5,10,15,20-tetra (m-hydroxyphenyl) chlorin (mTHPC) and polyhaematoporphyrin (PHP), as potential agents for photodynamic therapy (PDT). Oxygen-consumption experiments, performed to follow the photo-oxidation(More)
Bacteriochlorin a (BCA), a derivative of bacteriochlorphyll a, is an effective photosensitiser in vitro and in vivo. BCA has a major absorption peak at 760 nm where tissue penetration is optimal. This property, together with rapid tissue clearance promises minor skin photosensitivity. The tissue localising and photodynamic properties of BCA were studied(More)
To study the development of tissue and cell damage, the early morphologic changes induced by photodynamic therapy (PDT) with the new photosensitizer bacteriochlorin a (BCA) were investigated in Greene hamster melanoma implanted in the anterior eye chamber of white rabbits up to 24 hr after BCA-PDT, using light and electron microscopy. Immediately after(More)
The photodynamic inactivation of retroviruses was investigated using aluminium and zinc phthalocyanine (Pc) derivatives. The N2 retrovirus packaged in either of the two murine cell lines, Psi2 and PA317, was used as a model for enveloped viruses. AlPc derivatives were found to be more effective photodynamically for inactivation of the viruses than the(More)
A study of RBC membrane functions was performed in four patients suffering from familial hypokalemic periodic paralysis who had permanent muscular weakness. Electrophoretograms of membrane proteins, cell deformability, calcium-promoted potassium efflux, calcium-ATPase activity, and endogeneous phosphorylation of membrane proteins were all within the normal(More)
Several red cell membrane properties and activities of membrane-bound enzymes were investigated in blood samples of patients with Huntington's disease. (Na(+)+K(+)) ATPase activity and cell deformability appeared to be normal, in contradiction to preceding reports from other laboratories. With other techniques sensitive to relatively small changes in(More)
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