Phototoxic damage to sebaceous glands and hair follicles of mice after systemic administration of 5-aminolevulinic acid correlates with localized protoporphyrin IX fluorescence.

The skin of albino mice given 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) by intraperitoneal injection rapidly developed the characteristic red fluorescence of protoporphyrin IX. Fluorescence microscopy of frozen tissue sections revealed intense red fluorescence within the sebaceous glands and a much weaker fluorescence within the epidermis and hair follicles. Little or no… CONTINUE READING