Porphyrins as photosensitizers.

@article{Bonnett1989PorphyrinsAP,
  title={Porphyrins as photosensitizers.},
  author={Raymond Bonnett and MorrisC. Berenbaum},
  journal={Ciba Foundation symposium},
  year={1989},
  volume={146},
  pages={
          40-53; discussion 53-9
        }
}
The porphyrins have two important roles in photobiology: in photosynthesis, which has evolved and is highly organized morphologically; and in the photodynamic effect, which is adventitious. The damage to tissue that results from photodynamic action is regarded as arising from a number of pathways, but singlet oxygen generation is a major route. Even for the latter mechanism, a number of target molecules are possible. Compared with photosynthesis, it is a very disorganized process. Since the mid… CONTINUE READING
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