Laser-induced Fluorescence In Malignant and Normal Tissue of Rats Injected With Benzoporphyrin Derivative

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Laser-induced fluorescence was used to characterize the localization of intravenously administered benzoporphyrin derivative-monoacid (BPD-MA) 3 h postinjection in different rat tissue types, including an induced experimental malignant tumor. A comparison of the fluorescence properties and the demarcation potential between the newer sensitizer BPD-MA and four other substances, hematoporphyrin (HP), polyhematoporphyrin ester (PHE), tetrasulfonated phthalocyanine (TSPc) and the commercially available Photofrin earlier investigated, is included. The fluorescence light was induced with a nitrogen laser, emitting at 337 nm. The fluorescence spectrum in the region 380-750 nm was analyzed by a polychromator equipped with a diode array detector. The demarcation potential between tumor and surrounding tissue in terms of fluorescence signal for the tumor model used was 2:1 for BPD-MA. In comparison with the other drugs, HP shows about the same demarcation potential, whereas Photofrin and PHE exhibit about 3 times better and TSPc about 1.5 times better demarcation. By also employing the endogenous tissue fluorescence signature the contrast was enhanced by a factor of about 2 for each of the five drugs.


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  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)978-983
JournalPhotochemistry and Photobiology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1993
Publication categoryResearch