1 November 1991 Phthalocyanines as phototherapeutic agents for tumors
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Abstract
Zn(II)-phthalocyanine (ZnPc) is a tetraazaisoindole pigment which can be prepared by chemical synthesis with a high degree of purity, and it efficiently absorbs 680 nm of light. These properties, associated with its ability to generate activated oxygen species (e.g., singlet oxygen) upon photoexcitation, make ZnPc a potential phototherapeutic agent. Actually, upon delivery of ZnPc to tumor-bearing animals after incorporation into liposomal vesicles, the dye was uptaken and retained by the tumor tissue in significant amounts and with a good degree of selectivity. Irradiation of the ZnPc-loaded tumor area with ca. 680 nm of light caused tumor necrosis to an extent which was related to the dye concentration in the tumor.
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Giulio Jori, Elena Reddi, Roberta Biolo, Laura Polo, Giuliana Valduga, "Phthalocyanines as phototherapeutic agents for tumors", Proc. SPIE 1525, Future Trends in Biomedical Applications of Lasers, (1 November 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.48199; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.48199
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