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J Photochem Photobiol B. 2011 Dec 2;105(3):175-82. doi: 10.1016/j.jphotobiol.2011.08.009. Epub 2011 Sep 6.

Enhancement of cutaneous immune response to bacterial infection after low-level light therapy with 1072 nm infrared light: a preliminary study.

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Department of Microbiology, Korea University Medical School, 126-1, 5-Ga, Anam-Dong, Seongbuk-Gu, Seoul 136-705, South Korea.


We investigated the photobiomodulation effects of 1072 nm infrared light on the natural immune response involved in anti-bacterial and wound healing processes. Thirty mice infected with MRSA on the skin were divided into two groups. The experimental group was treated with 1072 nm infrared light (irradiance: 20 mW/cm(2), fluence: 12 J/cm(2) for 10 min) at 2, 4, 8, 12, 24 h, 3 and 5 days after inoculation and the control group with sham light. Serial changes of the mRNA levels of TLR2, IL-1β, TNF-α, IL-6, iNOS, MCP-1, TGF-β, bFGF and VEGF were studied by real time RT-PCR and those of the expression level of VEGF, bFGF, TGF-β and NF-κB by immunohistochemistry. The mRNA levels of the cytokines involved in the early phase of anti-bacterial immune response (IL-1β, TNF-α, IL-6, MCP-1) increased significantly in the 1072 nm group, peaking between 12 and 24 h post-inoculation. These levels normalized after 3-5 days. Immunohistochemistry revealed a notably stronger expression of VEGF in the 1072 nm group from 8-h post-inoculation to 5-day post-inoculation. We concluded that 1072 nm infrared light had a photobiomodulation effect which resulted in an enhanced biological immune response to the bacterial infection by MRSA and also increased the expression of VEGF to a significant level.

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