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J Photochem Photobiol B. 1998 Apr;43(1):34-40.

A robust, inexpensive filter for blocking UVC radiation in broad-spectrum 'UVB' lamps.

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Biology Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY 11973-5000, USA.


Accurate studies of the biological effects of UBV radiation require suitable laboratory sources. Lamps labeled as UVB sources often emit UVC radiation that contributes significantly to the levels of DNA damage. The UVC from an unfiltered UVB source produced more pyrimidine dimers in soybean DNA than a lamp filtered by a Pyrex dish that removes wavelengths of < 280 nm. Calculations based on action spectra and on the emission spectra of unfiltered lamps indicate that UVC contributes approximately 13%, 4% and approximately 1% of the total dimers induced in unshielded cells or DNA, alfalfa cotyledons, and human skin, respectively. Further, relative to a Pyrex dish-filtered lamp, an unfiltered lamp would produce approximately 7-, 2.4- or 2.8-fold more dimers in these three biological systems. We report here that a Pyrex dish provides an effective, stable, robust and inexpensive filter for reducing or excluding the contribution of UVC to damage induced by broad-spectrum 'UVB' lamps.

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