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J Photochem Photobiol B. 2007 Mar 1;86(3):279-82. Epub 2006 Nov 20.

Evaluation of mitochondrial respiratory chain activity in wound healing by low-level laser therapy.

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Laboratório de Fisiologia e Bioquímica do Exercício, Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense, 88806-000 Criciúma, SC, Brazil.


Laser therapy is used in many biomedical sciences to promote tissue regeneration. Many studies involving low-level laser therapy have shown that the healing process is enhanced by such therapy. In this work, we evaluated mitochondrial respiratory chain complexes II and IV and succinate dehydrogenase activities in wounds after irradiation with low-level laser. The animals were divided into two groups: group 1, the animals had no local nor systemic treatment and were considered as control wounds; group 2, the wounds were treated immediately after they were made and every day after with a low-level laser (AsGa, wavelength of 904 nm) for 10 days. The results showed that low-level laser therapy improved wound healing. Besides, our results showed that low-level laser therapy significantly increased the activities of complexes II and IV but did not affect succinate dehydrogenase activity. These findings are in accordance to other works, where cytochrome c oxidase (complex IV) seems to be activated by low-level laser therapy. Besides, we showed, for the first time, that complex II activity was also activated. More studies are being carried out in order to evaluate other mitochondrial enzymes activities after different doses and irradiation time of low-level laser.

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