Silvia Cristina Núñez

Faculdade São Leopoldo Mandic, Conceição de Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil

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    ABSTRACT: Methylene blue (MB) is a well-known photosensitizer used mostly for antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (APDT). MB tends to aggregate, interfering negatively with its singlet oxygen generation, because MB aggregates lean towards electron transfer reactions, instead of energy transfer with oxygen. In order to avoid MB aggregation we tested the effect of urea, which destabilizes solute-solute interactions. The antimicrobial efficiency of MB (30μM) either in water or in 2M aqueous urea solution was tested against a fungus (Candida albicans). Samples were kept in the dark and irradiation was performed with a light emitting diode (λ=645nm). Without urea, 9min of irradiation was needed to achieve complete microbial eradication. In urea solution, complete eradication was obtained with 6min illumination (light energy of 14.4J). The higher efficiency of MB/urea solution was correlated with a smaller concentration of dimers, even in the presence of the microorganisms. Monomer to dimer concentration ratios were extracted from the absorption spectra of MB solutions measured as a function of MB concentration at different temperatures and at different concentrations of sodium chloride and urea. Dimerization equilibrium decreased by 3 and 6 times in 1 and 2M urea, respectively, and increased by a factor of 6 in 1M sodium chloride. The destabilization of aggregates by urea seems to be applied to other photosensitizers, since urea also destabilized aggregation of Meso-tetra(4-n-methyl-pyridyl)porphyrin, which is a positively charged porphyrin. We showed that urea destabilizes MB aggregates mainly by causing a decrease in the enthalpic gain of dimerization, which was exactly the opposite of the effect of sodium chloride. In order to understand this phenomenon at the molecular level, we computed the free energy for the dimer association process (ΔGdimer) in aqueous solution as well as its enthalpic component in aqueous and in aqueous/urea solutions by molecular dynamics simulations. In 2M-urea solution the atomistic picture revealed a preferential solvation of MB by urea compared with MB dimers while changes in ΔHdimer values demonstrated a clear shift favoring MB monomers. Therefore, MB monomers are more stable in urea solutions, which have significantly better photophysics and higher antimicrobial activity. This information can be of use for dental and medical professionals that are using MB based APDT protocols. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Journal of photochemistry and photobiology. B, Biology 03/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.jphotobiol.2015.03.018 · 2.80 Impact Factor
  • Aguinaldo S. Garcez, Silvia C. Núñez
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    ABSTRACT: Summary It is well established in the literature that the eradication of microorganisms from root canals is problematic, and current endodontic techniques are unable to consistently disinfect the root canal systems. Some factors limiting the elimination of bacteria by conventional treatment are the inability of chemical disinfectant to kill bacteria within the dentinal tubules and the anatomical complexities of the root canal, especially when microorganisms are organized in biofilms. The combination of endodontic treatment and antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT) is a new strategy that involves a non-toxic photosensitizer (PS) and a harmless visible light source. The excited PS reacts with molecular oxygen to produce highly reactive oxygen species, which induce injury to and death of microorganisms. The result of PDT is directly dependent on the presence of light, PS, and oxygen. Therefore, a good light distribution across the root canal improves the efficiency of the therapy.
    Lasers in Dentistry, 02/2015: pages 131-138; , ISBN: 9781118275023
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    ABSTRACT: Antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (APDT) combined with endodontic treatment has been recognized as an alternative approach to complement conventional root canal disinfection methods on bacterial biofilms. We developed an in vitro model of bioluminescent Candida albicans biofilm inside curved dental root canals and investigated the microbial reduction produced when different light delivery methods are employed. Each light delivery method was evaluated in respect to the light distribution provided inside curved root canals. After conventional endodontic preparation, teeth were sterilized before canals were contaminated by a bioluminescent strain of C. albicans (CEC789). Methylene blue (90 μM) was introduced into the canals and then irradiated (λ = 660 nm, P = 100 mW, beam diameter = 2 mm) with laser tip either in contact with pulp chamber or within the canal using an optical diffuser fiber. Light distribution was evaluated by CCD camera, and microbial reduction was monitored through bioluminescence imaging. Our findings demonstrated that the bioluminescent C. albicans biofilm model had good reproducibility and uniformity. Light distribution in dental tissue was markedly dependent on the light delivery system, and this strategy was directly related to microbial destruction. Both light delivery systems performed significant fungal inactivation. However, when irradiation was performed with optical diffuser fiber, microbial burden reduction was nearly 100 times more effective. Bioluminescence is an interesting real-time analysis to endodontic C. albicans biofilm inactivation. APDT showed to be an effective way to inactivate C. albicans biofilms. Diffuser fibers provided optimized light distribution inside curved root canals and significantly increased APDT efficiency.
    Lasers in Medical Science 07/2014; DOI:10.1007/s10103-014-1629-x · 2.42 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (APDT) may become a useful clinical tool to treat microbial infections, and methylene blue (MB) is a well-known photosensitizer constantly employed in APDT studies, and although MB presents good efficiency in antimicrobial studies, some of the MB photochemical characteristics still have to be evaluated in terms of APDT. This work aimed to evaluate the role of MB solvent's ionic strength regarding dimerization, photochemistry, and photodynamic antimicrobial efficiency. Microbiological survival fraction assays on Escherichia coli were employed to verify the solution's influence on MB antimicrobial activity. MB was evaluated in deionized water and 0.9% saline solution through optical absorption spectroscopy; the solutions were also analysed via dissolved oxygen availability and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. Our results show that bacterial reduction was increased in deionized water. Also we demonstrated that saline solution presents less oxygen availability than water, the dimer/monomer ratio for MB in saline is smaller than in water and MB presented a higher production of ROS in water than in 0.9% saline. Together, our results indicate the importance of the ionic strength in the photodynamic effectiveness and point out that this variable must be taken into account to design antimicrobial studies and to evaluate similar studies that might present conflicting results.
    Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences 02/2014; 13(3). DOI:10.1039/c3pp50325a · 2.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has been widely applied in pain relief in several clinical situations, including temporomandibular disorders (TMD). However, the effects of LED therapy on TMD has not been investigated. This study aims to evaluate the effects of red and infrared LEDs on: (1) tissue temperature in ex vivo and (2) pain relief and mandibular range of motion in patients with TMD. Thirty patients between 18 and 40 years old were included and randomly assigned to three groups. The two experimental groups were: the red LED (630 ± 10 nm) group and the infrared LED (850 ± 10 nm) group. The irradiation parameters were 150 mW, 300 mW/cm(2), 18 J/cm(2), and 9 J/point. The positive control group received an infrared laser (780 nm) with 70 mW, 1.7 W/cm(2), 105 J/cm(2), and 4.2 J/point. LED and laser therapies were applied bilaterally to the face for 60 s/point. Five points were irradiated: three points around the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), one point for the temporalis, and one near the masseter. Eight sessions of phototherapy were performed, twice a week for 4 weeks. Pain induced by palpating the masseter muscle and mandibular range of motion (maximum oral aperture) were measured at baseline, immediately after treatment, 7 days after treatment, and 30 days after treatment. There was an increase in tissue temperature during both the red and the infrared LED irradiation in ex vivo. There was a significant reduction of pain and increase of the maximum oral aperture for all groups (p ≥ 0.05). There was no significant difference in pain scores and maximum oral aperture between groups at baseline or any periods after treatment (p ≥ 0.05). The current study showed that red and infrared LED therapy can be useful in improving outcomes related to pain relief and orofacial function for TMD patients. We conclude that LED devices constitute an attractive alternative for LLLT.
    Lasers in Medical Science 10/2013; 30(2). DOI:10.1007/s10103-013-1444-9 · 2.42 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Objective: The aim of this study was to test photodynamic therapy (PDT) as an alternative approach to biofilm disruption on dental hard tissue, We evaluated the effect of methylene blue and a 660 nm diode laser on the viability and architecture of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacterial biofilms. Materials and methods: Ten human teeth were inoculated with bioluminescent Pseudomonas aeruginosa or Enterococcus faecalis to form 3 day biofilms in prepared root canals. Bioluminescence imaging was used to serially quantify and evaluate the bacterial viability, and scanning electron microscopic (SEM) imaging was used to assess architecture and morphology of bacterial biofilm before and after PDT employing methylene blue and 40 mW, 660 nm diode laser light delivered into the root canal via a 300 μm fiber for 240 sec, resulting in a total energy of 9.6 J. The data were statistically analyzed with analysis of variance (ANOVA) followed by Tukey test. Results: The bacterial reduction showed a dose dependence; as the light energy increased, the bioluminescence decreased in both planktonic suspension and in biofilms. The SEM analysis showed a significant reduction of biofilm on the surface. PDT promoted disruption of the biofilm and the number of adherent bacteria was reduced. Conclusions: The photodynamic effect seems to disrupt the biofilm by acting both on bacterial cells and on the extracellular matrix.
    Photomedicine and laser surgery 07/2013; DOI:10.1089/pho.2012.3341 · 1.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT) has been used to combat local infections, and it consists of the combination of a photosensitizer, a light source, and reactive oxygen species (ROS) to kill microbial cells. In this study, we evaluated the effectiveness of aPDT in the treatment of candidiasis in HIV-infected patients. Twenty-one patients were divided into three groups. Control group (CG) was treated with the conventional medication for candidiasis (fluconazole 100 mg/day during 14 days). Laser group (LG) was subjected to low-level laser therapy (LLLT), wavelength 660 nm, power of 30 mW, and fluence of 7.5 J/cm(2), in contact with mucosa during 10 sec on the affected point. An aPDT group (aPDTG) was treated with aPDT, that is, combination of a low-power laser and methylene blue 450 μg/mL. Pre-irradiation time was 1 min. Parameters of irradiation were the same ones as for the LG, and patients were single irradiated. Patients were clinically evaluated and culture analysis was performed before, immediately after, and 7, 15, and 30 days after the treatment. Results: Our results showed that fluconazole was effective; however, it did not prevent the return of the candidiasis in short-term. LLLT per se did not show any reduction on Candida spp. aPDT eradicated 100% of the colonies of this fungus and the patients did not show recurrence of candidiasis up to 30 days after the irradiation. These findings suggest that aPDT is a potential approach to oral candidiasis treatment in HIV-infected patients.
    Photomedicine and laser surgery 06/2012; 30(8):429-32. DOI:10.1089/pho.2012.3225 · 1.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) promotes biomodulation of wound healing and literature reports that light delivery during the inflammation could play a different role compared with latter phases of the healing process. The objective of this study was to investigate whether single dose of a red laser (λ = 660 nm) is different from fractionated delivery protocol in full thickness burns. Two lesions were inflicted on the back of 36 rats. In the fractionated dose group (FG), the lesions were irradiated with 1 J/cm² on days 1, 3, 8, and 10 post-wounding. In the single dose group (SG), the lesions were irradiated with 4 J/cm² on day 1, immediately after injury. Control lesions (CG) received no light and were left to heal spontaneously. Blood flow was measured on days 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, and 21 using laser Doppler flowmetry. Animals were killed on days 3, 8, 10, 15, and 21. Skin specimens were obtained and routinely processed for hematoxylin and eosin. The specimens were evaluated according to differential leukocyte counting and angiogenesis. Statistical analysis was performed, and significance was accepted at p < 0.05. Irradiated groups showed a peak of new vessels on day 15 while, for CG, the peak was on day 21. On day 21, FG exhibited a significantly greater number of cumulative neutrophils while SG showed a higher number of mononuclear cells. Our results confirm that both protocols used accelerate angiogenesis and stimulate leukocyte chemotaxis on burn treatment. In addition, this work suggests that a single-dose LLLT accelerates the inflammatory phase of skin repair.
    Lasers in Medical Science 05/2012; DOI:10.1007/s10103-012-1105-4 · 2.42 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Pseudomonas aeruginosa is considered one of the most important pathogens that represent life-threatening risk in nosocomial environments, mainly in patients with severe burns. Antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT) has been effective to kill bacteria. The purpose of this study was to develop a burn wound and bloodstream infection model and verify aPDT effects on it. In vitro, we tested two wavelengths (blue and red LEDs) on a clinical isolate of P. aeruginosa strain with resistance to multiple antibiotics using HB:La(+3) as photosensitizer. Verapamil(®) associated to aPDT was also studied. In vivo, P. aeruginosa-infected burned mice were submitted to aPDT. Bacterial counting was performed on local infection and bloodstream. Survival time of animals was also monitored. In this study, aPDT was effective to reduce P. aeruginosa in vitro. In addition, Verapamil(®) assay showed that HB:La(+3) is not recognized by ATP-binding cassete (ABC) efflux pump mechanism. In the in vivo study, aPDT was able to reduce bacterial load in burn wounds, delay bacteremia and keep the bacterial levels in blood 2-3 logs lower compared with an untreated group. Mice survival was increased on 24 h. Thus, this result suggests that aPDT may also be a novel prophylactic treatment in the care of burned patients.
    Photochemistry and Photobiology 03/2012; 88(3):590-5. DOI:10.1111/j.1751-1097.2012.01137.x · 2.68 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study analyzed the necessity of use of an optical fiber/diffusor when performing antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (PDT) associated with endodontic therapy. Fifty freshly extracted human single-rooted teeth were used. Conventional endodontic treatment was performed using a sequence of ProTaper (Dentsply Maillefer Instruments), the teeth were sterilized, and the canals were contaminated with Enterococcus faecalis 3 days' biofilm. The samples were divided into five groups: group 1-ten roots irradiated with a laser tip (area of 0.04 cm(2)), group 2-ten roots irradiated with a smaller laser tip (area of 0.028 cm(2)), and group 3-ten teeth with the crown, irradiate with the laser tip with 0.04 cm(2) of area. The forth group (G4) followed the same methodology as group 3, but the irradiation was performed with smaller tip (area of 0.028 cm(2)) and G5 ten teeth with crown were irradiated using a 200-mm-diameter fiber/diffusor coupled to diode laser. Microbiological samples were taken after accessing the canal, after endodontic therapy, and after PDT. Groups 1 and 2 showed a reduction of two logs (99%), groups 3 and 4 of one log (85% and 97%, respectively), and group 5 of four logs (99.99%). Results suggest that the use of PDT added to endodontic treatment in roots canals infected with E. faecalis with the optical fiber/diffusor is better than when the laser light is used directed at the access of cavity.
    Lasers in Medical Science 03/2012; DOI:10.1007/s10103-012-1073-8 · 2.42 Impact Factor
  • Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy 06/2011; 8(2):179-180. DOI:10.1016/j.pdpdt.2011.03.183 · 2.52 Impact Factor
  • Medicina oral, patologia oral y cirugia bucal 06/2011; 8(2):181-181. DOI:10.1016/j.pdpdt.2011.03.188 · 1.10 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study describes the use of methylene blue (MB) plus light (photodynamic inactivation, PDI) in the presence of hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2)) to kill Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, and Candida albicans. When H(2)O(2) was added to MB plus light there was an increased antimicrobial effect, which could be due to a change in the type of ROS generated or increased microbial uptake of MB. To clarify the mechanism, the production of ROS was investigated in the presence and absence of H(2)O(2). It was observed that ROS production was almost inhibited by the presence of H(2)O(2) when cells were not present. In addition, experiments using different sequence combinations of MB and H(2)O(2) were performed and MB optical properties inside the cell were analyzed. Spectroscopy experiments suggested that the amount of MB was higher inside the cells when H(2)O(2) was used before or simultaneously with PDI, and ROS formation inside C. albicans cells confirmed that ROS production is higher in the presence of H(2)O(2). Moreover enzymatic reduction of MB by E. coli during photosensitizer uptake to the photochemically inactive leucoMB could be reversed by the oxidative effects of hydrogen peroxide, increasing ROS formation inside the microorganism. Therefore, the combination of a photosensitizer such as MB and H(2)O(2) is an interesting approach to improve PDI efficiency.
    Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences 12/2010; 10(4):483-90. DOI:10.1039/c0pp00082e · 2.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Dentin hypersensitivity is a common condition associated with high dental pain. A new LED-based (light emitting diode) light source has been used as an experimental tool in some studies. Purpose: The main objective was to compare these two light sources emitting in the same spectral band (red – from 625 to 660 nm) to promote pain relief. Material and methods: A total of 6 sessions were accomplished, being three irradiation sessions and three follow-up sessions. This single-blind study compared a control group (Placebo) and two other groups with different equipments: low laser intensity treatment (LILT) and a light emitting diode system treatment (LEDT). Results: The results showed that there is no statistical difference between LILT and LEDT groups, however, both were better than control group (p ≤ 0.01) in terms of treatment efficiency; there is no difference between the second and the third sessions for both treatment, it means that the third session was not necessary; finally, the improvement at the end of the entire research (follow up care of 30 days) was very expressive in comparison to pre-treatment situation for all teeth (p ≤ 0.01). Conclusion: LILT and LEDT were equally effective to treat dentine hypersensitivity, a 3rd treatment session was not necessary/two sessions are enough. (© 2010 by Astro Ltd., Published exclusively by WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA)
    Laser Physics Letters 11/2010; 7(11):805 - 811. DOI:10.1002/lapl.201010060 · 2.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study reports the antimicrobial effect of photodynamic therapy (PDT) combined with endodontic treatment in patients with necrotic pulp infected with microflora resistant to a previous antibiotic therapy. Thirty anterior teeth from 21 patients with periapical lesions that had been treated with conventional endodontic treatment and antibiotic therapy were selected. Microbiological samples were taken (1) after accessing the root canal, (2) after endodontic therapy, and (3) after PDT. All the patients had at least 1 microorganism resistant to antibiotics. PDT used polyethylenimine chlorin(e6) as a photosensitizer and a diode laser as a light source (P = 40 mW, t = 4 minutes, E = 9.6 J). Endodontic therapy alone produced a significant reduction in numbers of microbial species but only 3 teeth were free of bacteria, whereas the combination of endodontic therapy with PDT eliminated all drug-resistant species and all teeth were bacteria-free. The use of PDT added to conventional endodontic treatment leads to a further major reduction of microbial load. PDT is an efficient treatment to kill multi-drug resistant microorganisms.
    Journal of endodontics 09/2010; 36(9):1463-6. DOI:10.1016/j.joen.2010.06.001 · 2.79 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Photodynamic antimicrobial therapy (PAT) may become a useful clinical tool to treat microbial infections, overcoming microbial resistance that is a major problem nowadays. The aim of our work was to verify the damage caused by photosensitization over a Escherichia col) via atomic force microscopy (AFM), looking for structural changes that might occur in cells after PAT. Cells culture were grown until a stationary phase to reach a concentration of approximately 108 cells/mL allowing the production of extracellular slime in a biofilm-like structure. The cells including the extracellular matrix were put in a slide and its structure was observed using AFM; subsequently a water solution of methylene blue at 60muM was applied over the cells and a pre-irradiation time of 3 minutes was waited and followed by illumination with a diode laser (lambda=660nm, power 40mW, 3min, fluence 180J/cm2, beam diameter 0.04cm2). The same cells were observed and the images stored. A second set of experiments was performed with a smaller number of cells/area and without extracellular slime, using the parameters abovementioned. The results showed alterations on cellular scaffold markedly dependent on the number of cells and the presence of extracellular slime. The slime is targeted by the photosensitizer, and after irradiation a destruction of the matrix was observed; when fewer cells were evaluated the destruction is much more evident. The images suggested rupture of the cellular membrane and cellular fragments were observed. Our findings indicate that AFM seems is a useful tool to investigate parameters linked with photodestruction of microorganisms.
    Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering 04/2010; DOI:10.1117/12.854589 · 0.20 Impact Factor
  • American Journal of Critical Care 11/2009; 18(6):508-509. DOI:10.4037/ajcc2009285 · 1.60 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Recent progress in identification of oral microorganisms has shown that the oropharynx can be a site of origin for dissemination of pathogenic organisms to distant body sites, such as the lungs. To compare the oropharyngeal microbiological profile, duration of mechanical ventilation, and length of stay in the intensive care unit of children receiving mechanical ventilation who had pharmacological or nonpharmacological oral care. A randomized and controlled study was performed in a pediatric intensive unit in São Paulo, Brazil. A total of 56 children were randomly assigned to an experimental group (n=27, 48%) that received oral care with use of 0.12% chlorhexidine digluconate or a control group (n=29, 52%) that received oral care without an antiseptic. Oropharyngeal secretions were collected and cultured on days 0, 2, and 4, and at discharge. The 2 groups had similar demographic characteristics, preexisting underlying diseases, and pharmacological, nutritional, and ventilatory support. Gram-negative bacteria were the predominant pathogens: Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Enter-obacter species. The 2 groups did not differ significantly in the colonization of normal (P= .72) or pathogenic (P= .62) flora, in the duration of mechanical ventilation (P= .67), or in length of stay in the intensive care (P= .22). Use of chlorhexidine combined with nonpharmacological oral care did not decrease the colonization profile, duration of mechanical ventilation, or length of stay in critically ill children receiving mechanical ventilation.
    American Journal of Critical Care 08/2009; 18(4):319-28; quiz 329. DOI:10.4037/ajcc2009121 · 1.60 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of laser phototherapy as preventive and therapeutic regime on induced-oral mucositis in hamsters. The animals were divided into four groups: preventive cryotherapy, preventive laser, therapeutic laser and therapeutic control group. Mucositis was induced in hamsters by intraperitoneal injection of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and superficial scratching. All preventive treatment was performed on the right cheek pouch mucosa. The left pouch mucosa was used for a spontaneous development of mucositis and did not receive any preventive therapy. Laser parameters were: lambda=660nm, P= 30mW, D=1.2J/cm(2), Deltat=40s, spot size 3mm(2), I=1W/cm(2). Cryotherapy was done positioning ice packs in the hamster mucosa 5min before 5-FU infusion and 10min afterward. To study the healing of mucositis, the left pouch mucosa of each of the hamsters in the TLG received laser irradiation on the injured area. Irradiation parameters were kept the same as abovementioned. The control hamsters in the TCG did not receive any treatment. The mucositis degree and the animal's body mass were evaluated. An assessment of blood vessels was made based on immunohistochemical staining. The CG animals lost 15.16% of theirs initial body mass while the LG animals lost 8.97% during the first 5 days. The laser treated animals had a better clinical outcome with a faster healing, and more granulation tissue. The quantity of blood vessels at both LG and CG were higher than in healthy mucosa. Regarding the therapeutic analysis, the severity of the mucositis in the TLG was always lower than TCG. TLG presented higher organization of the granulation tissue, parallel collagen fibrils, and increased angiogenesis. The results suggest that laser phototherapy had a positive effect in reducing mucositis severity, and a more pronounced effect in treating established mucositis.
    Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B Biology 10/2008; 94(1):25-31. DOI:10.1016/j.jphotobiol.2008.09.006 · 2.80 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study analyzed the antimicrobial effect of photodynamic therapy (PDT) in association with endodontic treatment. Twenty patients were selected. Microbiological samples were taken after accessing the canal, endodontic therapy, and PDT. At the end of the first session, the root canal was filled with Ca(OH)(2), and after 1 week, a second session of the therapies was performed. Endodontic therapy gave a mean reduction of 1.08 log. The combination with PDT significantly enhanced the reduction (1.83 log, p = 0.00002). The second endodontic session gave a similar diminution to the first (1.14 log), and the second PDT was significantly more effective than the first (p = 0.002). The second total reduction was significantly higher than the second endodontic therapy (p = 0.0000005). The total first + second reduction (3.19 log) was significantly different from the first combination (p = 0.00006). Results suggest that the use of PDT added to endodontic treatment leads to an enhanced decrease of bacterial load and may be an appropriate approach for the treatment of oral infections.
    Journal of Endodontics 03/2008; 34(2):138-42. DOI:10.1016/j.joen.2007.10.020 · 2.79 Impact Factor

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441 Citations
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Institutions

  • 2013
    • Faculdade São Leopoldo Mandic
      Conceição de Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 2012
    • CNEN - Comissão Nacional de Energia Nuclear
      Arrecife, Pernambuco, Brazil
  • 2008–2010
    • University of São Paulo
      San Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 2006
    • CEP America
      Emeryville, California, United States
  • 2004
    • Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares
      • Center for Laser and Applications (CLA)
      San Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil