Hematoporphyrin-Derivative (HpD), a widely-used tumor-specific photosensitizer, is a complex mixture of porphyrins whose composition has yet to be clarified. This paper reports on the behaviour of HpD in saline. From a spectroscopic point of view, the fresh solution is characterized by two main absorption peaks, attributable to monomeric and dimeric forms. With aging, a new porphyrin species (NPS) appears. To define the NPS, absorption, excitation and emission spectra were measured in different conditions and time-resolved fluorescence measurements were also performed. This species exhibits an absorption/excitation peak at 405 nm, an emission peak at 575 nm and a fluorescence decay time of ∼3.5 ns. Its formation is strongly influenced by many environmental factors: in particular, gases diluted in the solution, temperature, pH and concentration. The presence of Oxygen and a pH value outside the 6–8 range may be considered inhibiting factors. The NPS seems to be quite important in the understanding of HpD tumor-specificity, since the presence of an emission band similar to the NPS one seems to be favoured in tumor cells as compared with normal cells.

The time-dependent behaviour of Hematoporphyrin Derivative in saline: a study of the spectral modifications

BUCETA SANDE DE FREITAS, MARIA ISABEL;
1984

Abstract

Hematoporphyrin-Derivative (HpD), a widely-used tumor-specific photosensitizer, is a complex mixture of porphyrins whose composition has yet to be clarified. This paper reports on the behaviour of HpD in saline. From a spectroscopic point of view, the fresh solution is characterized by two main absorption peaks, attributable to monomeric and dimeric forms. With aging, a new porphyrin species (NPS) appears. To define the NPS, absorption, excitation and emission spectra were measured in different conditions and time-resolved fluorescence measurements were also performed. This species exhibits an absorption/excitation peak at 405 nm, an emission peak at 575 nm and a fluorescence decay time of ∼3.5 ns. Its formation is strongly influenced by many environmental factors: in particular, gases diluted in the solution, temperature, pH and concentration. The presence of Oxygen and a pH value outside the 6–8 range may be considered inhibiting factors. The NPS seems to be quite important in the understanding of HpD tumor-specificity, since the presence of an emission band similar to the NPS one seems to be favoured in tumor cells as compared with normal cells.
File in questo prodotto:
Non ci sono file associati a questo prodotto.

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: https://hdl.handle.net/11571/100191
Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus ND
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? ND
social impact