Can dendritic cells see light?
Author(s)Hamblin, Michael R.; Chen, Aaron Chih-Hao; Huang, Ying-Ying; Sharma, Sulbha K.
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There are many reports showing that low-level light/laser therapy (LLLT) can enhance wound healing, upregulate cell proliferation and has anti-apoptotic effects by activating intracellular protective genes. In the field of immune response study, it is not known with any certainty whether light/laser is proinflammatory or anti-inflammatory. Increasingly in recent times dendritic cells have been found to play an important role in inflammation and the immunological response. In this study, we try to look at the impact of low level near infrared light (810-nm) on murine bone-marrow derived dendritic cells. Changes in surface markers, including MHC II, CD80 and CD11c and the secretion of interleukins induced by light may provide additional evidence to reveal the mystery of how light affects the maturation of dendritic cells as well how these light-induced mature dendritic cells would affect the activation of adaptive immune response.
DepartmentHarvard University--MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology
Proceedings of the Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers
Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers
Chen, Aaron C.-H. et al. “Can dendritic cells see light?.” Biophotonics and Immune Responses V. Ed. Wei R. Chen. San Francisco, California, USA: SPIE, 2010. 756504-7. ©2010 SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering.
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