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09 December 2016 : Original article  

Phototoxicity of Liposomal Zn- and Al-phthalocyanine Against Cervical and Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma Cells In Vitro

Jason YoungABCD, Michael YeeABC, Hayoung KimBCD, Jennifer CheungBCD, Takahiro ChinoBCDE, Nejat DüzgüneşADEFG, Krystyna KonopkaABCDEFG

DOI: 10.12659/MSMBR.901039

Med Sci Monit Basic Res 2016; 22:156-164


BACKGROUND: Photodynamic therapy (PDT) utilizes light to activate a photosensitizer in the presence of oxygen, and leads to local photodamage by the generation of highly reactive oxygen species (ROS). Liposomal delivery of photosensitizers is adaptable to the treatment of cancers. We examined the phototoxicity of free or liposome-embedded phthalocyanine photosensitizers using HeLa cervical carcinoma and HSC-3 oral squamous cell carcinoma cells.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: Liposomes were composed of palmitoyloleoyphosphatidylcholine (POPC): phosphatidylglycerol (PG), and contained either zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc) or aluminum phthalocyanine chloride (AlPc). Free or liposomal ZnPc and AlPc were incubated with cells for 24 h at 37°C. Cells incubated with ZnPc were exposed to broadband visible light (350–800 nm; light dose 43.2 J/cm²), whereas cells treated with AlPc were exposed to light at 690 nm (light dose 3.6 J/cm²). The effect of folate receptor-targeted liposomal ZnPc was evaluated with HeLa cells. Cytotoxicity was analyzed by the Alamar Blue assay.

RESULTS: Cell viability, expressed as a percentage of control cells, was calculated according to the formula [(A570–A600) of test cells]×100/[(A570–A600) of control cells]. The relative percentage changes then defined the phototoxic efficacy of the experimental conditions. In HeLa cells, 1 µM free ZnPc and AlPc, reduced cell viability to 52.7±2.1 and 15.4±8.0%, respectively. Liposomal phthalocyanines, at 0.1, 0.5, and 1.0 µM, reduced the viability to 68.0±8.6, 15.1±9.9 and 0% (ZnPc), and to 25.8±8.2, 0 and 0% (AlPc), respectively. In HSC-3 cells, 1 µM free ZnPc and AlPc, reduced cell viability to 22.1±2.8 and 56.6±8.6%, respectively. With 1 µM liposomal ZnPc and AlPc, the viability was reduced to 0 and 21.3±0.3%, respectively.

CONCLUSIONS: The embedding of phthalocyanines in liposomes enhanced their phototoxicity and this effect was dependent on cell type.

Keywords: Folate Receptor 1, Head and Neck Neoplasms, Liposomes, Photochemotherapy

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