Inactivation of fungi in vitro by photosensitization: preliminary results.

Albinas Lugauskas 1, Dalia Peciulyte 1, Zivile Luksiene 2
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2 - Institute of Materials Science and Applied Research, Sauletekio 9, Vilnius,10223,Lithuania.
Ann Agric Environ Med
2004; 11 (2):
ICID: 142665
Photosensitization is based on the interaction of 2 completely non-toxicagents--a photosensitizer, accumulated in microorganisms, and visible light. This interaction inducesradical-based cytotoxic reactions in the presence of oxygen. The photosensitization phenomenon is widelyinvolved in the treatment of tumors in oncology, in curing arthritis and atherosclerosis. In this work,the possibility to inactivate pathogenic and harmful fungi by photosensitization is shown. A new treatmentmethodology is proposed on the basis of effective inactivation of the several micromycetes, such as Aspergillusflavus, Trichothecium roseum, Fusarium avenaceum, Rhizopus oryzae, by photosensitization.
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