Effects of low-level He-Ne laser irradiation on the gene expression of IL-1beta, TNF-alpha, IFN-gamma, TGF-beta, bFGF, and PDGF in rat's gingiva

Lasers Med Sci. 2008 Jul;23(3):331-5. doi: 10.1007/s10103-007-0491-5. Epub 2007 Sep 5.


Biostimulatory effects of laser irradiation on cell proliferation and wound healing has been reported. However, little is known about the molecular basis of the mechanism. Interleukin 1beta (IL-1beta), tumor necrotic factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), and interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) play an important role in inflammation, while platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) and blood-derived fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) are the most important growth factors of periodontal tissues. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of low-level He-Ne laser on the gene expression of these mediators in rats' gingiva and mucosal tissues. Twenty male Wistar rats were randomly assigned into four groups (A(24), A(48), B(24), B(48)) in which A(24) and A(48) were cases and B(24), B(48) were controls. An incision was made on gingiva and mucosa of the labial surface of the rats' mandibular incisors. Group A(24) was irradiated twice with 24 hours interval, while the inflamed tissues of group A(48) was irradiated three times with continuous He-Ne laser (632.8 nm) at a dose of 7.5 J/cm2 for 300 s. An energy of 5.1 J was given to the 68 mm(2) irradiation zone. Rats were killed 30 min after the last irradiation of case and control groups, then excisional biopsy was performed. Gene expression of the cytokines was measured using reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) technique. Results were analyzed with Kruskal-Wallis and Mann-Whitney U tests. The gene expression of IL-1beta and IFN-gamma was significantly inhibited in the test groups (P < 0.05), while the gene expression of PDGF and TGF-beta were significantly increased (P < 0.05). The case and control groups did not have a significant difference in the gene expression of TNF-alpha and bFGF (P > 0.05). These findings suggest that low-level He-Ne laser irradiation decreases the amount of inflammation and accelerates the wound healing process by changing the expression of genes responsible for the production of inflammatory cytokines.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Fibroblast Growth Factor 2 / genetics
  • Fibroblast Growth Factor 2 / metabolism
  • Gene Expression / radiation effects*
  • Gingiva / radiation effects*
  • Helium
  • Interferon-gamma / genetics
  • Interferon-gamma / metabolism
  • Interleukin-1beta / genetics
  • Interleukin-1beta / metabolism
  • Low-Level Light Therapy / instrumentation*
  • Male
  • Neon
  • Platelet-Derived Growth Factor / genetics
  • Platelet-Derived Growth Factor / metabolism
  • Random Allocation
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Transforming Growth Factor beta / genetics
  • Transforming Growth Factor beta / metabolism
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha / genetics
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha / metabolism


  • Interleukin-1beta
  • Platelet-Derived Growth Factor
  • Transforming Growth Factor beta
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha
  • Fibroblast Growth Factor 2
  • Helium
  • Neon
  • Interferon-gamma