In vitro evaluation of low-intensity light radiation on murine melanoma (B16F10) cells

Med Biol Eng Comput. 2016 Mar;54(2-3):325-32. doi: 10.1007/s11517-015-1313-8. Epub 2015 May 23.


Changes in the energy state of biomolecules induced by electromagnetic radiation lead to changes in biological functions of irradiated biomolecules. Using the RRM approach, it was computationally predicted that far-infrared light irradiation in the range of 3500-6000 nm affects biological activity of proto-oncogene proteins. This in vitro study evaluates quantitatively and qualitatively the effects of selected far-infrared exposures in the computationally determined wavelengths on mouse melanoma B16F10 cells and Chinese hamster ovarian (CHO) cells by MTT (thiazolyl blue tetrazolium bromide) cell proliferation assay and confocal laser-scanning microscopy (CLSM). This paper also presents the findings obtained from irradiating B16F10 and CHO cells by the selected wavelengths in visible and near-infrared range. The MTT results show that far-infrared wavelength irradiation induces detrimental effect on cellular viability of B16F10 cells, while that of normal CHO cells is not affected considerably. Moreover, CLSM images demonstrate visible cellular detachment of cancer cells. The observed effects support the hypothesis that far-infrared light irradiation within the computationally determined wavelength range induces biological effect on cancer cells. From irradiation of selected visible and near-infrared wavelengths, no visible changes were detected in cellular viability of either normal or cancer cells.

Keywords: B16F10 and CHO cells; Electromagnetic radiation (EMR); Far-infrared wavelength; Visible and near-infrared wavelength.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Apoptosis / radiation effects
  • CHO Cells
  • Cell Survival / radiation effects
  • Cricetinae
  • Cricetulus
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Radiation
  • Infrared Rays*
  • Melanoma, Experimental / pathology*
  • Mice
  • Microscopy, Confocal
  • Necrosis