Study on mechanism of release oxygen by photo-excited hemoglobin in low-level laser therapy

Lasers Med Sci. 2018 Jan;33(1):135-139. doi: 10.1007/s10103-017-2363-y. Epub 2017 Oct 25.


According to the calculated results on the charge distribution of oxygenated heme and deoxygenated heme, and based on the theory of electron excitations in photo-acceptor molecules and the absorption spectra of hemoglobin, it is found that low-level laser within the waveband of about 800-1060 nm can promote the release of oxygen from oxyhemoglobin and improve the oxygen supply of capillaries to surrounding tissues. Furthermore, the reasons have been explained that why the low-level laser at a wavelength of 830 nm is better in the treatment on burn injury and stimulation of hair growth. We also explained why the near-infrared laser of 1064 nm is applied to the forehead to improve cerebral oxygenation in healthy humans. Finally, according to comparison of atomic charge distribution in heme before and after bound to small molecule of carbon monoxide or nitric oxide, it could be inferred that the low-level laser with an appropriate wavelength can promote the carbon monoxide hemoglobin and nitric oxide hemoglobin to dissociate the carbon monoxide molecules and the nitric oxide molecules. This may be used for adjuvant therapy of carbon monoxide poisoning or nitric oxide poisoning.

Keywords: Charge distribution; Heme; Hemoglobin; Low-level laser; Photo-excitation.

MeSH terms

  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning / radiotherapy
  • Glycated Hemoglobin / metabolism
  • Heme / metabolism
  • Hemoglobins / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Light*
  • Low-Level Light Therapy*
  • Nitric Oxide / metabolism
  • Nitric Oxide / poisoning
  • Oxygen / metabolism*
  • Oxyhemoglobins / metabolism
  • Spectrum Analysis


  • Glycated Hemoglobin A
  • Hemoglobins
  • Oxyhemoglobins
  • hemoglobin A, glycosylated-nitric oxide complex
  • Nitric Oxide
  • Heme
  • Oxygen