Effect of low level diode laser irradiation of human oral mucosa fibroblasts in vitro

Lasers Surg Med. 1994;14(4):347-54. doi: 10.1002/lsm.1900140407.


The effects of low level laser (LLL) irradiation on the proliferation of human buccal fibroblasts were studied. A standardized LLL set-up was developed (812 nm, 4.5 +/- 0.5 mW/cm2). Cultures in petridishes were divided into eight groups (1 group served as control). On day 6 after seeding, routine growth medium was replaced with PBS for 1/2 hour. At the beginning of this period, LLL irradiation was performed for 0, 1, 3, 10, 32, 100, 316, or 1,000 seconds, respectively--corresponding to the radiant exposures 0, 4.5, 13.5, 45, 144, 450, 1,422, 4,500 mJ/cm2. Subsequently the cells received 3H-dT in fresh medium for 16 hours DNA-incorporation. Scintillations from tritium and total protein concentration per culture dish were determined. The individual 3H-cpm/protein-concentration ratios were calculated in % of control. Three experiments were performed (N = 151). Following LLL exposure the 3H-cpm/protein ratio was increased with maximum cpm/protein ratio (132.5% +/- 10.6% SEM) in the group receiving 450 mJ/cm2 (P < 0.03 nonparametric Kruskal Wallis one-way ANOVA-test). This study demonstrated an increased incorporation on tritiated thymidine in cultured human oral fibroblasts following LLL exposure and suggests that LLL irradiation can induce increased DNA synthesis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cell Count
  • Cell Survival / radiation effects
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Fibroblasts / cytology
  • Fibroblasts / radiation effects*
  • Humans
  • Lasers*
  • Mouth Mucosa / radiation effects*
  • Protein Biosynthesis
  • Radiation Dosage