Title

Photodynamic therapy of Porphyromonas gingivalis via liposome-encapsulated sensitizers

ORCiD

Nejat Düzgüneş: 0000-0001-6159-1391

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Journal of the California Dental Association

ISSN

1043-2256

Volume

41

Issue

11

First Page

827

Last Page

830

Publication Date

11-1-2013

Abstract

Photodynamic therapy exploits the light-activation of a photosensitizer to cause cytotoxicity. Liposomes can be used to deliver hydrophobic photosensitizers to bacteria. Positively charged dioleoyltrimethylammoniumpropane:palmitoyloleoylphosphatidylcholine (1:1) liposomes bound quantitatively to the periodontal pathogen, Porphyromonas gingivalis. Following illumination, free and liposomal zinc phthalocyanine reduced the colony-forming unit (CFU) to 65 percent and 23 percent of controls, respectively. Thus, localization of the photosensitizer at the surface of bacteria via liposome binding enhanced the photodynamic cytotoxicity of zinc phthalocyanine.

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