Photobiomodulation alters matrix protein activity in stressed fibroblast cells in vitro

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A balance is maintained between matrix synthesis and degradation, and a prolonged increase in matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) affects healing. Photobiomodulation (PBM) speeds up healing and alters wound environment. The study aimed to determine changes in protein and gene expression of collagen type 1 (Col-I), MMP-3 and -9 and TIMP-1 in fibroblasts irradiated at 660 or 830 nm. Commercially purchased human skin fibroblast cells were modeled into five groups namely, normal, normal wounded, diabetic wounded, hypoxic wounded and diabetic hypoxic wounded. Control cells were sham irradiated. Laser irradiation was conducted at 660 or 830 nm (108/or 94 mW, 9.1 cm2, 420/or 483 s) with 5 J/cm2. Forty-eight hours post-irradiation, protein expression of TIMP-1, MMP-3, −9 and Col-I was determined by flow cytometry and immunofluorescence, and gene expression by real-time RT-PCR. There was an increase in TIMP-1 and Col-I, and a decrease in MMP-3 and -9, as well as an alteration in mRNA expression of MMP3, MMP9, TIMP1 and COL1A1 in irradiated cells. Due to the responsiveness of the diabetic hypoxic wounded model, the findings propose this model as appropriate for wound healing studies and suggest that PBM promotes the remodeling phase of wound healing by decreasing matrix degradation and upregulating synthesis.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere201700127
JournalJournal of Biophotonics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018


  • collagen
  • diabetes
  • laser
  • matrix metalloproteinases
  • photobiomodulation
  • wound healing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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