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Study of hemoglobin response to mid-ultraviolet (UVB) radiation using micro-Raman spectroscopy

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Confocal micro-Raman spectroscopy is employed to monitor the damage to haemoglobin from mid-ultraviolet (UVB) radiation. We obtained the Raman spectra of an erythrocyte, which indicated that a peroxidation reaction occurs after UVB radiation. Further, the surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectra of isolated haemoglobin show that the intensities of the 1375 and 1399 cm−1 bands, which are markers of haem aggregation, obviously increase with prolonged UVB irradiation. This increase reveals that haem aggregation occurs in the peroxidation of erythrocytes. The UV–Vis spectra of isolated haemoglobin indicate that the Soret band, which is indicative of excitonic interactions in the aggregated haems, has a redshift (~12 nm) after 30 min of UVB irradiation of erythrocytes. It can be deduced that an excitonic interaction occurs in the aggregated haems, which is caused by haemoglobin denaturation following UVB irradiation. In addition, the changes of the Raman marker bands during aggregation primarily originate from excitonic interactions. Throughout the process, a higher UVB radiation dose causes greater damage to haemoglobin.

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This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (nos. 11404116, 61335011, 61275187) and the Young Teachers Nurturing Fund of South China Normal University (2012KJ020) and the Horizontal Topic Research Project of SENSING.

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Huang, Y.Y., Li, N., Zhou, S.N. et al. Study of hemoglobin response to mid-ultraviolet (UVB) radiation using micro-Raman spectroscopy. Appl. Phys. B 123, 237 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00340-017-6800-1

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