Laser Physics

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 245–249 | Cite as

Selective photoinactivation of C. albicans and C. dubliniensis with hypericin

  • C. Bernal
  • J. A. O. Rodrigues
  • A. P. P. Guimarães
  • A. O. Ribeiro
  • K. T. de Oliveira
  • H. Imasato
  • J. R. Perussi
Laser Methods in Chemistry, Biology, and Medicine


The genus Candida includes different species that have the potential to invade and colonize the human body and C. albicans is the most common cause of skin, nail and mucous infections. The increasing resistance against antifungal drugs has renewed the search for new treatment procedures and antimicrobial photodynamic inactivation (PDI) is a propitious candidate. Hypericin (HY) has several wanted properties to be used as a photosensitizer in this technique including a high quantum yield of singlet oxygen generation, a high extinction coefficient near 600 nm, and a relatively low dark toxicity. Although the phototoxicity of HY on several tumor cells has been reported, the data concerning its photoactivity on microorganisms are scarce. The aim of this study was to obtain the experimental parameters to achieve an acceptable selective hypericinphotoinactivation of two species of Candida comparing with fibroblasts and epithelial cells which are the constituents of some potential host tissues, such mucosas, skin and cavities. Microorganisms and cells were incubated with the same HY concentrations and short incubation time followed by irradiation with equal dose of light. The best conditions to kill just Candida were very low HY concentration (0.1–0.4 μg ml−1) incubated by 10 min and irradiated with LED 590 nm with 6 J cm−2.


Candida Laser Phys Laser Physics Emodin Hypericin 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Bernal
    • 1
  • J. A. O. Rodrigues
    • 1
  • A. P. P. Guimarães
    • 1
  • A. O. Ribeiro
    • 2
  • K. T. de Oliveira
    • 3
  • H. Imasato
    • 1
  • J. R. Perussi
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de Química de São CarlosUniversidade de São PauloSão Carlos-SPBrazil
  2. 2.Centro Ciências Naturais e HumanasUniversidade Federal do ABCSanto André-SPBrazil
  3. 3.Departamento de QuímicaUniversidade Federal de São CarlosSão Carlos-SPBrazil

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