Low-level laser irradiation (LLLI) promotes proliferation of mesenchymal and cardiac stem cells in culture.

Lasers Surg Med. 2007 Apr;39(4):373-8.
Low-level laser irradiation (LLLI) promotes proliferation of mesenchymal and cardiac stem cells in culture.
Tuby H, Maltz L, Oron U.
Source
Department of Zoology, The George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv 69978, Israel.
Abstract
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES:
Low-level laser irradiation (LLLI) was found to promote the proliferation of various types of cells in vitro. Stem cells in general are of significance for implantation in regenerative medicine. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of LLLI on the proliferation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and cardiac stem cells (CSCs).
STUDY DESIGN/MATERIALS AND METHODS:
Isolation of MSCs and CSCs was performed. The cells were cultured and laser irradiation was applied at energy densities of 1 and 3 J/cm2.
RESULTS:
The number of MSCs and CSCs up to 2 and 4 weeks respectively, post-LLLI demonstrated a significant increase in the laser-treated cultures as compared to the control.
CONCLUSION:
The present study clearly demonstrates the ability of LLLI to promote proliferation of MSCs and CSCs in vitro. These results may have an important impact on regenerative medicine.
(c) 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
PMID:
17457844
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