In Vitro Antimicrobial Photodynamic Therapy Against Trichophyton mentagrophytes Using New Methylene Blue as the Photosensitizer

P. López-Chicón, Gulías, S. Nonell, M. Agut

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Introduction and objectives Antimicrobial photodynamic therapy combines the use of a photosensitizing drug with light and oxygen to eradicate pathogens. Trichophyton mentagrophytes is a dermatophytic fungus able to invade the skin and keratinized tissues. We have investigated the use of new methylene blue as the photosensitizing agent for antimicrobial photodynamic therapy to produce the in vitro inactivation of T mentagrophytes. Material and methods A full factorial design was employed to optimize the parameters for photoinactivation of the dermatophyte. The parameters studied were new methylene blue concentration, contact time between the photosensitizing agent and the fungus prior to light treatment, and the fluence of red light (wavelength, 620–645 nm) applied. Results The minimum concentration of new methylene blue necessary to induce the death of all T. mentagrophytes cells in the initial suspension (approximate concentration, 106 colony forming units per milliliter) was 50 μM for a fluence of 81 J/cm2 after a contact time of 10 minutes with the photosensitizing-agent. Increasing the concentration to 100 μM allowed the fluence to be decreased to 9 J/cm2. Conclusions Comparison of our data with other published data shows that the susceptibility of T. mentagrophytes to antimicrobial photodynamic therapy with new methylene blue is strain-dependent. New methylene blue is a photosensitizing agent that should be considered for the treatment of fungal skin infections caused by this dermatophyte.

Títol traduït de la contribucióTerapia fotodinámica antimicrobiana in vitro aplicada sobre Trichophyton mentagrophytes con nuevo azul de metileno como fotosensibilizador
Idioma originalAnglès
Pàgines (de-a)765-770
Nombre de pàgines6
RevistaActas Dermo-Sifiliograficas
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - 1 de nov. 2016


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