Low energy laser light (632.8 nm) suppresses amyloid-β peptide-induced oxidative and inflammatory responses in astrocytes

X. Yang, S. Askarova, W. Sheng, J. K. Chen, A. Y. Sun, G. Y. Sun, G. Yao, J. C M Lee

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Oxidative stress and inflammation are important processes in the progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Recent studies have implicated the role of amyloid β-peptides (Aβ) in mediating these processes. In astrocytes, oligomeric Aβ induces the assembly of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidase complexes resulting in its activation to produce anionic superoxide. Aβ also promotes production of pro-inflammatory factors in astrocytes. Since low energy laser has previously been reported to attenuate oxidative stress and inflammation in biological systems, the objective of this study was to examine whether this type of laser light was able to abrogate the oxidative and inflammatory responses induced by Aβ. Primary rat astrocytes were exposed to Helium-Neon laser (λ=632.8 nm), followed by the treatment with oligomeric Aβ. Primary rat astrocytes were used to measure Aβ-induced production of superoxide anions using fluorescence microscopy of dihydroethidium (DHE), assembly of NADPH oxidase subunits by the colocalization between the cytosolic p47phox subunit and the membrane gp91phox subunit using fluorescent confocal microscopy, phosphorylation of cytosolic phospholipase A2 cPLA2 and expressions of pro-inflammatory factors including interleukin-1β (IL-1β) and inducible nitric-oxide synthase (iNOS) using Western blot Analysis. Our data showed that laser light at 632.8 nm suppressed Aβ-induced superoxide production, colocalization between NADPH oxidase gp91phox and p47phox subunits, phosphorylation of cPLA2, and the expressions of IL-1β and iNOS in primary astrocytes. We demonstrated for the first time that 632.8 nm laser was capable of suppressing cellular pathways of oxidative stress and inflammatory responses critical in the pathogenesis in AD. This study should prove to provide the groundwork for further investigations for the potential use of laser therapy as a treatment for AD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)859-868
Number of pages10
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 15 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • INOS
  • Inflammation
  • Interleukin-1β
  • NADPH oxidase
  • Oxidative stress
  • Phospholipase A

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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