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Adding antibodies to photodynamic therapies can bolster their efficacy, according to research conducted by Texas A&M University and the University of São Paulo. The work reviewed the existing approaches to photodynamic therapies and provided a model to help expedite development of photodynamic therapies as a rapid response to emergent pandemics.
In photodynamic therapy (PDT), photosensitizers composed of dyes and other light-reacting compounds are typically administered intravenously or are applied topically to the area where treatment is needed; they are then absorbed by microbes or cancer cells. When light is applied, the compounds react, forming reactive oxygen species — toxic oxygen molecules that kill the cancer…READ MORE