Low‐energy laser irradiation—a new measure for suppression of arachidonic acid metabolism in the optic nerve

N. Naveh*, A. Bar‐Ilan, M. Rosner, M. Schwartz, C. Weissman, M. Belkin

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Abstract

Helium‐neon lowenergy laser (LEL) irradiation, known for its therapeutic effects in arthritis, wound healing, and muscular strain, was applied to eyes of rats that had sustained and optic nerve crush injury. Crush injury to the optic nerve resulted in a longlasting in vitro elevation of prostaglandin E2(PGE2) production (1.8‐3.9‐fold above control values during the 12 day study period). LEL irradiation per se had no effect in vitro on PGE2 production by the optic nerve; however, LEL irradiation of eyes with crushed optic nerve inhibited the enhanced production of PGE2 and leukotriene B4 in vitro by 55% and 75% during the late and immediate phase after trauma, respectively. Our findings of the suppressive effect of LEL irradiation on arachidonic acid metabolism are reminiscent of the actions of steroidal and nonsteroidal anti‐inflammatory drugs, and might indicate, for the first time, the possible biochemical mechanisms associated with the clinical anti‐inflammatory effects of LEL irradiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)386-389
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Neuroscience Research
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1990

Keywords

  • antiinflammatory treatment
  • leukotriene B
  • prostaglandin E

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