Mutagenic Potential of a 193-nm Excimer Laser on Fibroblasts in Tissue Culture

Joseph Trentacoste, Keith Thompson, Richard K. Parrish, Anthony Hajek, Michael R. Berman, Parvin Ganjei

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In response to concerns regarding possible DNA damage by far ultraviolet radiation during excimer laser corneal surgery the mutagenic potential of an argon fluoride excimer laser (193 nm) on BALB/3T3 mouse fibroblasts grown in tissue culture was investigated. The cumulative incidence of anaplastic transformation after subablative radiant exposures from 3.5 mJ/cm2/pulse to 13.4 mJ/cm2/pulse was 3.6% of all cell cultures. The incidence of anaplastic transformation in nonirradiated controls was 4.2%. Transformation after exposure to x-ray radiation (60.9 rad) was 98.8%. The difference between the incidence of transformation of nonirradiated controls or excimer-treated cultures compared with x-ray radiation-treated cells was significant P < 0.0001 (chi square test). In this standard cell line, 193-nm laser energy does not appear to have substantial mutagenic potential.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-129
Number of pages5
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1987


  • excimer laser
  • mutagenesis
  • photoablation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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