Recent advances in sonodynamic approach to cancer therapy

S. Umemura, K. Kawabata, K. Sasaki, N. Yumita, K. Umemura, R. Nishigaki

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Chemical agents such as porphyrins were found to be activated by ultrasound, producing significant antitumor effects. Hematoporphyrin (Hp) enhanced ultrasonically induced damage on sarcoma cells and shown a synergistic inhibitory effect on the tumor growth in combination with ultrasound at 2 MHz. Recently, other types of porphyrins such as protoporphyrin were also found to have such sonodynamic activities. Furthermore, it was found that sonochemical reactions can be greatly accelerated by superimposing the second harmonic onto the fundamental. The highest rate of iodine release from aqueous iodide was obtained at an acoustic intensity ratio between 1 MHz and 2 MHz of 1:1 while either one of the frequency components alone could not induce significant iodine release at the same total acoustic intensity. Second-harmonic superimposition in combination with sonodynamically active antitumor agents may have the potential for selective tumor treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S187-S191
JournalUltrasonics Sonochemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Antitumor effect
  • Cavitation
  • Protoporphyrin
  • Second-harmonic superimposition
  • Sonodynamic therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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