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The effect of methoxsalen dose on ultraviolet-A-induced erythema

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Peter Farr


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There is considerable interindividual variation in bioavailability of Methoxsalen (8-methoxypsoralen) after ingestion of the standard dose used in photochemotherapy (psoralen plus ultraviolet A). A dose change may be used to alter the degree of photosensitivity, although there is limited information on the effect of 8-methoxypsoralen dose alterations on phototoxicity within individuals. We studied the effect of changes of 8-methoxypsoralen dose over a narrow range in 15 subjects with psoriasis. Two hours after ingestion, serum 8-methoxypsoralen concentration was determined and phototesting was performed at 350 +/- 30 nm (0.45-14 J per cm(2)), The minimal phototoxic dose at 72 h was recorded, erythema was measured using a reflectance instrument, and dose-response curves were constructed. Each subject was tested on three occasions using doses of 25 mg per m(2) (conventional dose) or conventional dose +/- 10 mg, Median serum 8-methoxypsoralen concentration increased from 96 to 143 to 229 ng per mi with dose increases from conventional dose - 10 mg to conventional dose and conventional dose + 10 mg, respectively (p < 0.001). The median minimal phototoxic dose and D-0.025 (the objective equivalent of the minimal phototoxic dose derived from the dose-response curve) were significantly reduced with increasing 8-methoxypsoralen dose from conventional dose minus 10 mg (minimal phototoxic dose 1.7 J per cm(2); D-0.025 2 s J per cm(2)) to conventional dose (1.2; 1.4 J per cm(2)) and conventional dose plus 10 mg (0.9; 1.0 J per cm(2)) (p < 0.001). Change in 8-methoxypsoralen dose had no detectable effect on the maximum slope of the psoralen plus ultraviolet A erythema dose-response curve. Thus, 8-methoxypsoralen dose changes within individuals, over a narrow but clinically relevant range, significantly altered the threshold response to psoralen plus ultraviolet A erythema but not the rate of increase in erythema with increasing ultraviolet A dose.

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Author(s): Farr PM; Ibbotson SH; Dawe RS

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Investigative Dermatology

Year: 2001

Volume: 116

Issue: 5

Pages: 813-815

ISSN (print): 0022-202X

ISSN (electronic): 1523-1747

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group


DOI: 10.1046/j.1523-1747.2001.01348.x


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