Biological Effects in Cell Cultures of Fullerene C60: Dependence on Aggregation State

  • Levon B. Piotrovsky
  • Mikhail Yu. Eropkin
  • Elena M. Eropkina
  • Marina A. Dumpis
  • Oleg I. Kiselev
Part of the Carbon Materials: Chemistry and Physics book series (CMCP, volume 1)


The mechanisms of biological action of various fullerene preparations – water-soluble C60/polyvinylpyrrolidone (C60/PVP) complex and solid-state pristine fullerene C60 (fullerene on the surfaces [FoS]), in cell-free system and in different cell cultures were studied. In the cell-free system the C60/PVP complex showed the pro-oxidant activity. On the other hand, FoS in the darkness proved to be antioxidant (AO) and was nontoxic for different cell lines. But under visible-light illumination cell viability dropped in time- and light-dose-dependent way. Moreover, photodynamic damage of cells of tumor origin was greater than normal. The effect of illumination was reversed by some antioxidants. Therefore, redox properties in cell-free system and biological activity of pristine fullerene in vitro, in particular, photoxicity, depend on its aggregation state.


pristine fullerene C60/PVP complex cell culture antioxidant prooxidant 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Levon B. Piotrovsky
    • 1
  • Mikhail Yu. Eropkin
    • 2
  • Elena M. Eropkina
    • 2
  • Marina A. Dumpis
    • 1
  • Oleg I. Kiselev
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Experimental MedicineRussian Academy of Medical SciencesSaint PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.Institute of InfluenzaRussian Academy of Medical SciencesSaint PetersburgRussia

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