Medical Lasers; Engineering, Basic Research, and Clinical Application  
Proposed Mechanisms of Photobiomodulation (PBM) Mediated via the Stimulation of Mitochondrial Activity in Peripheral Nerve Injuries
Ji Eun Choi1,2
1Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Dankook University Hospital,
2Department of Medical Science, College of Medicine, Dankook Univeristy, Cheonan, Korea
Correspondence to: Ji Eun Choi
Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, College of Medicine, Dankook University, Cheonan 31116, Korea
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Received: August 2, 2021; Accepted: September 24, 2021; Published online: October 19, 2021.
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Evidence shows that nerve injury triggers mitochondrial dysfunction during axonal degeneration. Mitochondria play a pivotal role in axonal regeneration. Therefore, normalizing mitochondrial energy metabolism may represent an elective therapeutic strategy contributing to nerve recovery after damage. Photobiomodulation (PBM) induces a photo-biological effect by stimulating mitochondrial activity. An increasing body of evidence demonstrates that PBM improves ATP generation and modulates many of the secondary mediators [reactive oxygen species (ROS), nitric oxide (NO), cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP), and calcium ions (Ca2+)], which in turn activate multiple pathways involved in axonal regeneration.
Keywords: Axon regeneration; Mitochondria; Photobioodulation; peripheral nervous system

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