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On cold atmospheric-pressure plasma jet induced DNA damage in cells

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Article number035203
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>30/01/2021
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Issue number3
Number of pages11
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date22/10/20
<mark>Original language</mark>English


To investigate the potential role of the hydroxyl radical (•OH) in cold atmospheric plasma (CAP) jet treatment, two fluorescence-based methodologies are utilised to measure DNA strand breaks. The first comprises a model system of a double-stranded DNA oligomer, where the respective strand ends are tagged with fluorophore and quencher molecules; and the second, a cell culture system reporting DNA strand breaks using the γ-H2AX assay. During the various CAP jet treatments, optical emission spectroscopy is used to detect the •OH in the gas phase and electron spin resonance is used to detect the •OH in solution. The CAP jet production of the •OH is shown to correlate to CAP jet induced DNA damage both with the DNA model and in biological cells. Results indicate that the CAP jet induces a higher degree of DNA damage when the CAP plume is in contact with the target solution. The potential of a 'plasma screen' based upon a hydrogel film, as a method to remove the DNA-damaging •OH species from reaching skin cells, is shown to significantly reduce DNA damage whilst facilitating the delivery of hydrogen peroxide. These findings could aid in the development of CAP jet-based applications where DNA damage is the objective (e.g. in cancer treatment) and others where it is to be avoided, e.g. in open-wound treatment and dermatology. © 2020 The Author(s). Published by IOP Publishing Ltd.