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Abstract— To determine an action spectrum for ultaviolet (UV)-induced elastosis, four groups of 24 albino hairless mice each were exposed to four different spectra emitted by a xenon are solar simulator fitted with cut-off filters (Schott WG 320, 335, 345, and 360). These filters progressively removed more of the shorter wavelengths until, in the final spectrum, only long wavelength UVA (> 335 nm) remained. Exposures continued up to 62 weeks. A fifth group of mice served as controls. Skin biopsies were taken at pre-determined dose points and were processed for light microscopy. Elastosis was quantified by computerized image analysis, yielding dose-response curves for each spectrum. The total energy required for a 50% increase in elastic tissue compared to controls was determined graphically for each spectrum. These were: WG 320, 65 J/cm2; WG 335, 865 J/cm2; WG 345, 1230 J/cm2; and WG 360, 2000 J/cm2. Our results were tested against published action spectra for erythema, photocarcinogenesis and elastosis. The erythema spectrum was the most predictive for elastosis except that the longer UVA wavelengths were less effective for elastosis than for erythema. Solar simulating radiation (WG 320 filter) with its UVB component was the most effective in inducing elastosis. Full spectrum UVA (WG 345) required 20 times more energy while long wavelength UVA (WG 360) required 30 times more energy to induce equivalent elastosis.