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curcumin and cancer

Yue Guo, Renyi Wu, John M Gaspar, Davit Sargsyan, Zheng-Yuan Su, Chengyue Zhang, Linbo Gao, David Cheng, Wenji Li, Chao Wang, Ran Yin, Mingzhu Fang, Michael P Verzi, Ronald P Hart, Ah-Ng Kong
Inflammation is highly associated with colon carcinogenesis. Epigenetic mechanisms could play an important role in the initiation and progression of colon cancer. Curcumin, a dietary phytochemical, shows promising effects in suppressing colitis-associated colon cancer in AOM-DSS mice. However, the potential epigenetic mechanisms of curcumin in colon cancer remain unknown. In this study, the anti-cancer effect of curcumin in suppressing colon cancer in an 18-week AOM-DSS colon cancer mouse model was confirmed...
March 14, 2018: Carcinogenesis
Ji Wang, Chunying Wang, Gaofeng Bu
Cancer stem cells are considered as a main cause of cancer recurrence. In the present study, the effects of curcumin on the growth of liver cancer stem cells (LCSCs) were investigated. The proliferation and apoptosis of LCSCs were assessed by MTT assays and flow cytometry. Changes in the expression of apoptosis-related proteins were identified by western blotting. The results of the study demonstrated that curcumin treatment inhibited the growth of LCSCs, induced cell apoptosis, as well as regulated the expression of apoptosis-associated proteins and the release of cytochrome c...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Tolga Mercantepe, Deniz Unal, Levent Tümkaya, Zihni Acar Yazici
Cisplatin is an effective antineoplastic drug that is usually used to treat a number of different types of cancer in the clinic. One of the most notable side effects of cisplatin use is infertility. The present study was designed to determine the non-oxidative testicular effects caused by the use of cisplatin in rats. The rats were randomly allocated to the experimental groups. The untreated rats represented the control group (group I) and the treatment groups were as follows: cisplatin alone (group II), cisplatin+amifostine (group III), cisplatin+curcumin (group IV), and cisplatin+caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE; group V)...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Stephen Safe, James L Abbruzzese, Maen Abdelrahim, Erik Hedrick
Specificity protein (Sp) transcription factors (TFs) such as Sp1 are critical for early development but their expression decreases with age and there is evidence that transformation of normal cells to cancer cells is associated with upregulation of Sp1, Sp3 and Sp4 which are highly expressed in cancer cells and tumors. Sp1 is a negative prognostic factor for pancreatic, colon, glioma, gastric, breast, prostate, and lung cancer patients. Functional studies also demonstrate that Sp TFs regulate genes responsible for cancer cell growth, survival, migration/invasion, inflammation and drug resistance, and Sp1, Sp3 and Sp4 are also non-oncogene addiction (NOA) genes and important drug targets...
March 15, 2018: Cancer Prevention Research
Muyang Yang, Lixia Yu, Ruiwei Guo, Anjie Dong, Cunguo Lin, Jianhua Zhang
Synergistic combination therapy by integrating chemotherapeutics and chemosensitizers into nanoparticles has demonstrated great potential to reduce side effects, overcome multidrug resistance (MDR), and thus improve therapeutic efficacy. However, with regard to the nanocarriers for multidrug codelivery, it remains a strong challenge to maintain design simplicity, while incorporating the desirable multifunctionalities, such as coloaded high payloads, targeted delivery, hemodynamic stability, and also to ensure low drug leakage before reaching the tumor site, but simultaneously the corelease of drugs in the same cancer cell...
March 15, 2018: Nanomaterials
Omkara Swami Muddineti, Preeti Kumari, Balaram Ghosh, Swati Biswas
PURPOSE: Transferrin receptor (TfR) is up-regulated in various malignant tumors not only to meet the iron requirement, but also to increase the cell survival via participation in various cellular signaling pathways. Here we explored transferrin as ligand for Poly(ethylene Glycol) (PEG)-ylated vitamin-E/lipid (PE) core micelles (VPM). METHODS: Transferrin modified polymer was synthesized and drug loaded micelles were evaluated in 2D Hela and HepG2 cancer cells for cellular uptake and cytotoxicity and in 3D Hela spheroids for growth inhibition, uptake and penetration studies...
March 14, 2018: Pharmaceutical Research
Jiao Zou, Linlin Zhu, Xiaomei Jiang, Yang Wang, Yue Wang, Xiangwei Wang, Bin Chen
Flap endonuclease 1 (FEN1) overexpression promotes breast cancer. We investigated the role of FEN1 in cisplatin resistance and the chemosensitizing effects of curcumin in breast cancer cells. We demonstrated that FEN1 overexpression promotes cisplatin resistance in breast cancer cells, and that FEN1 knockdown enhances cisplatin sensitivity. Curcumin down-regulated FEN1 expression in a dose-dependent manner. A combination of cisplatin and curcumin enhanced breast cancer cell sensitivity to cisplatin by down-regulating FEN1 expression in vitro and in vivo ...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Shihong Shao, Yun Zhu, Tingting Meng, Yupeng Liu, Yun Hong, Ming Yuan, Hong Yuan, Fuqiang Hu
Liver metastasis is a leading death cause in colorectal cancer. The pathological differences between orthotopic tumors and metastatic lesions increased the therapeutic difficulty of metastasis. Herein, the α5β1 integrin receptor expression on metastatic cells was firstly measured, the result showed that metastatic cells expressed higher α5β1 integrin compared with original cells from orthotopic tumors. Afterwards, RPM peptide modified chitosan-stearic (RPM-CSOSA) was designed based on α5β1 integrin expression...
March 13, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Gamal Badr, Halise Inci Gul, Cem Yamali, Amal A M Mohamed, Badr M Badr, Mustafa Gul, Ahmad Abo Markeb, Nagwa Abo El-Maali
Recent developments in the literature have demonstrated that curcumin exhibit antioxidant properties supporting its anti-inflammatory, chemopreventive and antitumoral activities against aggressive and recurrent cancers. Despite the valuable findings of curcumin against different cancer cells, the clinical use of curcumin in cancer treatment is limited due to its extremely low aqueous solubility and instability, which lead to poor in vivo bioavailability and limited therapeutic effects. We therefore focused in the present study to evaluate the anti-tumor potential of curcumin analogues on the human breast carcinoma cell lines MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7, as well as their effects on non-tumorigenic normal breast epithelial cells (MCF-10)...
March 7, 2018: Bioorganic Chemistry
Sauraj, S Uday Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Ruchir Priyadarshi, P Gopinath, Yuvraj Singh Negi
In the present study, novel pH-responsive prodrug nanoparticles based on xylan-curcumin (xyl-cur) conjugate were developed to enhance the therapeutic efficacy of curcumin in cancer therapy. The synthesis of xyl-cur conjugate (prodrug) was confirmed by FT-IR,1 H NMR, UV-vis and fluorescence spectroscopy. The xyl-cur prodrug was subsequently self-assembled in to nanoparticles (xyl-cur prodrug NPs) in an aqueous medium with the average particle size 253 nm and the zeta potential of -18.76 mV. The xyl-cur prodrug NPs were highly pH-sensitive in nature and most of the drug was released at lower pH...
May 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
Song Yi Lee, Hyun-Jong Cho
Nanoassembly (NA) based on a D-α-tocopherol succinate (αTS) conjugated lysozyme (Lys) (Lys-αTS) was fabricated for tumor-selective delivery of curcumin (CUR) for breast cancer therapy. Lys and αTS were used as a biocompatible enzyme and a hydrophobic residue, respectively, for the preparation of nanocarriers in this study. Compared with CUR-loaded cross-linked Lys (c-Lys/CUR) NA, Lys-αTS/CUR NA exhibited a smaller hydrodynamic size (213 nm mean diameter), a narrower size distribution, and a more spherical shape...
November 2018: Drug Delivery
Wei Li, Zhengdong Jiang, Xue Xiao, Zheng Wang, Zheng Wu, Qingyong Ma, Lei Cao
Curcumin is a natural polyphenol compound derived from turmeric. It possesses multiple pharmacological properties, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor progression properties. Our recent study demonstrated that superoxide dismutase (SOD)-dependent production of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) promoted the invasive and migratory activity of pancreatic cancer cells. However, whether curcumin suppresses SOD-induced cancer progression and the related mechanisms remains unclear. Since epithelial‑to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) plays a key role in tumor metastasis, the aim of the present study was to examine whether curcumin intervenes with SOD-induced EMT in pancreatic cancer and the underlying mechanism...
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Oncology
Samira Malekmohammadi, Hassan Hadadzadeh, Hossein Farrokhpour, Zahra Amirghofran
In the present study, a new sandwich-like nanocomposite as a multifunctional smart nanocarrier for curcumin (Cur) targeted delivery and cell imaging was prepared by immobilization of gold nanoparticles on folic acid-modified dendritic mesoporous silica-coated reduced graphene oxide nanosheets (AuNPs@GFMS). The physical and chemical properties of the nanocomposite were investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-Vis, field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), Fourier transformation infrared (FT-IR), and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area analysis...
March 7, 2018: Soft Matter
Tahereh Nosratzehi, Fateme Arbabi-Kalati, Hamed Hamishehkar, Sudabeh Bagheri
INTRODUCTION: Lichen planus is a prevalent chronic mucocutaneous condition, whose exact pathogenesis has not been elucidated yet and its standard treatment at present involves the use of local corticosteroids. Curcumin is a colored material extracted from Curcuma longa plant species and is used as an appetizer and for medical purposes. It has anti-inflammatory, antioxidative and anti-cancerous properties. In the present study, the effect of mucoadhesive pastes containing curcumin and local corticosteroids was evaluated for the treatment of erosive lichen planus lesions...
February 2018: Journal of the National Medical Association
Matheus de Freitas Silva, Letícia Ferreira Coelho, Isadora Mitestainer Guirelli, Rodrigo Machado Pereira, Guilherme Álvaro Ferreira da Silva, Graciana Y Graravelli, Renato de Oliveira Horvath, Ester Siqueira Caixeta Nogueira, Marisa Ionta, Claudio Viegas
Curcumin (1) and resveratrol (2) are bioactive natural compounds that display wide pharmacological properties, including antitumor activity. However, their clinical application has been limited due to their low solubility and bioavailability. Nevertheless, independent studies have considered these compounds as interesting prototypes for developing new chemical structures useful for anticancer therapy. Here in, we report the synthesis of novel curcumin-like hydrazide analogues (3a and 3b), and a series of curcumin-resveratrol hybrid compounds (4a-f), and the evaluation of their cytotoxic potential on three tumor cell lines MCF-7 (breast), A549 (lung), and HepG2 (liver)...
March 1, 2018: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
Mercedes G Montalbán, Jeannine M Coburn, A Abel Lozano-Pérez, José L Cenis, Gloria Víllora, David L Kaplan
Curcumin, extracted from the rhizome of Curcuma longa , has been widely used in medicine for centuries due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-oxidant and anti-microbial effects. However, its bioavailability during treatments is poor because of its low solubility in water, slow dissolution rate and rapid intestinal metabolism. For these reasons, improving the therapeutic efficiency of curcumin using nanocarriers (e.g., biopolymer nanoparticles) has been a research focus, to foster delivery of the curcumin inside cells due to their small size and large surface area...
February 24, 2018: Nanomaterials
Qi-Zhe Gong, Di Xiao, Feng Feng, Xiao-Dong Wen, Wei Qu
Ent-sauchinone, a lignan isolated from Saururus chinensis (Lour.) Bail, was reported that it could modulate the expression of Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3). Since STAT3 plays a key role in invasion, migration and metastasis of cancer, we investigated whether ent-sauchinone could exert promising inhibitory effects on the invasion and migration of the metastatic human liver cancer cell line SMMC-7721 in the present study. Ent-sauchinone was extracted from dried herbs of Saururus chinensis (Lour...
March 1, 2018: Chemistry & Biodiversity
Jiao Wang, Qiang Liu, Linnan Yang, Xiaofei Xia, Rongrong Zhu, Shengguang Chen, Mei Wang, Liming Cheng, Xianzheng Wu, Shilong Wang
Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women worldwide, and existing treatments cause severe side effects and great burdens. Thus, the development of safe, inexpensive therapeutic agents is necessary. Curcumin (Cur), a well-known natural product, exerts promising anti-cancer activities against various cancer types. However, its therapeutic efficacy is severely restrained due to rapid degradation, poor aqueous solubility, and low bioavailability. The objective of this study was to investigate the therapeutic potential of novel curcumin-loaded TPGS/F127/P123 mixed polymeric micelles (Cur@NPT100) for cervical cancer treatment...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology
Reza Rahmatolahzadeh, Masood Hamadanian, Leila Ma'mani, Abbas Shafiee
PURPOSE: In this research, aspartic acid functionalized PEGylated mesoporous silica nanoparticlesgraphene oxide nanohybrid (As-PEGylated-MSN@GO) prepared as a pH-responsive drug carrier for the curcumin delivery. For better camouflage during blood circulation, poly(ethylene glycol) was decorated on the surface of MSN@GO nanohybrid. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The nanocarrier was characterized by using X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), dynamic light scattering (DLS), UV-vis spectroscopy, thermal gravimetry analysis (TGA), FT-IR, SEM and TEM...
February 24, 2018: Advances in Medical Sciences
Wanli Zhao, Xudong Zhou, Guisong Qi, Yuexian Guo
Curcumin is a component of turmeric and is isolated from the rhizomes of the plant Curcuma longa. Curcumin was reported to have therapeutic effects on prostate cancer. Yet the molecular mechanism of curcumin remains unclear. In this study, mouse prostate cancer xenograft model was established and subjected to curcumin treatment. GST-c-Jun pull down kinase assays were performed to study the phospho-c-Jun level. Cell Counting Kit-8 assay kit was utilized to detect the cell viability. Immunoblotting and qRT-PCR were performed for target gene expression analysis...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
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