Abstract Title:

Curcumin inhibits intracellular fatty acid synthase and induces apoptosis in human breast cancer MDA-MB-231 cells.

Abstract Source:

Oncol Rep. 2016 May ;35(5):2651-2656. Epub 2016 Mar 17. PMID: 26985864

Abstract Author(s):

Huijin Fan, Yan Liang, Bing Jiang, Xiabing Li, Hang Xun, Jia Sun, Wei He, Hay Tong Lau, Xiaofeng Ma

Article Affiliation:

Huijin Fan


High levels of fatty acid synthase (FAS) expression have been found in many tumors, including prostate, breast, and ovarian cancers, and inhibition of FAS has been reported to obstruct tumor growth in vitro and in vivo. Curcumin is one of the major active ingredients of Curcuma longa, which has been proven to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. In the present study, we investigated the potential activity of curcumin as a FAS inhibitor for chemoprevention of breast cancer. As a result, curcumininduced human breast cancer MDA-MB-231 cell apoptosis with the half-inhibitory concentration value of 3.63±0.26 µg/ml, and blocked FAS activity, expression and mRNA level in a dose-dependent manner. Curcumin also regulated B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2), Bax and p-Akt protein expression in MDA-MB-231 cells. Moreover, FAS knockdown showed similar effect as curcumin. All these results suggested that curcumin may induce cell apoptosis via inhibiting FAS.

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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