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Abstract Title:

Comparative Effects of Curcumin and Tetrahydrocurcumin on Dextran Sulfate Sodium-induced Colitis and Inflammatory Signaling in Mice.

Abstract Source:

J Cancer Prev. 2018 Mar ;23(1):18-24. Epub 2018 Mar 30. PMID: 29629345

Abstract Author(s):

Joon-Yeop Yang, Xiancai Zhong, Su-Jung Kim, Do-Hee Kim, Hyun Soo Kim, Jeong-Sang Lee, Hye-Won Yum, Jeewoo Lee, Hye-Kyung Na, Young-Joon Surh

Article Affiliation:

Joon-Yeop Yang


Background: Curcumin, a yellow ingredient of turmeric (Linn, Zingiberaceae), has long been used in traditional folk medicine in the management of inflammatory disorders. Although curcumin has been reported to inhibit experimentally-induced colitis and carcinogenesis, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain largely unresolved.

Methods: Murine colitis was induced by dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) which mimics inflammatory bowel disease. Curcumin or tetrahydrocurcumin was given orally (0.1 or 0.25 mmol/kg body weight daily) for 7 days before and together with DSS administration (3% in tap water). Collected colon tissue was used for histologic and biochemical analyses.

Results: Administration of curcumin significantly attenuated the severity of DSS-induced colitis and the activation of NF-κB and STAT3 as well as expression of COX-2 and inducible nitric oxide synthase. In contrast to curcumin, its non-electrophilic analogue, tetrahydrocurcumin has much weaker inhibitory effects.

Conclusions: Intragastric administration of curcumin inhibited the experimentally induced murine colitis, which was associated with inhibition of pro-inflammatory signaling mediated by NF-κB and STAT3.

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