Abstract Title:

Immunomodulatory activities of curcumin-stabilized silver nanoparticles: Efficacy as an antiretroviral therapeutic.

Abstract Source:

Immunol Invest. 2017 Nov ;46(8):833-846. PMID: 29058549

Abstract Author(s):

Rakesh Kumar Sharma, Katherine Cwiklinski, Ravikumar Aalinkeel, Jessica L Reynolds, Donald E Sykes, Elizabeth Quaye, James Oh, Supriya D Mahajan, Stanley A Schwartz

Article Affiliation:

Rakesh Kumar Sharma


We synthesized and characterized curcumin-stabilized silver nanoparticles (Cur-AgNP) and found them to be 45 nm by dynamic light scattering with a maximum absorbance at 406 nm. We evaluated Cur-AgNP for immunomodulatory activities and their potential as an antiretroviral agent. The antiretroviral effects of Cur-AgNP were determined in ACH-2 cells latently infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1. ACH-2 cells, 200,000/ml, were treated with Cur-AgNP for 24-48 h. Expression of HIV-1 LTR and p24, the pro-inflammatory cytokines, IL-1β, TNF-α, and NF-κB was quantitated. Treatment of ACH-2 cells latently infected with HIV-1 with Cur-AgNP produced no toxic effects but significantly inhibited the expression of HIV-1 LTR (-73%, P<0.01) and p24 (-57%, P<0.05), IL-1βα (-61%, P<0.01), TNF-αα (-54%, P<0.05), IL-6 (-68%, P<0.01), and NF-κB (-79%, P<0.0001) as compared to untreated controls. Thus, Cur-AgNP have therapeutic potential as direct antiretroviral agents, as well as having immunomodulatory activities inhibiting the expression of pro-inflammatory mediators induced by infection with HIV-1. Experimental controls, such as curcumin alone, and conventional silver nanoparticles capped with citric acid, produced no similar biological effects. We conclude that treatment of HIV-1 infected cells with Cur-AgNP significantly reduced replication of HIV by inhibition of NF-κB nuclear translocation and the downstream expression of the pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-1β, TNF-α, and IL-6. Subsequent in vivo studies with Cur-AgNP using a humanized mouse model of HIV infection are underway.

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