Vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 expression in human intestinal microvascular endothelial cells is regulated by PI 3-kinase/Akt/MAPK/NF-kappaB: inhibitory role of curcumin.
ABSTRACT Endothelial activation and surface expression of cell adhesion molecules (CAMs) is critical for binding and recruitment of circulating leukocytes in tissues during the inflammatory response. Endothelial CAM expression plays a critical role in the intestinal microvasculature in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), as blockade of leukocyte alpha4-integrin binding by gut endothelial CAM ligands has therapeutic benefit in IBD. Mechanisms underlying expression of vascular cell adhesion molecule (VCAM)-1, a ligand for alpha4-integrin in primary cultures of human intestinal microvascular endothelial cells (HIMEC) has not been defined. We investigated the effect of curcumin, phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI 3-kinase)/protein kinase B (Akt), and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) inhibitors on VCAM-1 expression and function in HIMEC. CAM expression was assessed and HIMEC-leukocyte adhesion was visualized under static and flow conditions. Western blotting and in vitro kinase assays were used to assess Akt and MAPK activation. Nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) activation and nuclear translocation of its p65 subunit were determined. Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha/lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced VCAM-1 expression in HIMEC was suppressed by Akt small-interfering RNA, curcumin, and inhibitors of NF-kappaB (SN-50), p38 MAPK (SB-203580) and PI 3-kinase/Akt (LY-294002). VCAM-1 induction was partially suppressed by p44/42 MAPK (PD-098059) but unaffected by c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase (SP-600125) inhibition. Curcumin inhibited Akt/MAPK/NF-kappaB activity and prevented nuclear translocation of the p65 NF-kappaB subunit following TNF-alpha/LPS. At physiological shear stress, curcumin attenuated leukocyte adhesion to TNF-alpha/LPS-activated HIMEC monolayers. In conclusion, curcumin inhibited the expression of VCAM-1 in HIMECs through blockade of Akt, p38 MAPK, and NF-kappaB. Curcumin may represent a novel therapeutic agent targeting endothelial activation in IBD.
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ABSTRACT: Unquestionably, the natural food additive curcumin, derived from the colorful spice turmeric used in many Asian cuisines, possesses a diverse array of biological activities. These range from its anti-inflammatory, antineoplastic, and metabolic modifying properties to surprising roles in disorders ranging from Alzheimer's disease to cystic fibrosis. Its effects on growth factor receptors, signaling molecules, and transcription factors, together with its epigenetic effects are widely considered to be extraordinary. These pleiotropic attributes, coupled with its safety even when used orally at well over 10 g/day, are unparalleled amongst pharmacological agents. However, there is one drawback; apart from the luminal gastrointestinal tract where its pharmacology predicts that reasonable drug levels can be attained, its broader use is hampered by its poor solubility and hence near undetectable plasma levels. Medicinal chemistry and nanotechnology have resulted in the generation of compounds where the modified drug or its delivery system has improved matters such that this shortcoming has been addressed to some extent, with the surprising finding that it remains safe to use. It is predicted that either the parental compound or its derivatives may eventually find a place in the therapeutic management protocols of several conditions.Scientifica. 01/2012; 2012:757890.
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ABSTRACT: UBE1L, ubiquitin-activating enzyme E1-like, is the activating enzyme of ISG15ylation (ISG15, interferon stimulated gene 15). Loss of UBE1L and activation of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) signaling are common events in lung carcinogenesis. Curcumin, a well-studied chemopreventive agent, is known to down-regulate EGFR. The present study demonstrated that curcumin decreased EGFR expression in human bronchial epithelial (HBE) Beas-2B cells and lung cancer A549 cells. For the first time, UBE1L was found to be induced by curcumin in HBE cells. Interestingly, overexpression of UBE1L reduced EGFR at posttranslational level in HBE cells. UBE1L triggered EGFR membrane internalization and promoted complex formation between ISG15 and EGFR. Curcumin decreased EGFR downstream signaling pAKT and nuclear factor κB (NF-κB). Overexpression or knockdown of UBE1L also resulted in down-regulation or up-regulation of phosphoinositide 3-kinase/AKT/NF-κB correspondently. In human samples, there was an inverse relationship between UBE1L and EGFR/AKT/NF-κB in non-small cell lung cancer tissues and adjacent tissues. These results uncover a novel chemopreventive mechanism of curcumin in inducing UBE1L and down-regulating EGFR signaling in HBE cells.The Journal of nutritional biochemistry 02/2014; 25(2):241-9. · 4.29 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: We aim to investigate the effects of curcumin on preventing diabetes-induced vascular inflammation in association with its actions on Txnip, ICAM-1, and NOX2 enzyme expressions. Male Wistar rats were divided into four groups: control (CON), diabetic (DM; streptozotocin (STZ), i.v. 55 mg/kg BW), control-treated with curcumin (CONCUR; 300 mg/kg BW), and diabetes treated with curcumin (DMCUR; 300 mg/kg BW). 12th week after STZ injection, iris blood perfusion, leukocyte adhesion, Txnip, p47phox, and malondialdehyde (MDA) levels were determined by using laser Doppler, intravital fluorescent confocal microscopy, Western Blot analysis, and TBAR assay, respectively. The iris blood perfusion of DM and DMCUR was decreased significantly compared to CON and CONCUR (P < 0.001). Plasma glucose and HbA1c of DM and DMCUR were increased significantly compared to CON and CONCUR (P < 0.001). Leukocyte adhesion, ICAM-1, p47phox expression, and MDA levels in DM were increased significantly compared to CON, CONCUR, and DMCUR (P < 0.05). Txnip expression in DM and DMCUR was significantly higher than CON and CONCUR (P < 0.05). From Pearson's analysis, the correlation between the plasma MDA level and the endothelial functions was significant. It suggested that curcumin could ameliorate diabetic vascular inflammation by decreasing ROS overproduction, reducing leukocyte-endothelium interaction, and inhibiting ICAM-1 and NOX2 expression.BioMed Research International 01/2014; 2014:161346. · 2.71 Impact Factor