Curcumin Inhibits Constitutive STAT3 Phosphorylation in Human Pancreatic Cancer Cell lines and Downregulation of Survivin/BIRC5 Gene Expression

Department of Internal Medicine II, Hematology and Oncology, University Hospital, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany.
Cancer Investigation (Impact Factor: 2.22). 02/2010; 28(2):166-71. DOI: 10.3109/07357900903287006
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The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of curcumin on Survivin/BIRC5 and on the role of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) activation in Survivin/ BIRC5. We incubated two pancreatic cancer cell lines with different amounts of curcumin. This resulted in a downregulation of proliferation in all cell lines tested. The expression of Survivin/BIRC5 on mRNA and protein level was significantly downregulated and the phosphorylation of STAT3 was blocked. Treatment of pancreatic cancer cells with curcumin resulted in an induction of apoptosis. The results indicate that curcumin inhibits several key factors in cancer cellular pathways and may be of interest in pancreatic cancer.

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    • "Recently, Georgiadou et al. [11] could demonstrate that vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and Id-1 overexpression in PDAC were found to be associated with high microvessel density and was associated with a worse outcome in terms of patient survival. Additionally, curcumin has been shown to inhibit the growth of PDAC cell lines in vitro and in a mouse model by inhibiting various intracellular pathways including nuclear factor kappa B (NFkB), which is involved in angiogenesis [12] [13]. Therefore, the potential of anti-angiogenic active VEGF directed multi tyrosine-kinase-inhibitors (TKI) such as the receptor TKI sunitinib should be assessed for improving the outcome in PDAC. "
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    • "STA3 plays a role in the cancer development and progression and overexpression or high level of STAT3 has been observed in various types of cancers [134, 135]. Curcumin inhibits constitutive STAT3 phosphorylation [136]. Other results also show that the curcumin significantly suppressed Stat3 phosphorylation in bronchoepithelial cells and lung cancer derived cells, indicative of Stat3 pathway suppression, and finally inhibits the proliferative capacity of bronchoepithelial cells and lung cancer cells [137]. "
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    • "STAT3 is also known to protect cells from apoptosis through the upregulation of Bcl-xL, Bcl-2, and survivin. Elevated STAT3 activity has been detected in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma [34], [35]. In the current study, Mitocur-1 inhibited the STAT3 phosphorylation and downstream targets such as Bcl2 and Bax in MCF-cells. "
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