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Cytotoxic Activity of Curcumin towards CCRF-CEM Leukemia Cells and Its Effect on DNA Damage

by Yu Kong 1,2,†, Wei Ma 3,†, Xia Liu 1,2, Yuangang Zu 1,2, Yujie Fu 1,2,*, Nan Wu 1,2, Lu Liang 1,2, Liping Yao 1,2 and Thomas Efferth 4
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Key Laboratory of Forest Plant Ecology, Ministry of Education, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin 150040, China
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Engineering Research Center of Forest Bio-preparation, Ministry of Education, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin 150040, China
3
Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Harbin 150040, China
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Department of Pharmaceutical Biology, Institute of Pharmacy, University of Mainz, 55099 Mainz, Germany
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Molecules 2009, 14(12), 5328-5338; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules14125328
Received: 27 October 2009 / Revised: 20 November 2009 / Accepted: 2 December 2009 / Published: 17 December 2009
The cytotoxic activity of curcumin towards CCRF-CEM human T-cell leukemia cells was measured by the MTT assay. Tumor cells were more sensitive to the cytotoxic activity of curcumin or curcumin-Cu (II)compared to normal cells, and the IC50 ofcurcumin towards CCRF-CEM cells was 8.68 µM, and that ofcurcumin-Cu (II) was 8.14 µM. The cell cycle distribution of curcumin-treated CCRF-CEM cells was analyzed by flow cytometry. DNA damage induced by oxidants such as curcumin-Cu (II) ions is considered as one of the main causes of cell inactivation. Therefore, we analyzed the effect of curcumin on DNA damage by agarose gel electrophoresis and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Gel electrophoresis analyses showed that curcumin or Cu (II) alone failed to cause DNA damage in pBR322 plasmid DNA as compared with the normal plasmid. However, DNA plasmids were mostly damaged after treatment with curcumin of different concentrations in the presence of Cu (II). Two forms were observed by means of AFM: closed circular plasmids and linear plasmids. DNA damage induced by a combination of curcumin and Cu (II) was also found by agarose gel electrophoresis, which was applied as control method to verify the results obtained by AFM. View Full-Text
Keywords: curcumin; activity; CEM; DNA damage curcumin; activity; CEM; DNA damage
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Kong, Y.; Ma, W.; Liu, X.; Zu, Y.; Fu, Y.; Wu, N.; Liang, L.; Yao, L.; Efferth, T. Cytotoxic Activity of Curcumin towards CCRF-CEM Leukemia Cells and Its Effect on DNA Damage. Molecules 2009, 14, 5328-5338.

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