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Curcumin and Cancer

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Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine and Center of Biotechnology, College of Science and Technology, Temple University, BioLife Science Bldg, Suite 431-1900 N 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122, USA
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Institute of Biomolecular Chemistry, National Research Council of Italy, Via Campi Flegrei, 34-80078 Pozzuoli, Italy
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Nutrients 2019, 11(10), 2376; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11102376
Received: 25 July 2019 / Revised: 23 September 2019 / Accepted: 24 September 2019 / Published: 5 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dietary Curcumin and Human Health)
Curcumin, a polyphenol extracted from Curcuma longa in 1815, has gained attention from scientists worldwide for its biological activities (e.g., antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiviral), among which its anticancer potential has been the most described and still remains under investigation. The present review focuses on the cell signaling pathways involved in cancer development and proliferation, and which are targeted by curcumin. Curcumin has been reported to modulate growth factors, enzymes, transcription factors, kinase, inflammatory cytokines, and proapoptotic (by upregulation) and antiapoptotic (by downregulation) proteins. This polyphenol compound, alone or combined with other agents, could represent an effective drug for cancer therapy. View Full-Text
Keywords: curcumin; cancer; cell signaling pathways; Curcuma longa curcumin; cancer; cell signaling pathways; Curcuma longa
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