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Nutrients 2016, 8(7), 433;

Curcumin AntiCancer Studies in Pancreatic Cancer

Division of Abdominal Surgical Oncology, Hepatobiliary Unit, Istituto Nazionale per lo studio e la cura dei Tumori “Fondazione G. Pascale”—IRCCS—Via Mariano Semmola, Naples 80131, Italy
S.S.D Sperimentazione Animale, Istituto Nazionale per lo studio e la cura dei Tumori “Fondazione G. Pascale”—IRCCS, Naples 80131, Italy
Epidemiology Unit, Istituto Nazionale per lo studio e la cura dei Tumori “Fondazione G. Pascale”—IRCCS—Via Mariano Semmola, Naples 80131, Italy
Dipartimento di Medicina Clinica e Chirurgia, Sezione di Endocrinologia, Università di Napoli Federico II, Naples 80131, Italy
I.O.S. & Coleman Srl, Naples 80011, Italy
Division of Radiology, Istituto Nazionale per lo studio e la cura dei Tumori “Fondazione G. Pascale”—IRCCS—Via Mariano Semmola, Naples 80131, Italy
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 23 May 2016 / Revised: 10 July 2016 / Accepted: 13 July 2016 / Published: 16 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Polyphenols for Cancer Treatment or Prevention)
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Pancreatic cancer (PC) is one of the deadliest cancers worldwide. Surgical resection remains the only curative therapeutic treatment for this disease, although only the minority of patients can be resected due to late diagnosis. Systemic gemcitabine-based chemotherapy plus nab-paclitaxel are used as the gold-standard therapy for patients with advanced PC; although this treatment is associated with a better overall survival compared to the old treatment, many side effects and poor results are still present. Therefore, new alternative therapies have been considered for treatment of advanced PC. Several preclinical studies have demonstrated that curcumin, a naturally occurring polyphenolic compound, has anticancer effects against different types of cancer, including PC, by modulating many molecular targets. Regarding PC, in vitro studies have shown potent cytotoxic effects of curcumin on different PC cell lines including MiaPaCa-2, Panc-1, AsPC-1, and BxPC-3. In addition, in vivo studies on PC models have shown that the anti-proliferative effects of curcumin are caused by the inhibition of oxidative stress and angiogenesis and are due to the induction of apoptosis. On the basis of these results, several researchers tested the anticancer effects of curcumin in clinical trials, trying to overcome the poor bioavailability of this agent by developing new bioavailable forms of curcumin. In this article, we review the results of pre-clinical and clinical studies on the effects of curcumin in the treatment of PC. View Full-Text
Keywords: curcumin; natural compound; pancreatic cancer; therapy curcumin; natural compound; pancreatic cancer; therapy

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Bimonte, S.; Barbieri, A.; Leongito, M.; Piccirillo, M.; Giudice, A.; Pivonello, C.; de Angelis, C.; Granata, V.; Palaia, R.; Izzo, F. Curcumin AntiCancer Studies in Pancreatic Cancer. Nutrients 2016, 8, 433.

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