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Int J Mol Med. 2007 Mar;19(3):469-74.

Curcumin attenuates the expression of IL-1beta, IL-6, and TNF-alpha as well as cyclin E in TNF-alpha-treated HaCaT cells; NF-kappaB and MAPKs as potential upstream targets.

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Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine, Keimyung University, Daegu 700-712, Korea.


TNF-alpha induces some proinflammatory cytokines including IL-1beta, IL-6, IL-8, and itself by activation of NF-kappaB or MAPKs (p38, JNK, ERK). These cytokines play important roles in various inflammatory skin diseases, such as psoriasis. Recently it was also reported that expression of cyclin E is up-regulated by ERK pathway after TNF-alpha treatment. However, it was unknown whether curcumin, showing inhibitory effects on NF-kappaB and MAPKs, attenuates the expression of TNF-alpha-induced IL-1beta, IL-6, IL-8, and TNF-alpha as well as cyclin E expression in HaCaT cells. In this study, we investigated the inhibitory effect of curcumin on expression of proinflammatory cytokines and cyclin E in TNF-alpha-treated HaCaT cells. We found that curcumin inhibited the expression of TNF-alpha-induced IL-1beta, IL-6, and TNF-alpha, but not IL-8, in TNF-alpha-treated HaCaT cells as well as the TNF-alpha-induced cyclin E expression. In addition, curcumin inhibited the activation of MAPKs (JNK, p38 MAPK, and ERK) and NF-kappaB in TNF-alpha-treated HaCaT cells. Taken together, curcumin exerts anti-inflammatory and growth inhibitory effects in TNF-alpha-treated HaCaT cells through inhibition of NF-kappaB and MAPK pathways.

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