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Acta Biochim Biophys Sin (Shanghai). 2013 Aug;45(8):634-40. doi: 10.1093/abbs/gmt063. Epub 2013 Jun 19.

Superior anticancer efficacy of curcumin-loaded nanoparticles against lung cancer.

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Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, Nanjing 210023, China.


Curcumin (CM) has anticancer potential for several cancers and blocks several steps in the carcinogenesis process. However, the clinical application of CM is greatly limited due to its low effects in vivo resulted from its poor solubility and pharmacokinetics. This raises the possibility of taking CM as a novel model drug in a new nanoparticle-based delivery system. In this study, CM-loaded nanoparticles were prepared from three kinds of amphilic methoxy poly(ethylene glycol) (mPEG)-polycaprolactone (PCL) block copolymers. It was noted that CM-loaded nanoparticles prepared from mPEG10k-PCL30k showed not only the highest loading efficiency, but also the most sustained release pattern. In vitro studies showed that CM was effectively transported into A549 cells by nanoparticles and localized around the nuclei in the cytoplasm. In addition, the cytotoxicity of CM-loaded nanoparticles with mEPG10k-PCL30k as a drug carrier was in a dose- and time-dependent manner in A549 cells. Further apoptotic staining results demonstrated the superior pro-apoptotic effect of CM-loaded nanoparticles over free drug. Data in this study not only confirmed the potential of CM in treating lung cancer, but also offered an effective way to improve the anticancer efficiency of CM through the nano-drug delivery system.


curcumin; lung cancer; mPEG–PCL; nanoparticle

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