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Cat.No. 2841 - Curcumin | C21H20O6 | CAS No. 458-37-7
Description: Antitumor, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
Alternative Names: Diferuloylmethane
Chemical Name: (1E,6E)-1,7-Bis(4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl)-1,6-heptadiene-3,5-dione
Citations (1)

Biological Activity

Antitumor, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agent. Downregulates expression of reactive-oxygen-generating enzymes (cyclooxygenase, lipoxygenase, iNOS), TNFα, IL-1, IL-6, PKC, EGFR, NF-κB, IκB kinase and more. Upregulates expression of PPARγ, p53, Nrf2. Also displays antimicrobial, antidiabetic neuro- and cardioprotective properties in vivo.

Technical Data

M. Wt 368.38
Formula C21H20O6
Storage Store at -20°C
CAS Number 458-37-7
PubChem ID 969516
Smiles O=C(CC(/C=C/C2=CC=C(O)C(OC)=C2)=O)/C=C/C1=CC(OC)=C(O)C=C1

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Solubility Data

Solvent Max Conc. mg/mL Max Conc. mM
DMSO 3.68 10
ethanol 1.84 5

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The following data is based on the product molecular weight 368.38. Batch specific molecular weights may vary from batch to batch due to solvent of hydration, which will affect the solvent volumes required to prepare stock solutions.

Concentration / Solvent Volume / Mass 1 mg 5 mg 10 mg
1 mM 2.71 mL 13.57 mL 27.15 mL
5 mM 0.54 mL 2.71 mL 5.43 mL
10 mM 0.27 mL 1.36 mL 2.71 mL
50 mM 0.05 mL 0.27 mL 0.54 mL

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References are publications that support the products' biological activity.

Kuttan et al (2007) Antitumour, anti-invasion, and antimetastatic effects of curcumin. Adv.Exp.Med.Biol. 595 173 PMID: 17569210

Cole et al (2007) Neuroprotective effects of curcumin. Adv.Exp.Med.Biol. 595 197 PMID: 17569212

Lin (2007) Molecular targets of curcumin. Adv.Exp.Med.Biol. 595 227 PMID: 17569214

Miriyala et al (2007) Cardioprotective effects of curcumin. Adv.Exp.Med.Biol. 595 359 PMID: 17569220

Aggarwal and Sung (2009) Pharmacological basis for the role of curcumin in chronic diseases: an age-old spice with modern targets. TiPS 30 85 PMID: 19110321

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1 Citation for Curcumin

Citations are publications that use Tocris products. Selected citations for Curcumin include:

Efthymiou et al (2015) Rescue of an in vitro neuron phenotype identified in Niemann-Pick disease, type C1 induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neurons by modulating the WNT pathway and calcium signaling. J Neurosci 4 230 PMID: 25637190

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