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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 (5)
Reviews (1)
Literature (2)
Pathways (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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Concentration / Solvent Volume / Mass 1 mg 5 mg 10 mg
0.1 mM 27.15 mL 135.73 mL 271.46 mL
0.5 mM 5.43 mL 27.15 mL 54.29 mL
1 mM 2.71 mL 13.57 mL 27.15 mL
5 mM 0.54 mL 2.71 mL 5.43 mL

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References are publications that support the biological activity of the product.

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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5 Citations for Curcumin

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

Chen et al (2012) Curcumin inhibits HCV replication by induction of heme oxygenase-1 and suppression of AKT. Int J Mol Med 30 1021 PMID: 22922731

Han et al (2012) Analgesic effects of intrathecal curcumin in the rat formalin test. Korean J Pain 25 43252 PMID: 22259709

Chang et al (2015) Protection against β-amyloid-induced synaptic and memory impairments via altering β-amyloid assembly by bis(heptyl)-cognitin. Sci Rep 5 10256 PMID: 26194093

Boija et al (2017) CBP Regulates Recruitment and Release of Promoter-Proximal RNA Polymerase II. Mol Cell 68 491 PMID: 29056321

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Pathways for Curcumin


Apoptosis Signaling Pathway

Apoptosis is a physiological process for cell death that is critical during aging and development. It may also be referred to as cell 'suicide'. Apoptosis can be triggered by events both inside and outside of the cell.