Curcumin inhibits proliferation of colorectal carcinoma by modulating Akt/mTOR signaling

Sara M. Johnson, Pat Gulhati, Isela Arrieta, Xiaofu Wang, Tatsuo Uchida, Tianyan Gao, B. Mark Evers

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Abstract

Background: Curcumin, a natural polyphenol product of the plant Curcuma longa, has been shown to inhibit the growth and progression of colorectal cancer; however, the anticancer mechanism of curcumin remains to be elucidated. Materials and Methods: Colorectal cancer cells were treated with curcumin and changes in proliferation, protein and mRNA levels were analyzed. Results: Curcumin inhibited proliferation of colorectal cancer cells. This effect was mediated by inhibition of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling as evidenced by decreased phosphorylation of downstream effectors of mTOR complex 1 (mTORC1), p70S6K and 4E-BP1. Curcumin decreased total expression of mTOR, Raptor and Rictor protein and mRNA levels. Surprisingly, curcumin induced phosphorylation of Akt(Ser 473); this effect may be attributed to a decrease in levels of the PHLPP1 phosphatase, an inhibitor of Akt. Conclusion: Our data suggest that curcumin, a natural compound, may exert its antiproliferative effects by inhibition of mTOR signaling and thus may represent a novel class of mTOR inhibitor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3185-3190
Number of pages6
JournalAnticancer Research
Volume29
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2009

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Curcumin
Sirolimus
Colorectal Neoplasms
Phosphorylation
Raptors
70-kDa Ribosomal Protein S6 Kinases
Curcuma
Messenger RNA
Polyphenols
Phosphoric Monoester Hydrolases
Proteins
Growth

Keywords

  • Akt
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Curcumin
  • mTOR
  • PHLPP
  • Raptor
  • Rictor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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Johnson, S. M., Gulhati, P., Arrieta, I., Wang, X., Uchida, T., Gao, T., & Evers, B. M. (2009). Curcumin inhibits proliferation of colorectal carcinoma by modulating Akt/mTOR signaling. Anticancer Research, 29(8), 3185-3190.

Curcumin inhibits proliferation of colorectal carcinoma by modulating Akt/mTOR signaling. / Johnson, Sara M.; Gulhati, Pat; Arrieta, Isela; Wang, Xiaofu; Uchida, Tatsuo; Gao, Tianyan; Evers, B. Mark.

In: Anticancer Research, Vol. 29, No. 8, 01.08.2009, p. 3185-3190.

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Johnson, SM, Gulhati, P, Arrieta, I, Wang, X, Uchida, T, Gao, T & Evers, BM 2009, 'Curcumin inhibits proliferation of colorectal carcinoma by modulating Akt/mTOR signaling', Anticancer Research, vol. 29, no. 8, pp. 3185-3190.
Johnson SM, Gulhati P, Arrieta I, Wang X, Uchida T, Gao T et al. Curcumin inhibits proliferation of colorectal carcinoma by modulating Akt/mTOR signaling. Anticancer Research. 2009 Aug 1;29(8):3185-3190.
Johnson, Sara M. ; Gulhati, Pat ; Arrieta, Isela ; Wang, Xiaofu ; Uchida, Tatsuo ; Gao, Tianyan ; Evers, B. Mark. / Curcumin inhibits proliferation of colorectal carcinoma by modulating Akt/mTOR signaling. In: Anticancer Research. 2009 ; Vol. 29, No. 8. pp. 3185-3190.
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