IMR Press / FBL / Volume 25 / Issue 11 / DOI: 10.2741/4887

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Curcumin inhibits high glucose oxidative stress and apoptosis in pancreatic beta cells via CHOP/PCG-1α and pERK1/2
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1 Department of Endocrine, Longhu People's Hospital, Shantou, Guangdong, China
2 Department of Emergency Intensive Care Unit(EICU), First Affiliated Hospital of Medical College of Shantou University, Dongxia S Rd, Jinping Qu, Shantou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
3 Department of Endocrine, Chao'an District People's Hospital, Chaozhou, Guangdong, China
4 Department of Pharmaceutics, Gomal University, Dera Ismail Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
5 Department of Endocrinology, Shantou Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital
6 Department of Endocrinology, Zhujiang Hospital Affiliated to Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Send correspondence to: Rongping Chen, Department of Endocrinology, Zhujiang Hospital Affiliated to Southern Medical University, Shantou, Guangdong, PR China, Tel: 13632101107, Fax: 020-61643195, E-mail:
Front. Biosci. (Landmark Ed) 2020, 25(11), 1974–1984;
Published: 1 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Leader sequences of coronavirus are altered during infection)

Loss of pancreatic beta-cells by apoptosis appears to play an important role in the development of insulin deficiency and the onset and/or progression of the diabetes mellitus. To this end, we report that curcumin prevents high glucose (HG) induced oxidative stress and apoptosis in mouse pancreatic beta cells. Moreover, curcumin prevents HG induced increase in expression of CHOP, decrease in PCG-1α and phosphorylation of ERK1/2 (pERK1/2) without any effect on the phosphorylation levels of p38 and JNK. Moreover, similar to curcumin, blockade of pERK1/2 reduced the HG induced apoptosis in pancreatic beta cells. Overexpression of CHOP or siRNA knockdown of PCG-1α counteracted the effect of curcumin on HG induced apoptosis and oxidative stress. These results suggest that curcumin acts through CHOP/PCG-1α and ERK1/2 signaling to block the HG induced oxidative stress and apoptosis.

Diabetes mellitus
Pancreatic beta cells
Oxidative stress
MAPK pathway
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