Protective effects of curcumin on methylglyoxal-induced oxidative DNA damage and cell injury in human mononuclear cells.

Research paper by Wen-hsiung WH Chan, Hsin-jung HJ Wu

Indexed on: 23 Aug '06Published on: 23 Aug '06Published in: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica


To examine the effect of curcumin on oxidative DNA damage and cell apoptosis and injury caused by the reaction of methylglyoxal(MG) with amino acids.We used DNA strand breaks to examine the effect of curcumin on oxidative DNA damage. In addition, reactive oxygen species(ROS) formation occurs in MG-treated mononuclear cells, so the effect of curcumin on ROS generation was measured using 2',7'-dichlorofluorescin diacetate(DCF-DA) as the detection reagent. Moreover, the impact effects of curcumin on MG-induced cell apoptosis and ROS injury were analyzed by TUNEL and ELISA assay. The collagen I attachment ability of mononuclear cells was examined by trypan blue staining.Our results revealed that curcumin prevented MG/lysine-induced oxidative stress and DNA damage. Curcumin also inhibited MG-induced apoptosis and generation of ROS in mononuclear cells. MG-treated mononuclear cells displayed a lower degree of attachment to collagen (the major component of the vessel wall subendo-thelium), whereas cells pretreated with curcumin before MG treatment exhibited restored affinities for collagen.These results demonstrated that oxidative stress plays a role in MG-induced cell injury and alterations in attachment ability, and that curcumin blocks these effects by virtue of its antioxidant properties.