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Preparation of curcumin microemulsions with food-grade soybean oil/lecithin and their cytotoxicity on the HepG2 cell line.

Food chemistry (2014-02-13)
Chuan-Chuan Lin, Hung-Yin Lin, Ming-Hung Chi, Chin-Min Shen, Hwan-Wen Chen, Wen-Jen Yang, Mei-Hwa Lee
ABSTRACT

The choice of surfactants and cosurfactants for preparation of oral formulation in microemulsions is limited. In this report, a curcumin-encapsulated phospholipids-based microemulsion (ME) using food-grade ingredients soybean oil and soybean lecithin to replace ethyl oleate and purified lecithin from our previous study was established and compared. The results indicated soybean oil is superior to ethyl oleate as the oil phase in curcumin microemulsion, as proven by the broadened microemulsion region with increasing range of surfactant/soybean oil ratio (approx. 1:1-12:1). Further preparation of two formula with different particle sizes of formula A (30nm) and B (80nm) exhibited differential effects on the cytotoxicity of hepatocellular HepG2 cell lines. At 15μM of concentration, curcumin-ME in formula A with smaller particle size resulted in the lowest viability (approx. 5%), which might be explained by increasing intake of curcumin, as observed by fluorescence microscopy. In addition, the cytotoxic effect of curcumin-ME is exclusively prominent on HepG2, not on HEK293, which showed over 80% of viability at 15μM. The results from this study might provide an innovative applied technique in the area of nutraceuticals and functional foods.

MATERIALS
Product Number
Brand
Product Description

Sigma-Aldrich
Curcumin, from Curcuma longa (Turmeric), powder
Sigma-Aldrich
Curcumin, ≥94% (curcuminoid content), ≥80% (Curcumin)
Supelco
Curcumin, analytical standard
Sigma-Aldrich
Soybean oil, dietary source of long-chain triglycerides and other lipids
Supelco
Soybean oil, analytical standard
Supelco
Curcumin, matrix substance for MALDI-MS, ≥99.5% (HPLC)
USP
Curcumin, United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Reference Standard
Curcumin, primary reference standard