Toxicology letters

Curcumin inhibits cell growth and invasion through up-regulation of miR-7 in pancreatic cancer cells.

PMID 25256401


Accumulating evidence has revealed that a natural compound curcumin exerts its anti-tumor activity in pancreatic cancer. However, the underlying molecular mechanism remains elusive. Recently, miRNAs have been demonstrated to play a crucial role in tumorigenesis, suggesting that targeting miRNAs could be a promising approach for the treatment of human cancers. In this study, we explored whether curcumin regulates miR-7, leading to the inhibition of cell growth, migration and invasion in pancreatic cancer cells. We observed that curcumin suppressed cell growth, migration and invasion, and induced cell apoptosis, which is associated with increased expression of miR-7 and subsequently decreased expression of SET8, one of the miR-7 targets. These findings demonstrated that targeting miR-7 by curcumin could be a novel strategy for the treatment of pancreatic cancer.