Abstract Title:

An appraisal on recent medicinal perspective of curcumin degradant: Dehydrozingerone (DZG).

Abstract Source:

Bioorg Med Chem. 2016 Jan 2. Epub 2016 Jan 2. PMID: 26796952

Abstract Author(s):

Girish A Hampannavar, Rajshekhar Karpoormath, Mahesh B Palkar, Mahamadhanif S Shaikh

Article Affiliation:

Girish A Hampannavar


Natural products serve as a key source for the design, discovery and development of potentially novel drug like candidates for life threatening diseases. Curcumin is one such medicinally important molecule reported for an array of biological activities. However, it has major drawbacks of very poor bioavailability and solubility. Alternatively, structural analogs and degradants of curcumin have been investigated, which have emerged as promising scaffolds with diverse biological activities. Dehydrozingerone (DZG) also known as feruloylmethane, is one such recognized degradant which is a half structural analog of curcumin. It exists as a natural phenolic compound obtained from rhizomes of Zingiber officinale, which has attracted much attention of medicinal chemists. DZG is known to have a broad range of biological activities like antioxidant, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, anti-malarial, antifungal, anti-platelet and many others. DZG has also been studied in resolving issues pertaining to curcumin since it shares many structural similarities with curcumin. Considering this, in the present review we have put forward an effort to revise and systematically discuss the research involving DZG with its biological diversity. From literature, it is quite clear that DZG and its structural analogs have exhibited significant potential in facilitating design and development of novel medicinally active lead compounds with improved metabolic and pharmacokinetic profiles.

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