Abstract Title:

Neuroprotective effects of aromatic turmerone on activity deprivation-induced apoptosis in cerebellar granule neurons.

Abstract Source:

Neuroreport. 2020 12 16 ;31(18):1302-1307. PMID: 33165195

Abstract Author(s):

Yuya Saga, Yudai Hatakenaka, Miho Matsumoto, Yuri Yoshioka, Shinichi Matsumura, Nobuhiro Zaima, Yoshiyuki Konishi

Article Affiliation:

Yuya Saga


Ar-turmerone, which is a major bioactive component found in the essential oil derived from Curcuma longa, has been reported to inhibit proliferation and induce apoptosis in cancer cell lines. Recently, ar-turmerone has been reported to increase the proliferation of neuronal stem cells, in contrast to its actions in cancer cells. These observations raise the possibility that ar-turmerone serves specific functions in neuronal cell lineages. However, the effects of ar-turmerone on postmitotic neurons remain elusive. In the present study, we investigated the neuroprotective functions of ar-turmerone in primary cerebellar granule neuronal cultures. We found that ar-turmerone increased the survival of neurons following activity deprivation. Consistently, the induction of cleaved caspase-3, a hallmark of apoptosis, was prevented by ar-turmerone, although neither the level of reactive oxygen species nor the mitochondrial membrane potential was affected. This study reports a neuroprotective function for ar-turmerone, providing new insights into the potential therapeutic applications of ar-turmerone for neurological disorders.

Study Type : Animal Study

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