Epigenetic regulation of high glucose-induced proinflammatory cytokine production in monocytes by curcumin

Jung Mi Yun, Ishwarlal Jialal, Sridevi Devaraj

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Abstract

Diabetes is a proinflammatory state. We have previously shown increased monocyte proinflammatory cytokines in patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. High glucose induces proinflammatory cytokines via epigenetic changes. Curcumin, a polyphenol responsible for the yellow color of the spice turmeric, is known to exert potent anti-inflammatory activity in vitro. Recent studies indicate that it may regulate chromatin remodeling by inhibiting histone acetylation. In this study, we aimed to test the effect of curcumin on histone acetylation and proinflammatory cytokine secretion under high-glucose conditions in human monocytes. Human monocytic (THP-1) cells were cultured in presence of mannitol (osmolar control, mannitol) or normoglycemic (NG, 5.5 mmol/L glucose) or hyperglycemic (HG, 25 mmol/L glucose) conditions in absence or presence of curcumin (1.5-12.5 μM) for 72 h. Cytokine level, nuclear factor κB (NF-κB) transactivation, histone deacetylases (HDACs) activity, histone acetylases (HATs) activity were measured by western blots, quantitative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, immunofluorescence staining. HG significantly induced histone acetylation, NF-κB activity and proinflammatory cytokine (interleukin 6, tumor necrosis factor α and MCP-1) release from THP-1 cells. Curcumin suppressed NF-κB binding and cytokine release in THP-1 cells. Also, since p300 histone acetyltransferase is a coactivator of NF-κB, we examined its acetylation. Curcumin treatment also significantly reduced HAT activity, level of p300 and acetylated CBP/p300 gene expression, and induced HDAC2 expression by curcumin. These results indicate that curcumin decreases HG-induced cytokine production in monocytes via epigenetic changes involving NF-κB. In conclusion, curcumin supplementation by reducing vascular inflammation may prevent diabetic complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)450-458
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Volume22
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2011

Keywords

  • Acetylation
  • Deacetylation
  • HDAC2 and NF-κB
  • P300

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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