Targeting sarcoplasmic/endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase 2 by curcumin induces ER stress-associated apoptosis for treating human liposarcoma

Lu Wang, Lingxian Wang, Ran Song, Yan Shen, Yang Sun, Yanhong Gu, Yongqian Shu, Qiang Xu*

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Human liposarcoma is the most common soft tissue sarcoma. There is no effective therapy so far except for surgery. In this study, we report for the first time that curcumin induces endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress in human liposarcoma cells via interacting with sarcoplasmic/endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase 2 (SERCA2). Curcumin dose-dependently inhibited the cell survival of human liposarcoma cell line SW872 cells, but did not affect that of human normal adipose-derived cells. Curcumin-mediated ER stress via inhibiting the activity of SERCA2 caused increasing expressions of CHOP and its transcription target death receptor 5 (TRAIL-R2), leading to a caspase-3 and caspase-8 cascade-dependent apoptosis in SW872 cells in vitro and in vivo. Moreover, 70% of human liposarcoma tissues showed an elevated SERCA2 expression compared with normal adipose tissues. Curcumin dose-dependently inhibited the activity of SERCA2, and the interaction of molecular docking and colocalization in ER of curcumin with SERCA2 were further observed. These findings suggest that curcumin may serve as a potent agent for curing human liposarcoma via targeting SERCA2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)461-471
Number of pages11
JournalMolecular cancer therapeutics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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