Effects of curcumin on hypoxia-inducible factor as a new therapeutic target Review uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Hair
  • Hair Diseases
  • Menopause
  • Skin Physiological Phenomena


  • Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) is a transcription factor that consists of two subunits, the HIF-1α and HIF-1β (ARNT). Under hypoxic conditions, HIF-1 is an adaptive system that regulates the transcription of multiple genes associated with growth, angiogenesis, proliferation, glucose transport, metabolism, pH regulation and cell death. However, aberrant HIF-1 activation contributes to the pathophysiology of several human diseases such as cancer, ischemic cardiovascular disorders, and pulmonary and kidney diseases. A growing body of evidence indicates that curcumin, a natural bioactive compound of turmeric root, significantly targets both HIF-1 subunits, but is more potent against HIF-1α. In this review, we have summarized the knowledge about the pharmacological effects of curcumin on HIF-1 and the related molecular mechanisms that may be effective candidates for the development of multi-targeted therapy for several human diseases.

publication date

  • November 2018



  • Review



  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.phrs.2018.10.009

PubMed ID

  • 30315965

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 159

end page

  • 169


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