Molecular & Cellular Toxicology

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 241–245 | Cite as

Diethylamino-curcumin mimic with trizolyl benzene enhances TRAIL-mediated cell death on human glioblastoma cells

  • Yongchel Ahn
  • Seokjoon Lee
  • Cheon-Soo Park
  • Hyuk Jai Jang
  • Ji Hwan Lee
  • Byong-Gon Park
  • Yoon-Sun Park
  • Woon-Seob Shin
  • Daeho Kwon
Original Paper



Glioblastoma multiforme is one of the most aggressive human malignant brain tumors. Tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) is known as the death ligand, which induces preferential apoptosis of transformed cancer cells. In this study, we demonstrated that the newly synthesized diethylamino-curcumin mimic with trizolyl benzene (YM-4) enhances cytotoxicity in combination with TRAIL in human glioblastoma cells.


We synthesized diethylamino-curcumin mimic with trizolyl benzene (YM-4) and investigated possible apoptotic cell signaling by co-treatment with YM-4 and TRAIL on human glioblastoma cells.


Caspase-8, 9, and 3 and poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase were more efficiently cleaved with cotreatment of YM-4 and TRAIL than treatment with each alone in human glioblastoma cells. Co-treatment with YM-4 and TRAIL significantly increased the expression of Bax and Smac/Diablo and also inhibited the expression of the X-linked inhibitor of apoptosis protein and Survivin in human glioblastoma cells.


These results demonstrated that YM-4 can be an anticancer candidate that can be effective on human glioblastoma cells in combination with TRAIL.


Curcumin mimic TRAIL Apoptosis Human glioblastoma cells 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yongchel Ahn
    • 1
  • Seokjoon Lee
    • 2
  • Cheon-Soo Park
    • 3
  • Hyuk Jai Jang
    • 3
  • Ji Hwan Lee
    • 4
  • Byong-Gon Park
    • 5
  • Yoon-Sun Park
    • 6
  • Woon-Seob Shin
    • 6
  • Daeho Kwon
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Hematology and Oncology, Gangneung Asan HospitalUniversity of Ulsan College of MedicineGangneungRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Department of PharmacologyCatholic Kwandong University College of MedicineGangneungRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.Department of Surgery, Gangneung Asan HospitalUniversity of Ulsan College of MedicineGangneungRepublic of Korea
  4. 4.Medical Research Center, Gangneung Asan HospitalUniversity of Ulsan College of MedicineGangneungRepublic of Korea
  5. 5.Department of PhysiologyCatholic Kwandong University College of MedicineGangneungRepublic of Korea
  6. 6.Department of MicrobiologyCatholic Kwandong University College of MedicineGangneungRepublic of Korea

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