, Volume 70, Issue 5, pp 703–708 | Cite as

Protective effects of bioconjugates of curcumin with nicotinic and picolinic acids on markers of oxidative stress in human erythrocytes

  • Syed Ibrahim Rizvi
  • Archana Pandey
  • Ravindra Kumar Gupta
  • Kanti Bhooshan PandeyEmail author
Section Cellular and Molecular Biology


Poor bioavailability and instability beyond the natural pH limit the use of curcumin as a promising drug despite its diverse health promoting effects. With a view to address these issues, the bioconjugates of curcumin with nicotinic acid (di-O-nicotinoyl curcumin) and picolinic acid (di-O-picolinoyl curcumin) were synthesized and their effect on markers of oxidative stress were studied. Results demonstrate that both the bioconjugates elicited higher prevention against oxidative injury induced by tert-butyl hydroperoxide in human erythrocytes in comparison to pure curcumin as evidenced by inhibition of lipid peroxidation (p < 0.01), prevention of hemolysis (p < 0.001), restoration of glutathione (p < 0.005), and -SH groups (p < 0.005) depletion. The study concludes that conjugated curcumin derivatives may be a potential approach to design compounds with improved biological effects and thus enhanced efficacy.

Key words

curcumin bioconjugates oxidative stress biomarker erythrocytes 





di-O-nicotinoyl curcumin


di-O-picolinoyl curcumin






red-blood cells




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Authors and Affiliations

  • Syed Ibrahim Rizvi
    • 1
  • Archana Pandey
    • 2
  • Ravindra Kumar Gupta
    • 2
  • Kanti Bhooshan Pandey
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryUniversity of AllahabadAllahabadIndia
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryC.M.P CollegeAllahabadIndia

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