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Diferulylmethane, (E,E)-1,7-bis(4-Hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl)-1,6-heptadiene-3,5-dione, Diferuloylmethane, Natural Yellow 3
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primary reference standard

vapor density

13 (vs air)


powder or crystals

shelf life

limited shelf life, expiry date on the label




HPLC: suitable
gas chromatography (GC): suitable

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General description

Curcumin is a bioactive component of turmeric, Curcuma longa. It has a broad spectrum of activities including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and being anti-cancerous in nature. It has been shown to be a very powerful antioxidant, and has been found to enhance the effects of common anti-cancer drugs. It can also modulate several molecular targets such as cytokines and chemokines, a multitude of enzymes, receptors, transcription factors, cell cycle proteins and cell surface adhesion molecules.
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Exact content by quantitative NMR can be found on the certificate.


Reference Standard in the analysis of herbal medicinal products
It has been used as reference standard in 1H NMR and LC–MS/MS analysis for the quantification of curcumin in turmeric.

Biochem/physiol Actions

A natural phenolic compound. Potent anti-tumor agent having anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Curcumin has been cited as a potential chemopreventive agent, in addition to its chemotherapeutic activity. Induces apoptosis in cancer cells and inhibits phorbol ester-induced protein kinase C (PKC) activity. Reported to inhibit production of inflammatory cytokines by peripheral blood monocytes and alveolar macrophages. Potent inhibitor of EGFR tyrosine kinase and IκB kinase. Inhibits inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), cycloxygenase and lipoxygenase. Easily penetrates into the cytoplasm of cells, accumulating in membranous structures such as plasma membrane, endoplasmic reticulum and nuclear envelope.

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13 - Non Combustible Solids



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Rapid quantitation of curcumin in turmeric via NMR and LC?tandem mass spectrometry.
Goren, Ahmet C., et al.
Food Chemistry, 113.4, 1239-1242 (2009)
B Antony et al.
Indian journal of pharmaceutical sciences, 70(4), 445-449 (2008-07-01)
Curcumin, the bioactive component of turmeric, Curcuma longa has an exceptionally wide spectrum of activities including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties, and is currently under different phases of clinical trials for various types of soft tissue cancers. However, although in
Jingjing Zhu et al.
Biochimica et biophysica acta, 1833(8), 1924-1935 (2013-04-16)
Proprotein convertases (PCs) form a group of serine endoproteases that are essential for the activation of proproteins into their active form. Some PCs have been proposed to be potential therapeutic targets for cancer intervention because elevated PC activity has been
Wing-Hin Lee et al.
Expert opinion on drug delivery, 11(8), 1183-1201 (2014-05-27)
Natural compounds are emerging as effective agents for the treatment of malignant diseases. Curcumin (diferuloylmethane), the active constituent of turmeric extract, has gained significant interest as a plant-based compound with anti-cancer properties. Curcumin is physiologically very well tolerated, with negligible
Vivian Soetikno et al.
Drug discovery today, 18(15-16), 756-763 (2013-05-09)
Diabetic nephropathy is characterized by a plethora of signaling abnormalities. Recent trials have suggested that intensive glucose-lowering treatment leads to hypoglycemic events, which can be dangerous. Curcumin is the active ingredient of turmeric, which has been widely used in many

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