Inclusion Complex of Novel Curcumin Analogue CDF and beta-Cyclodextrin (1:2) and Its Enhanced In Vivo Anticancer Activity Against Pancreatic Cancer

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  • Prasad R. Dandawate
  • Alok Vyas
  • Aamir Ahmad
  • Sanjeev Banerjee
  • Jyoti Deshpande
  • K. Venkateswara Swamy
  • Abeda Jamadar
  • Subhash Padhye
  • Fazlul H. Sarkar
  • Anne Duhme-Klair


Publication details

JournalPharmaceutical research
DatePublished - Jul 2012
Issue number7
Number of pages12
Pages (from-to)1775-1786
Original languageEnglish


Several formulations have been proposed to improve the systemic delivery of novel cancer therapeutic compounds, including cyclodextrin derivatives. We aimed to synthesize and characterize of CDF-beta-cyclodextrin inclusion complex (1:2) (CDFCD).

The compound was characterized by Fourier transform infrared, differential scanning calorimetry, powder X-ray diffraction studies, H1 & C13 NMR studies and scanning electron microscopic analysis. Its activity was tested against multiple cancer cell lines, and in vivo bioavailability was checked.

CDF-beta-cyclodextrin was found to lower IC50 value by half when tested against multiple cancer cell lines. It preferentially accumulated in the pancreas, where levels of CDF-beta-cyclodextrin in mice were 10 times higher than in serum, following intravenous administration of an aqueous CDF-beta-cyclodextrin preparation.

Novel curcumin analog CDF preferentially accumulates in the pancreas, leading to its potent anticancer activity against pancreatic cancer cells. Synthesis of such CDF-beta-cyclodextrin self-assembly is an effective strategy to enhance its bioavailability and tissue distribution, warranting further evaluation for CDF delivery in clinical settings for treatment of human malignancies.

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