Effect of curcumin on aged Drosophila Melanogaster: A pathway prediction analysis

Zhi guo Zhang*, Xu yan Niu, Aiping LYU, Gary Guishan Xiao

*Corresponding author for this work

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Objective: To re-analyze the data published in order to explore plausible biological pathways that can be used to explain the anti-aging effect of curcumin.

Methods: Microarray data generated from other study aiming to investigate effect of curcumin on extending lifespan of Drosophila melanogaster were further used for pathway prediction analysis. The differentially expressed genes were identified by using GeneSpring GX with a criterion of 3.0-fold change. Two Cytoscape plugins including BisoGenet and molecular complex detection (MCODE) were used to establish the protein-protein interaction (PPI) network based upon differential genes in order to detect highly connected regions. The function annotation clustering tool of Database for Annotation, Visualization and Integrated Discovery (DAVID) was used for pathway analysis.

Results: A total of 87 genes expressed differentially in D. melanogaster melanogaster treated with curcumin were identified, among which 50 were up-regulated significantly and 37 were remarkably down-regulated in D. melanogaster melanogaster treated with curcumin. Based upon these differential genes, PPI network was constructed with 1,082 nodes and 2,412 edges. Five highly connected regions in PPI networks were detected by MCODE algorithm, suggesting anti-aging effect of curcumin may be underlined through five different pathways including Notch signaling pathway, basal transcription factors, cell cycle regulation, ribosome, Wnt signaling pathway, and p53 pathway.

Conclusion: Genes and their associated pathways in D. melanogaster melanogaster treated with anti-aging agent curcumin were identified using PPI network and MCODE algorithm, suggesting that curcumin may be developed as an alternative therapeutic medicine for treating aging-associated diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-122
Number of pages8
JournalChinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Pharmacology (medical)

User-Defined Keywords

  • anti-aging
  • curcumin
  • Drosophila Melanogaster
  • pathway prediction analysis
  • protein-protein interaction network


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