US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

Bioinformation. 2009 Dec 6;4(6):233-6.

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Upadhyay J1, Kesharwani RK, Misra K.
  • Acts as a potent antioxidant
  • Inhibits Cancer


HIF-1 α (hypoxia inducible factor-1 α isoform) has been exploited as a target in cancer therapeutics. HIF-1 α is the isoform-2 of HIF-1 α subunit. It is a 735 residues long protein modeled in this study. The HIF-1 α is absolutely critical for continued survival of cancer cells as it is involved in the activation of glycolysis and it helps an oxygen-starved cell convert sugar to energy without using oxygen. It also initiates angiogenesis to bring in a fresh oxygen supply. HIF-1 α operates only in presence of free radicals. In the present study, five antioxidants, namely lycopene, ascorbic acid, α-tocopherol, curcumin and curcumin dipiperoyl ester which are potent scavengers of reactive oxygen species (ROS) have been docked to HIF-1 α modeled protein in order to assess their binding and consequently, their inhibitory activity. The binding energy score has been found to be in the order, curumin dipiperoyl ester > lycopene > curcumin > tocopherol > ascorbic acid. However, subsequent experiments should be designed to validate these