Induction of glutathione S-transferase activity by curcumin in mice

Arzneimittelforschung. 1992 Jul;42(7):962-4.


Curcumin, a natural constituent of Curcuma longa (turmeric, CAS 458-37-7), has been studied for its induction of glutathione S-transferase activity in mice. At a dose of 250 mg/kg orally for 15 days, the enzyme activity in liver was increased by 1.8 fold. Its effect on other tissues like stomach, small intestine, lungs, kidney was not significant. Curcumin also depleted sulfhydryl levels in tissues, especially in stomach where 45% depletion was observed.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Curcumin / pharmacology*
  • Enzyme Induction / drug effects
  • Glutathione Transferase / biosynthesis*
  • Liver / drug effects
  • Liver / enzymology*
  • Mice
  • Sulfhydryl Compounds / metabolism


  • Sulfhydryl Compounds
  • Glutathione Transferase
  • Curcumin