Parkinson's disease is a common progressive neurodegenerative disease, and presently has no curative agent. Curcumin, as one of the natural polyphenols, has great potential in neurodegenerative diseases and other different pathological settings. The brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and phosphatidylinositol 3 kinase (PI3k)/protein kinase B (Akt) signaling pathways are significantly involved nerve regeneration and anti-apoptotic activities. Currently, relevant studies have confirmed that curcumin has an optimistic impact on neuroprotection via regulating BDNF and PI3k/Akt signaling pathways in neurodegenerative disease. Here, we summarized the relationship between BDNF and PI3k/Akt signaling pathway, the main biological functions and neuroprotective effects of curcumin via activating BDNF and PI3k/Akt signaling pathways in Parkinson's disease. This paper illustrates that curcumin, as a neuroprotective agent, can delay the progression of Parkinson's disease by protecting nerve cells.
Keywords: Brain-derived neurotrophic factor; Curcumin; Neurodegenerative diseases; PI3k/Akt signaling pathway; Parkinson's disease.
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