Review Article
Volume 12 Issue 2 - 2020
Transforming Curry Extract to Liposomal Curcumin (LipocurcTM) in Parkinson Disease (PD) Therapeutics Landscape: Emerging Role of Epigenetics Signaling and Nanotechnology
Simon S Chiu1,2*, Kristen Terpstra3, Michel Woodbury-Farina4, Ram Mishra5,6, Vladimir Badmaev7, Joshua T Varghese8, Hana Raheb1, Ed Lui9, Zack Cernovsky1, Yves Bureau1, Mariwan Husni10, John Copen11, Mujeeb Shad12, Hou Jirui13, Autumn Carriere1,14, Zahra Khazaeipool1,15, Robbie Campbell1 and Weam Sieffien16
1Department of Psychiatry, Western University (University of Western Ontario), Lawson Health Research Institute, London, Ontario, Canada
2Geriatric Mental Health Program, London Health Sciences Centre, Ontario, Canada
3Neurological Unit, St Michel’s Hospital Affiliated University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
4Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
5Department of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, McMaster University School of Medicine, McMaster University Health Sciences Centre, Neuropharmacology Lab, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
6Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, McMaster University Division of Neurology, Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences, Mc- Master University Health Sciences Centre, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
7Medical Director, Medical Holdings Inc, New York, NY, USA
8Currently Year III Medical Student, Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
9Department of Pharmacology, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
10Department of Psychiatry, Northern Ontario Medical School, Thunderbay, Ontario, Canada
11Department of Psychiatry, University of Victoria Medical Campus, University of British Columbia, Victoria, BC, Canada
1212Department of Psychiatry, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon, USA
13Dalian Pharmaceutical Co. Natural Medicine Research and Development, Dalian Province, China
14Currently Nursing Program, Faculty Applied Sciences, Nipissing University, North Bay, ON, Canada
15Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
16Currently Year III Medical Student, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
*Corresponding Author:Simon S Chiu, Geriatric Mental Health Program, London Health Sciences Centre, Ontario, Canada.
Received: December 30, 2019; Published: January 31, 2020


Despite advances in genetics and brain imaging, none of the currently approved drugs for treatment of Parkinson Disease (PD) ranking second to Alzheimer Dementia Alzheimer Dementia (AD) the commonest neurodegenerative disorder, can modify the course of PD in terms of progressive functional decline. There is a paucity of data on the neurobiological underpinnings of prodromal phase of non-motor symptoms (NMS) of PD. Epigenetics signaling paradigm in probing genetics-environment interface comprises three components: DNA methylation, histone modification and non-coding RNA, in regulating expression of PD related genes. In PD, epigenomics plays an emerging pivotal role in shaping the impact of downstream cascade of dopamine neuronal loss, neuro-inflammation and oxidative stress in the basal ganglia and mesolimbic and mesocortical brain regions. We briefly review the current and emerging pharmaceutical treatment options for PD and related motor and NMS complications. We review the multi-faceted pharmacology of curry extract isolated from plant Curcuma Longata in translational models of PD, highlighting on the interplay of curcumin’s molecular footprints as epigenetics modulator interfacing differentially with alpha-Synuclein (SYN) and LRRK-2 Leucine-rich-repeat-kinase-2 (LRRK-2) mutation, the putative culprits in shaping the progressive course of PD. We briefly summarize the crucial milestones in transforming curcumin from curry extract to liposome-based curcumin: LipocurcTM via the navigating the challenging roadmap of nanotechnology. We summarize the pharmacokinetics data from Phase I trial of LipocurcTM exhibiting a highly favorable safety and tolerability profile of the potential PD drug lead. We conclude that both translational and clinical studies of curcumin serve as impetus for designing a transformative nanotechnology driven epigenetic-based PD therapeutics platform to the clinical arena. Accelerating biomarker-based clinical trials of LipocurcTM may the game-changer in PD therapeutics landscape.

Keywords: Curcumin; Parkinson Disease; Nanotechnology; Liposome; Epigenetics; Alpha-Synuclein (SYN) Leucine-Rich-Repeat-Kinase-2 (LRRK-2)


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Citation: Simon S Chiu., et al. “Transforming Curry Extract to Liposomal Curcumin (LipocurcTM) in Parkinson Disease (PD) Therapeutics Landscape: Emerging Role of Epigenetics Signaling and Nanotechnology”. EC Neurology 12.2 (2020): 01-24.

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Certificate of Publication

Ecronicon honors with a "Publication Certificate" to the corresponding author by including the names of co-authors as a token of appreciation for publishing the work with our respective journals.

Best Article of the Issue

Editors of respective journals will always be very much interested in electing one Best Article after each issue release. The authors of the selected article will be honored with a "Best Article of the Issue" certificate.

Certifying for Review

Ecronicon certifies the Editors for their first review done towards the assigned article of the respective journals.

Latest Articles

The latest articles will be updated immediately on the articles in press page of the respective journals.

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