Quinones Derived from Plant Secondary Metabolites as Anti-cancer Agents
Quinones are plant-derived secondary metabolites that present some anti-proliferation and anti-metastasis effects in various
cancer types both in vitro and in vivo. This review focuses on the anti-cancer prospects of plant-derived quinones, namely, aloe-emodin,
juglone, β-lapachol, plumbagin, shikonin, and thymoquinone. We intend to summarize their anti-cancer effects and investigate the
mechanism of actions to promote the research and development of anti-cancer agents from quinones.
Keywords: Quinone, Plant, Secondary metabolites, Tumor
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