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Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 1871-5206
ISSN (Online): 1875-5992

Quinones Derived from Plant Secondary Metabolites as Anti-cancer Agents

Author(s): Jin-Jian Lu, Jiao-Lin Bao, Guo-Sheng Wu, Wen-Shan Xu, Ming-Qing Huang, Xiu-Ping Chen and Yi-Tao Wang

Volume 13 , Issue 3 , 2013

Page: [456 - 463] Pages: 8

DOI: 10.2174/1871520611313030008

Price: $65


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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