Exploring Cancer Therapeutics with Natural Products from African Medicinal Plants, Part I: Xanthones, Quinones, Steroids, Coumarins, Phenolics and other Classes of Compounds

Author(s): Conrad V. Simoben, Akachukwu Ibezim, Fidele Ntie-Kang, Justina N. Nwodo, Lydia L. Lifongo

Journal Name: Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
(Formerly Current Medicinal Chemistry - Anti-Cancer Agents)

Volume 15 , Issue 9 , 2015

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Cancer is known to be the second most common disease-related cause of death among humans. In drug discovery programs anti-cancer chemotherapy remains quite challenging due to issues related to resistance. Plants used in traditional medicine are known to contribute significantly within a large proportion of the African population. A survey of the literature has led to the identification of ~400 compounds from African medicinal plants, which have shown anti-cancer, anti-proliferation, anti-tumor and/or cytotoxic activities, tested by in vitro and in vivo assays (from mildly active to very active), mainly alkaloids, terpenoids, flavonoids, coumarins, phenolics, polyacetylates, xanthones, quinones, steroids and lignans. The first part of this review series focuses on xanthones, quinones, steroids, coumarins, phenolics and other compound classes, while part II is focused on alkaloids, terpenoids, flavonoids.

Keywords: Africa, cancer, cytotoxic activities, medicinal plants, traditional medicine.

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Year: 2015
Published on: 01 September, 2015
Page: [1092 - 1111]
Pages: 20
DOI: 10.2174/1871520615666150113110241
Price: $65

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