Flavonoids with Therapeutic Potential in Prostate Cancer

Author(s): Bao Vue, Sheng Zhang, Qiao-Hong Chen

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

Volume 16 , Issue 10 , 2016

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Graphical Abstract:


The term “flavonoids” is created for a large class of polyphenolic compounds featuring two aromatic rings (A and B) and a central heterocyclic ring C. More than 4,000 flavonoids have already been obtained throughout the plant kingdom. An inverse correlation between the intake of dietary flavonoids and the incidence of prostate cancer can be generally well-observed from several epidemiological studies worldwide, which encouraged several research groups to examine both in vitro and in vivo the potential of whole extracts of flavonoidenriched dietary plants and purified flavonoids in preventing and treating prostate cancer. Nine subclasses of naturally occurring dietary flavonoids have so far been explored and identified to possess clinical potential in preventing and treating prostate cancer. We review herein the antiprostate cancer potential (including in vitro potency, in vivo efficacy, and clinical studies), structure-activity relationships, and the mechanism of actions of the nine subclasses of naturally occurring flavonoids.

Keywords: Clinical study, flavonoid, in vivo efficacy, in vitro potency, mechanism of action, prostate cancer, structure-activity relationship.

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Article Details

Year: 2016
Page: [1205 - 1229]
Pages: 25
DOI: 10.2174/1871520615666151008122622
Price: $65

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