Anti-cancer peptides play an important role in the area of cancer inhibition. A variety of anti-
cancer peptides have emerged through the extraction and structural modification of peptides from
biological tissues. This review provides the research background of anti-cancer peptides, the introduction
of the mechanism of anti-cancer peptides for inhibition of cancers, the discovery and development
along with optimization and modifications of these peptides in the clinical application. In conclusion,
it can be said that anti-cancer peptides will play a major role in the future oncologic clinic.
Keywords: Anti-cancer peptides, modifications, mechanisms, progress, development, optimization.
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