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Mini-Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 1389-5575
ISSN (Online): 1875-5607

Review Article

Medicinal Potential of Heterocyclic Compounds from Diverse Natural Sources for the Management of Cancer

Author(s): Manjinder Singh*, Pratibha Sharma, Pankaj Kumar Singh, Thakur Gurjeet Singh and Balraj Saini

Volume 20 , Issue 11 , 2020

Page: [942 - 957] Pages: 16

DOI: 10.2174/1389557520666200212104742

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Natural products form a significant portion of medicinal agents that are currently used for the management of cancer. All these natural products have unique structures along with diverse action mechanisms with the capacity to interact with different therapeutic targets of several complex disorders. Although plants contribute as a major source of natural products with anti-cancer potential, the marine environment and microbes have also bestowed some substantial chemotherapeutic agents. A few examples of anti-cancer agents of natural origin include vincristine, vinblastine, paclitaxel, camptothecin and topotecan obtained from plants, bryostatins, sarcodictyin and cytarabine from marine organisms and bleomycin and doxorubicin from micro-organisms (dactinomycin, bleomycin and doxorubicin). The incredible diversity in the chemical structures and biological properties of compounds obtained from million species of plants, marine organisms and microorganisms present in nature has commenced a new era of potential therapeutic anti-cancer agents.

Keywords: Cancer, flavonoids, alkaloids, marine, phytosterols, chalcones, tumor.

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