Background: Despite significant advancement in the oncology research, cancer still poses as one of the leading causes of
mortality worldwide. The increased incidences of cancer may be attributed to the limited efficacy and disastrous side effects of the
conventional therapies like chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. Azole containing medicinal agents are known for plethora of
medicinal properties including anticancer potential.
Objective: In this review, we highlighted azole containing natural products with anticancer potential from marine sources.
Method: A comprehensive literature search was performed for writing the review. Updated views about various marine sponges,
cyanobacteria, tunicates and microalgae producing azole nucleus containing secondary metabolites with anticancer potential have been
Results: The present article describes the structural, chemical, and biological features of azoles containing natural agents from marine
sources with promising anti-cancer potential. Additionally, current challenges and future perspectives of azoles in cancer prevention and
treatment are also discussed.
Conclusion: This review might encourage scientific community to explore marine sources for developing novel and potent azole
containing anti-cancer agents with better safety profile.