Abstract Title:

Anticancer properties of baicalein: a review.

Abstract Source:

Med Chem Res. 2016 Aug ;25(8):1515-1523. Epub 2016 Jun 29. PMID: 28008217

Abstract Author(s):

Ying Gao, Shane A Snyder, Jaclyn N Smith, Yi Charlie Chen

Article Affiliation:

Ying Gao


The constituents of many traditional Chinese herbal remedies are currently at the forefront of modern cancer research. Baicalein, a bioactive flavone widely used in nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals, has shown great potential in the treatment and prevention of cancer without causing severe side effects. Baicalein induces cancer cell apoptosis and cause cell cycle arrest. It shows inhibitory effects on angiogenesis, metastasis and inflammation, all of which are necessary for the promotion and progression of cancer. This review presents an overview of the anti-cancer effects and mechanisms of baicalein. In addition, the bioavailability of baicalein and approaches to improve it are summarized. Treatments of baicalein in combination with other anti-cancer agents are also mentioned.

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