Abstract Title:

Natural Lignans Honokiol and Magnolol as Potential Anticarcinogenic and Anticancer Agents. A Comprehensive Mechanistic Review.

Abstract Source:

Nutr Cancer. 2021 May 28:1-18. Epub 2021 May 28. PMID: 34047218

Abstract Author(s):

Sayeh Mottaghi, Hassan Abbaszadeh

Article Affiliation:

Sayeh Mottaghi


Plant lignans constitute an important group of polyphenols, which have been demonstrated to significantly induce cancer cell death and suppress cancer cell proliferation with minimal toxicity against non-transformed cells. Numerous epidemiological studies have shown that the intake of lignans is associated with lower risk of several cancers. These natural compounds have the potential to inhibit carcinogenesis, tumor growth, and metastasis by targeting various signaling molecules and pathways. Growing evidence indicates that honokiol and magnolol as natural lignans possess potent anticancer activities against various types of human cancer. The aim of present review is to provide the reader with the newest findings in understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms mediating anticancer effects of honokiol and magnolol. This review comprehensively elucidates the effects of honokiol and magnolol on the molecular targets and signal transduction pathways implicated in cancer cell proliferation and metastasis. The findings of current review indicate that honokiol and magnolol can be considered as promising carcinopreventive and anticancer agents.

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