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Abstract Title:

Cancer Chemoprevention by Phytochemicals: Nature's Healing Touch.

Abstract Source:

Molecules. 2017 Mar 3 ;22(3). Epub 2017 Mar 3. PMID: 28273819

Abstract Author(s):

Haseeb Zubair, Shafquat Azim, Aamir Ahmad, Mohammad Aslam Khan, Girijesh Kumar Patel, Seema Singh, Ajay Pratap Singh

Article Affiliation:

Haseeb Zubair


Phytochemicals are an important part of traditional medicine and have been investigated in detail for possible inclusion in modern medicine as well. These compounds often serve as the backbone for the synthesis of novel therapeutic agents. For many years, phytochemicals have demonstrated encouraging activity against various human cancer models in pre-clinical assays. Here, we discuss select phytochemicals-curcumin, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), resveratrol, plumbagin and honokiol-in the context of their reported effects on the processes of inflammation and oxidative stress, which play a key role in tumorigenesis. We also discuss the emerging evidence on modulation of tumor microenvironment by these phytochemicals which can possibly define their cancer-specific action. Finally, we provide recent updates on how low bioavailability, a major concern with phytochemicals, is being circumvented and the general efficacy being improved, by synthesis of novel chemical analogs and nanoformulations.

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