Quinones derived from plant secondary metabolites as anti-cancer agents
Jin-Jian Lu, Jiao-Lin Bao, Guo-Sheng Wu, Wen-Shan Xu, Ming-Qing Huang, Xiu-Ping Chen and Yi-Tao Wang
AbstractQuinones are plant-derived secondary metabolites that present some anti-proliferation and anti-metastasis effects in various cancer types both in vitro and in vivo. This review focuses on the anti-cancer prospects of plant-derived quinones, namely, aloe-emodin, juglone, ?-lapachol, plumbagin, shikonin, and thymoquinone. We intend to summarize their anti-cancer effects and investigate the mechanism of actions to promote the research and development of anti-cancer agents from quinones.
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