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Cancer Lett. 2008 Oct 8;269(2):243-61. doi: 10.1016/j.canlet.2008.03.057. Epub 2008 Jun 11.

Cancer chemopreventive and therapeutic potential of resveratrol: mechanistic perspectives.

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National Research Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention, College of Pharmacy, Seoul National University, Shillim-dong, Kwanak-gu, Seoul 151-742, Republic of Korea.


A plant kingdom is considered as a gold mine for the discovery of many biologically active substances with therapeutic values. Resveratrol (3,5,4'-trihydroxystilbene), a naturally occurring polyphenol, exhibits pleiotropic health beneficial effects including anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, cardioprotective and anti-tumor activities. Currently, numerous preclinical findings suggest resveratrol as a promising nature's arsenal for cancer prevention and treatment. A remarkable progress in dissecting the molecular mechanisms underlying anti-cancer properties of resveratrol has been achieved in the past decade. As a potential anti-cancer agent, resveratrol has been shown to inhibit or retard the growth of various cancer cells in culture and implanted tumors in vivo. The compound significantly inhibits experimental tumorigenesis in a wide range of animal models. Resveratrol targets many components of intracellular signaling pathways including pro-inflammatory mediators, regulators of cell survival and apoptosis, and tumor angiogenic and metastatic switches by modulating a distinct set of upstream kinases, transcription factors and their regulators. This review summarizes the diverse molecular targets of resveratrol with a special focus on those involved in fine-tuning of orchestrated intracellular signal transduction.

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