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Nat Prod Rep. 2009 Jan;26(1):72-89.

Boswellic acids: a group of medicinally important compounds.

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Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (CSIR), Canal Road, Jammu Tawi, 180001, India.


This review, containing over 276 references, covers the progress made in the chemistry and bioactivity of this important group of triterpenoids. Though initially known for their anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic activities through a unique 5-LO inhibition mechanism, boswellic acids have recently attained significance due to their anti-cancer properties. The phytochemistry and chemical modifications, including mechanism of action, are discussed.

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