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Nutr Cancer. 2010;62(1):1-20. doi: 10.1080/01635580903191585.

Natural phenolic compounds from medicinal herbs and dietary plants: potential use for cancer prevention.

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School of Biological Sciences, the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, PR China. wuyang@ualberta.ca

Abstract

Natural phenolic compounds play an important role in cancer prevention and treatment. Phenolic compounds from medicinal herbs and dietary plants include phenolic acids, flavonoids, tannins, stilbenes, curcuminoids, coumarins, lignans, quinones, and others. Various bioactivities of phenolic compounds are responsible for their chemopreventive properties (e.g., antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, or antimutagenic and anti-inflammatory effects) and also contribute to their inducing apoptosis by arresting cell cycle, regulating carcinogen metabolism and ontogenesis expression, inhibiting DNA binding and cell adhesion, migration, proliferation or differentiation, and blocking signaling pathways. This review covers the most recent literature to summarize structural categories and molecular anticancer mechanisms of phenolic compounds from medicinal herbs and dietary plants.

PMID:
20043255
DOI:
10.1080/01635580903191585
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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