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Anticancer Potential and Molecular Targets of Pristimerin: A Mini- Review

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Pristimerin, a natural triterpenoid isolated form Celastrus and Maytenus spp, has been shown to possess a variety of biological and pharmacological effects. Recently, pristimerin has attracted more attention, especially for its potential anticancer activities. The anticancer activities of pristimerin have been illustrated in various cancer cell lines and animal models. It has been found to inhibit in vitro and in vivo proliferation, survival, angiogenesis and metastasis of tumor cells. These activities have been attributed to its modulation of various molecular targets such as cyclins, apoptosis- related proteins, proteasome activity, reactive oxygen species, as well as NF-ΚB, AKT/mTOR and MAPK/ERK pathways. This mini-review discussed the cellular impact and animal studies of pristimerin treatment, with more attention on the various molecular targets of pristimerin.
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Keywords: Antitumor agents; NF-κB; natural compounds; pharmacological effects; pristimerin

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2017

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  • Current Cancer Drug Targets aims to cover all the latest and outstanding developments on the medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, molecular biology, genomics and biochemistry of contemporary molecular drug targets involved in cancer, e.g. disease specific proteins, receptors, enzymes, genes.
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    As the discovery, identification, characterization and validation of novel human drug targets for anti-cancer drug discovery continues to grow; this journal has become essential reading for all pharmaceutical scientists involved in drug discovery and development.
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