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Saponins from Chinese Medicines as Anticancer Agents

State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine, Institute of Chinese Medical Sciences, University of Macau, Macao, China
College of Pharmacy, Fujian University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Fuzhou 350122, China
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Received: 15 August 2016 / Accepted: 30 September 2016 / Published: 5 October 2016
Saponins are glycosides with triterpenoid or spirostane aglycones that demonstrate various pharmacological effects against mammalian diseases. To promote the research and development of anticancer agents from saponins, this review focuses on the anticancer properties of several typical naturally derived triterpenoid saponins (ginsenosides and saikosaponins) and steroid saponins (dioscin, polyphyllin, and timosaponin) isolated from Chinese medicines. These saponins exhibit in vitro and in vivo anticancer effects, such as anti-proliferation, anti-metastasis, anti-angiogenesis, anti-multidrug resistance, and autophagy regulation actions. In addition, related signaling pathways and target proteins involved in the anticancer effects of saponins are also summarized in this work. View Full-Text
Keywords: triterpenoid saponins; steroid saponins; mechanism; target; cancer triterpenoid saponins; steroid saponins; mechanism; target; cancer
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Xu, X.-H.; Li, T.; Fong, C.M.V.; Chen, X.; Chen, X.-J.; Wang, Y.-T.; Huang, M.-Q.; Lu, J.-J. Saponins from Chinese Medicines as Anticancer Agents. Molecules 2016, 21, 1326.

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Xu X-H, Li T, Fong CMV, Chen X, Chen X-J, Wang Y-T, Huang M-Q, Lu J-J. Saponins from Chinese Medicines as Anticancer Agents. Molecules. 2016; 21(10):1326.

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Xu, Xiao-Huang, Ting Li, Chi M.V. Fong, Xiuping Chen, Xiao-Jia Chen, Yi-Tao Wang, Ming-Qing Huang, and Jin-Jian Lu. 2016. "Saponins from Chinese Medicines as Anticancer Agents" Molecules 21, no. 10: 1326.

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