Antitumor activity of monoterpenes found in essential oils

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Cancer is a complex genetic disease that is a major public health problem worldwide, accounting for about 7 million deaths each year. Many anticancer drugs currently used clinically have been isolated from plant species or are based on such substances. Accumulating data has revealed anticancer activity in plant-derived monoterpenes. In this review the antitumor activity of 37 monoterpenes found in essential oils is discussed. Chemical structures, experimental models, and mechanisms of action for bioactive substances are presented.




Sobral, M. V., Xavier, A. L., Lima, T. C., & De Sousa, D. P. (2014). Antitumor activity of monoterpenes found in essential oils. Scientific World Journal. Hindawi Publishing Corporation.

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