Antitumor activity of monoterpenes found in essential oils

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Abstract

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.

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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. https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/953451

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