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Molecules 2015, 20(1), 1610-1625; doi:10.3390/molecules20011610

Triterpenes as Potentially Cytotoxic Compounds

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Chair and Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Medical University of Silesia in Katowice, Jordana 19, Zabrze 41-808, Poland
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Department of Nutrition-Associated Disease Prevention, Faculty of Public Health, Medical University of Silesia in Katowice, Piekarska 18, Bytom 41-902, Poland
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Marcello Iriti
Received: 30 October 2014 / Accepted: 13 January 2015 / Published: 19 January 2015
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Abstract

Triterpenes are compounds of natural origin, which have numerously biological activities: anti-cancer properties, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. These substances can be isolated from plants, animals or fungi. Nowadays, when neoplasms are main cause of death, triterpenes can become an alternative method for treating cancer because of their cytotoxic properties and chemopreventive activities. View Full-Text
Keywords: triterpenes; cytotoxicity triterpenes; cytotoxicity
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Chudzik, M.; Korzonek-Szlacheta, I.; Król, W. Triterpenes as Potentially Cytotoxic Compounds. Molecules 2015, 20, 1610-1625.

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