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The Main Anticancer Bullets of the Chinese Medicinal Herb, Thunder God Vine

by 1, 1,2 and 1,*
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Division of Molecular Carcinogenesis and Targeted Therapy for Cancer, State Key Laboratory of Biomembrane and Membrane Biotechnology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
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School of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230027, China
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Molecules 2011, 16(6), 5283-5297; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules16065283
Received: 18 April 2011 / Revised: 17 June 2011 / Accepted: 20 June 2011 / Published: 23 June 2011
(This article belongs to the Collection Bioactive Compounds)
The thunder god vine or Tripterygium wilfordii Hook. F. is a representative Chinese medicinal herb which has been used widely and successfully for centuries in treating inflammatory diseases. More than 100 components have been isolated from this plant, and most of them have potent therapeutic efficacy for a variety of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. In the past four decades, the anticancer activities of the extracts from this medicinal herb have attracted intensive attention by researchers worldwide. The diterpenoid epoxide triptolide and the quinone triterpene celastrol are two important bioactive ingredients that show a divergent therapeutic profile and can perturb multiple signal pathways. Both compounds promise to turn traditional medicines into modern drugs. In this review, we will mainly address the anticancer activities and mechanisms of action of these two agents and briefly describe some other antitumor components of the thunder god vine. View Full-Text
Keywords: Thunder god vine/Tripterygium wilfordii Hook. f.; triptolide; celastrol; anticancer activity Thunder god vine/Tripterygium wilfordii Hook. f.; triptolide; celastrol; anticancer activity
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