Actividad antitumoral de compuestos naturales: Lectinas y azafrán

Translated title of the contribution: Antitumor activity of natural substances: Lectins and saffron

Fikrat I. Abdullaev, Elvira González De Mejía

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A major problem in the use of chemopre venting agents in cancer treatment is the potential toxicity of these drugs to normal cells. One approach to solve this problem is to employ the inhibitors of tumorigenesis which have a natural origin. Within the past few years, natural extracts or purified compounds have become a well-established means for studying varied aspects of cancer. The recent development in plant lectins research is characterized by increasing interest in the biological activities of these lectins, specially in their antitumor effect. Another natural spice -saffron- also become the focus of recent interest as antitumor agent. This review will briefly summarize research on the study of antitumor and anticarcinogenic effects of plant lectins and saffron extract or their constituentes. These findings are interpreted and the possible mechanism of antitumor effects of plant lectins and saffron are discussed.

Translated title of the contributionAntitumor activity of natural substances: Lectins and saffron
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)195-202
Number of pages8
JournalArchivos Latinoamericanos de Nutricion
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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