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Targeting Autophagic Pathways by Plant Natural Compounds in Cancer Treatment

[ Vol. 21 , Issue. 12 ]


Fatemeh Forouzanfar and Seyed Hadi Mousavi*   Pages 1237 - 1249 ( 13 )


Nowadays, natural compounds of plant origin with anticancer effects have gained more attention because of their clinical safety and broad efficacy profiles. Autophagy is a multistep lysosomal degradation pathway that may have a unique potential for clinical benefit in the setting of cancer treatment. To retrieve articles related to the study, the databases of Google Scholar, Web of sciences, Medline and Scopus, using the following keywords: Autophagic pathways; herbal medicine, oncogenic autophagic pathways, tumor-suppressive autophagic pathways, and cancer were searched. Although natural plant compounds such as resveratrol, curcumin, oridonin, gossypol, and paclitaxel have proven anticancer potential via autophagic signaling pathways, there is still a great need to find new natural compounds and investigate the underlying mechanisms, to facilitate their clinical use as potential anticancer agents through autophagic induction.


Autophagic pathways, herbal medicine, cancer, curcumin, resveratrol, oridonin.


Neuroscience Research Center, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Medical Toxicology Research Center, School of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad

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