Saponins from Chinese Medicines as Anticancer Agents

Authors: Xiao-Huang Xu, Ting Li, Chi Man Vivienne Fong, Xiuping Chen, Xiao-Jia Chen, Yi-Tao Wang, Ming-Qing Huang,  and Jin-Jian Lu Source: Molecules 2016, 21, 1326; doi:10.3390/molecules21101326 Abstract: Saponins are glycosides with triterpenoid or spirostane aglycones that demonstrate various pharmacological effects against mammalian diseases. To promote the research and development of anticancer agents from saponins, this review focuses on the anticancer properties of several typical naturally derived triterpenoid saponins (ginsenosides and saikosaponins) and steroid saponins (dioscin, polyphyllin, and timosaponin) isolated from Chinese medicines. These saponins exhibit in vitro and in vivo…

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