Antitumor Potential and other Emerging Medicinal Properties of Natural Compounds

  • Evandro Fei Fang
  • Tzi Bun Ng

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Lectins: From Biological Recognition Molecules to Variable Medicinal Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Hans-Joachim Gabius
      Pages 13-20
    3. Hans-Joachim Gabius
      Pages 21-32
    4. Yasuharu Watanabe, Takako Naganuma, Tomohisa Ogawa, Koji Muramoto
      Pages 33-54
    5. Clara Shui Fern Bah, Evandro Fei Fang, Tzi Bun Ng
      Pages 55-74
  3. Structural and Functional Insights into Medicinal Ribonucleases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Delia Picone, Antonello Merlino, Roberta Spadaccini
      Pages 93-113
  4. The Perspectives for Ribosome Inactivating Proteins: Unveiling the Working Mechanisms and Potential Medicinal Benefits

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Sylvia Lee-Huang, Philip Lin Huang, Paul Lee Huang
      Pages 117-126
    3. Lucía Citores, Rosario Iglesias, José Miguel Ferreras
      Pages 127-143
    4. Riccardo Vago, Rodolfo Ippoliti, Maria Serena Fabbrini
      Pages 145-179
  5. The Research History of Protease Inhibitors and Their Health Implications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Krzysztof Rolka, Adam Lesner, Anna Łęgowska, Magdalena Wysocka
      Pages 187-204
    3. Kenei Furukawa, Tadashi Uwagawa, Katsuhiko Yanaga
      Pages 205-212
    4. Ho Him Leung, Evandro Fei Fang, Tzi Bun Ng
      Pages 213-224
  6. Plethora of Health Benefits from Small Molecules: From Bench-Top to Clinical Settings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Morten Scheibye-Knudsen
      Pages 239-247
    3. Roshanna Rajendram, Rajkumar Rajendram, Victor R Preedy
      Pages 249-262
    4. Daniel P. Bezerra, Emmanoel V. Costa, Paulo Cesar L. Nogueira
      Pages 285-300
  7. Medicinal Compounds from the Garden: A Bird’s Eye View of One Mushroom, One Fruit, One Insect, and Others

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 301-301
    2. Tzi Bun Ng, Jack Ho Wong, Evandro Fei Fang
      Pages 303-314
    3. Lixin Xia, Tzi Bun Ng, Evandro Fei Fang, Jack Ho Wong
      Pages 335-344
    4. Jack Ho Wong, Tzi Bun Ng, Evandro Fei Fang, He-Xiang Wang
      Pages 359-373
  8. Modernizing Investigations of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Molecular Level

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 375-375
    2. Rudolf Bauer, De-an Guo, Peter Hylands, Tai-Ping Fan, Qihe Xu
      Pages 377-385
  9. Questions and Future Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 405-405
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 419-423

About this book


The modern unhealthy diet and lifestyle in conjunction with pathogens, environmental carcinogens and multiple other risk factors increase humans’ susceptibility to different diseases exemplified by elevated levels of cancers, cardiovascular and communicable diseases. Screening of potential drugs from medicinal plants and animals provides a promising strategy for the alleviation of the impact of these diseases. Components with potential medicinal applications include RIPs, RNases, lectins, protease inhibitors and numerous small compounds. These compounds have shown both preventive and therapeutic effects for humans. This book is a compilation of articles written by internationally renowned experts exploring the different uses of medicinal compounds in human therapeutics. Here we provide a comprehensive outlook on both qualitative and quantitative studies focusing on medicinal plants and animals, and establishing a link between laboratory research discovery and clinical applications.


Autophagy Medicinal plants cancer therapy protein purification traditional Chinese Medicine

Editors and affiliations

  • Evandro Fei Fang
    • 1
  • Tzi Bun Ng
    • 2
  1. 1., Laboratory of Molecular GerontologyNational Institute on Aging, NIHBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2., School of Biomedical SciencesThe Chinese University of Hong KongShatin, Hong KongHong Kong SAR

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