Anticancer Plant Molecules for the Improvement of Immune System

  • Om Prakash
  • Pratibha Preeti Maurya
  • Ajeet


In the past few years, small bioactive molecules of plant origin have become the centre of elevated curiosity among the drug designers. Drug developers are focused for understanding the mechanisms of action and potential role of plant metabolites in the prevention and treatment of multiple diseases including cancer. There are large groups of secondary plant metabolites, which provide numerous potentially health-beneficial biological activities through our diet. In addition to health benefits, many other biological functions are reported in the literature for plant molecules as inhibition of cancer cell proliferation and stimulation of immune function. Many of the structurally diverse plant metabolites stimulate immune cell activity and have great potential as diet-derived immune-modulator chemopreventive agents. They may even serve as lead structures for the development of novel/upgraded drugs for the treatment of both malignant and viral diseases. This chapter has been organised to present extensive description about plants as well as their potential molecules, which are majorly notified for the anticancer activity as well as improvement of immune system.


Anticancer Antiproliferative Immune Immunomodulatory Metabolite 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Om Prakash
    • 1
  • Pratibha Preeti Maurya
    • 2
  • Ajeet
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryUniversity of LucknowLucknowIndia
  2. 2.Computational Biology for Biochemical ExperimentsLucknowIndia
  3. 3.Department of PharmacyVishveshwarya Group of InstitutionsGreater NoidaIndia

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