Anticancer Drugs from Animals, Plants, and Microorganisms

  • Publish Date: 1994-04-27
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: George R. Pettit;Fiona Hogan Pierson;Cherry L. Herald
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Affords researchers ready access to a vast body of information on identifying and isolating natural anticancer agents The authors open this valuable text/reference with an in-depth exploration of the vast potential of plant, animal, microorganism constituents as sources for new and effective anticancer, antiviral drugs. They update the literature on cancer-causing and related viruses with an emphasis on HIV. And they summarize the better known tumor promoters and carcinogens, and point out the fine line between antineoplastic and carcinogenic activity. The lions share of the book consists of an exhaustive compilation, in tabular form, of terrestrial and marine products. The first section covers terrestrial and marine plant and animal antineoplastic and cytotoxic constituents, organized by source. Within each chapter, entries are listed in order of molecular formula. Included are the more active synthetic and some semi synthetic analogs, with indications of which modifications are most likely to be useful. Also as an aid to quick reference, indexes provide access to entries by way of compound name, molecular weight, and species name. In the second section, the authors offer an exhaustive survey of marine plant and animal products, including both those with known biological activity and those without. As in the previous section, entries are listed according to molecular formula.