Chapter 1. Exploring the Potential of Natural Products in Cancer Treatment

  1. Sotiris Missailidis
  1. Fotini N. Lamari and
  2. Paul Cordopatis

Published Online: 7 NOV 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470697047.ch1

Anticancer Therapeutics

Anticancer Therapeutics

How to Cite

Lamari, F. N. and Cordopatis, P. (2008) Exploring the Potential of Natural Products in Cancer Treatment, in Anticancer Therapeutics (ed S. Missailidis), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470697047.ch1

Editor Information

  1. Department of Chemistry and Analytical Sciences, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

Author Information

  1. Laboratory of Pharmacognosy and Chemistry of Natural Products, Department of Pharmacy, University of Patras, Patras, Greece

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 NOV 2008
  2. Published Print: 21 NOV 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470723036

Online ISBN: 9780470697047



  • natural products in cancer treatment;
  • traditional holistic medicinal systems;
  • natural product potential - novel anticancer drugs;
  • bioactive natural products search;
  • Podophyllum peltatum Linnaeus and Podophyllum emodii;
  • anticancer drugs - teniposide and etoposide;
  • marine organisms and nuclear factor (NF)-κB inhibitors;
  • medicinal chemists and ‘drug-like’ features;
  • combinatorial biosynthesis modifying biosynthetic pathways


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Sources

  • Different Approaches to the Search for Bioactive Natural Products

  • Methodologies of Lead Compound or New Drug Identification

  • Chemoprevention – A New Area for Natural Product Research

  • Concluding Remarks

  • References