Abstract Title:

Piceatannol: A natural stilbene for the prevention and treatment of cancer.

Abstract Source:

Pharmacol Res. 2020 Jan 8 ;153:104635. Epub 2020 Jan 8. PMID: 31926274

Abstract Author(s):

Kishore Banik, Abhishek Manoj Ranaware, Choudhary Harsha, Thakur Nitesh, Sosmitha Girisa, Vishwas Deshpande, Lu Fan, Savita Pravin Nalawade, Gautam Sethi, Ajaikumar B Kunnumakkara

Article Affiliation:

Kishore Banik


The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented that cancer is the second foremost reason for death worldwide. Various factors are responsible for cancer, for instance, exposure to different physical, chemical and biological carcinogens, infections, hereditary, poor dietary habits and lifestyle etc. Cancer is a preventable disease if detected at an early stage; however, most of the cases of cancer are diagnosed at an incurable advanced or metastatic stage. According to WHO about 70 % of deaths due to cancer occur in countries with low- or middle-income. The major problems associated with the conventional therapies are cancer recurrence, development of chemoresistance, affordability, late-stage diagnosis, adverse side effects and inaccessible treatment. Thus, there is an urgent need to find alternative treatment modalities, which have easy accessibility and are affordable with minimum side effects. In this article, we reviewed the natural stilbene known as"Piceatannol"for its anticancer properties. Numerous preclinical studies have reported the potential of Piceatannol to prevent or impede the growth of various cancers originating from different organs such as brain, breast, cervical, colon, liver, lung, prostate, skin, etc. The current review primarily emphasises on the insights of Piceatannol source, chemistry, and the molecular mechanisms involved in the regression of the tumor. This review supports Piceatannol as a potential anticancer and chemopreventive agent and suggests that it can be effectively employed as a capable anti-cancer drug.

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