Development of Natural Product-Conjugated Metal Complexes as Cancer Therapies

Dik Lung Ma*, Chun Wu, Sha Sha Cheng, Fu Wa Lee, Quan Bin Han, Chung Hang Leung*

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Platinum-based drugs have revolutionized cancer care, but are unfortunately associated with various adverse effects. Meanwhile, natural product scaffolds exhibit multifarious bioactivities and serve as an attractive resource for cancer therapy development. Thus, the conjugation of natural product scaffolds to metal complexes becomes an attractive strategy to reduce the severe side effects arising from the use of metal bearing drugs. This review aims to highlight the recent examples of natural product-conjugated metal complexes as cancer therapies with enhanced selectivity and efficacy. We discuss the mechanisms and features of different conjugate complexes and present an outlook and perspective for the future of this field.

Original languageEnglish
Article number341
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2019

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

User-Defined Keywords

  • Cancer therapy
  • Cytotoxicity
  • Natural product
  • Transition metal complex


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