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Title: A review of the anticancer and immunomodulatory effects of Lycium barbarum fruit
Authors: Tang, WM
Chan, E
Kwok, CY
Lee, YK
Wu, JH
Wan, CW
Chan, RYK
Yu, PHF
Chan, SW
Keywords: Anticancer
Immunomodulation
Lycium barbarum fruit
Pharmacology
Polysaccharides
Traditional Chinese medicine
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Springer
Source: Inflammopharmacology, 2012, v. 20, no. 6, p. 307-314 How to cite?
Journal: Inflammopharmacology 
Abstract: The anticancer effects of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) have attracted the attention of the public vis-a-vis existing cancer therapies with various side effects. Lycium barbarum fruit, commonly known as Gou Qi Zi in China, is a potential anticancer agent/adjuvant. Its major active ingredients, L. barbarum polysaccharides (LBP), scopoletin and 2-O-b-D-glucopyranosyl-L-ascorbic acid (AA-2bG), are found to have apoptotic and antiproliferative effects on cancer cell lines. Moreover, LBP also contributes to body's immunomodulatory effects and enhances effects of other cancer therapies. It is not known whether there are any undesirable effects. Further studies on its pharmacological mechanisms and toxicology could facilitate a safe usage of this TCM herb.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/17736
ISSN: 0925-4692
EISSN: 1568-5608
DOI: 10.1007/s10787-011-0107-3
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