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Honokiol: A Novel Natural Agent for Cancer Prevention and Therapy

[ Vol. 12 , Issue. 10 ]


S. Arora, S. Singh, G.A. Piazza, C.M. Contreras, J. Panyam and A.P. Singh   Pages 1244 - 1252 ( 9 )


Honokiol (3’,5-di-(2-propenyl)-1,1’-biphenyl-2,4’-diol) is a bioactive natural product derived from Magnolia spp. Recent studies have demonstrated anti-inflammatory, anti-angiogenic, anti-oxidative and anticancer properties of honokiol in vitro and in preclinical models. Honokiol targets multiple signaling pathways including nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB), signal transducers and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3), epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and mammalian target of rapamycin (m-TOR), which have great relevance during cancer initiation and progression. Furthermore, pharmacokinetic profile of honokiol has revealed a desirable spectrum of bioavailability after intravenous administration in animal models, thus making it a suitable agent for clinical trials. In this review, we discuss recent data describing the molecular targets of honokiol and its anti-cancer activities against various malignancies in pre-clinical models. Evaluation of honokiol in clinical trials will be the next step towards its possible human applications.


Honokiol, chemoprevention, chemotherapy, natural agent, Magnolia, traditional Chinese medicine, cancer, aspirin, taxol, natural products, anti-tumor activity, carcinoma, cytotoxicity, human myelogenous leukemia, adenocarcinoma


Department of Oncologic Sciences, Mitchell Cancer Institute, University of South Alabama, 1660 Springhill Avenue, Mobile, AL 36604-1405, USA.

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