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Anticancer plants: Properties and Application

Volume 1

  • Mohd Sayeed Akhtar
  • Mallappa Kumara Swamy

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Paola De Cicco, Elisabetta Panza, Chiara Armogida, Giuseppe Ercolano, Giuseppe Cirino, Angela Ianaro
    Pages 1-36
  3. Valéria Regina de Souza Moraes, Paulo Cesar de Lima Nogueira, Emmanoel Vilaça Costa, Luciano de Souza Santos, Valdenizia Rodrigues Silva, Larissa Mendes Bomfim et al.
    Pages 37-55
  4. Manjeshwar Shrinath Baliga, Suresh Rao, Pratima Rao, Krishnaprasad, Sanath Kumar Hegde, Kandel Codi Jalaluddin Akbar et al.
    Pages 57-76
  5. Mohan Lal, Nibir Ranjan Parasar, Anil Kumar Singh, Mohd Sayeed Akhtar
    Pages 77-89
  6. Om Prakash, Pratibha Preeti Maurya, Ajeet
    Pages 129-140
  7. Muhammad Hussein Alu’datt, Taha Rababah, Hafiz Arbab Sakandar, Muhammad Imran, Neveen Mustafa, Mohammad Noor Alhamad et al.
    Pages 141-165
  8. Amey Shirolkar, Manasi Malgaonkar, Amit Pawase, Sudesh Gaidhani, Sharad Pawar
    Pages 167-193
  9. Deepali Shukla, Jayendra Johri, Suchi Srivastava, Poonam C. Singh
    Pages 195-206
  10. Pooja Rawat, Pawan Kumar Singh
    Pages 207-228
  11. Alírica Isabel Suárez, Katiuska Chávez
    Pages 229-283
  12. G. S. Pavan Kumar Achar, B. T. Prabhakar, Suresh Rao, Thomas George, Soniya Abraham, Nicole Sequeira et al.
    Pages 285-301
  13. Rout George Kerry, Pratima Pradhan, Gitishree Das, Sushanto Gouda, Mallappa Kumara Swamy, Jayanta Kumar Patra
    Pages 303-325
  14. Avinash Kundadka Kudva, Suresh Rao, Pratima Rao, Romith Periera, Ganesh Bhandari, Jaffey M. Mathew et al.
    Pages 327-347
  15. Siti Syairah Mohd Mutalip
    Pages 367-393
  16. Zahid H. Siddiqui, B. Hareramdas, Zahid K. Abbas, Talat Parween, Mohammad Nasir Khan
    Pages 395-413
  17. Naveen Kaushal, Suresh Rao, Preety Ghanghas, Soniya Abraham, Thomas George, Sueallen D’souza et al.
    Pages 415-429

About this book


Cancer is one of the leading death cause of human population increasingly seen in recent times. Plants have been used for medicinal purposes since immemorial times. Though, several synthetic medicines are useful in treating cancer, they are inefficient and unsafe. However, plants have proved to be useful in cancer cure. Moreover, natural compounds from plants and their derivatives are safe and effective in treatment and management of several cancer types.

The anticancer plants such as Catharanthus roseus, Podophyllum peltatum, Taxus brevifolia, Camptotheca acuminate, Andrographis paniculataCrateva nurvala, Croton tonkinensisOplopanax horridus etc., are important source of chemotherapeutic compounds. These plants have proven their significance in the treatment of cancer and various other infectious diseases. Nowadays, several well-known anticancer compounds such as taxol, podophyllotoxins, camptothecin, vinblastine, vincristine, homoharringtonine etc. have been isolated and purified from these medicinal plants. Many of them are used effectively to combat cancer and other related diseases. The herbal medicine and their products are the most suitable and safe to be used as an alternative medicine. Based on their traditional uses and experimental evidences, the anticancer products or compounds are isolated or extracted from the medicinally important plants. Many of these anticancer plants have become endangered due to ruthless harvesting in nature. Hence, there is a need to conserve these species and to propagate them in large scale using plant tissue culture. Alternatively, plant cell tissue and organ culture biotechnology can be adopted to produce these anticancer compounds without cultivation. The proper knowledge and exploration of these isolated molecules or products could provide an alternative source to reduce cancer risk, anti-tumorigenic properties, and suppression of carcinogen activities.

Anticancer plants: Volume 1, Properties and Application is a very timely effort in this direction. Discussing the various types of anticancer plants as a source of curative agent, their pharmacological and neutraceutical properties, cryo-preservations and recent trends to understand the basic cause and consequences involved in the diseases diagnosis.

We acknowledge the publisher, Springer for their continuous inspiration and valuable suggestions to improvise the content of this book. We further extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our book contributors for their support, and assistance to complete this assignment. I am sure that these books will benefit the scientific communities including academics, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and medical practitioners. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Mohd Sayeed Akhtar
    • 1
  • Mallappa Kumara Swamy
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BotanyGandhi Faiz-e-Aam CollegeShahjahanpurIndia
  2. 2.Department of Crop Science Faculty of AgricultureUniversiti Putra MalaysiaSerdangMalaysia

About the editors

Dr. Mohd. Sayeed Akhtar, is working as a Assistant Professor in Gandhi Faiz-e-Aam College, Shahjahanpur, U.P., India. He has received his PhD degree from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), India in 2008. He has conducted his postdoctoral research at the Botanical Institute, University of Basel (BIB), Switzerland (2008-2010) and Chonbuk National University (CBNU), Republic of Korea in 2011, respectively, and also works Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, College of Natural Sciences, Jimma university, Jimma, Ethiopia form 2011-2014, and Fellow Researcher UDQ9 at the Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia (2014-2015). Dr. Akhtar has 14 years of research and 8 years teaching experience in Soil Microbiology, Applied Microbiology, Environmental Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Plant Pathology and Plant Nano-biotechnology. Dr. Akhtar has received several prestigious fellowships at National and International levels till date. His promising approach and dedication stands him in the row of foremost scientist in the field of Plant-Microbe Interaction and Plant Nano-biotechnology. He is author and co-author of more than hundred articles in peer reviewed journals, conference proceedings and book chapters in the books published by Springer-Verlag and also edited 5 books with international publishers. He is serving the scientific community as editorial board member and reviewer of several high impact international Journals. His current research is focused on the rhizospheric plant-microbe interactions and their molecular biotechnology, bioremediation, biomineralization, nanofertilizers and Nanobiotechnology.

Dr. Mallappa Kumara Swamy, is presently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia. Dr. Swamy has obtained his PhD (Biotechnology) from Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur, India in 2013. He has more than 14 years of teaching and research experience in the fields of plant biotechnology, secondary metabolites production, phytochemistry and bioactive studies. To his credit, Dr. Swamy has published more than 50 research publications in peer- reviewed journals. Dr. Swamy is also the editorial board member and reviewer of several high impact international journals. Dr. Swamy is presently engaged in cell and tissue culture technology for bioactive compounds production and their bioactivities studies. Also, his research focuses on nanotechnology for medical applications.

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