Antioxidants and Cancer: Molecular Mechanisms

  • Peter J. O’Brien
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 366)


Because chemotherapy is often ineffective for the treatment of cancer, considerable efforts are being made to develop agents for “chemoprevention” that would prevent cancers from developing in the first place. Furthermore understanding the antitumorigenic mechanisms should further our comprehension of carcinogenesis mechanisms. In the following, possible molecular mechanisms by which antioxidants inhibit carcinogenesis are reviewed.


Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Ellagic Acid Propyl Gallate Prostaglandin Synthetase Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid 
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  • Peter J. O’Brien
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  1. 1.Faculty of PharmacyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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