Natural products from plant cell cultures

  • Elizabeth McCoy
  • Sarah E. O’Connor
Part of the Progress in Drug Research book series (PDR, volume 65)


Plants produce complex small molecules — natural products — that exhibit anticancer, antimalarial and antimicrobial activity. These molecules play a key role in human medicine. However, plants typically produce these compounds in low quantities, and harvesting plant natural products is frequently expensive, time-consuming and environmentally damaging. Plant cell culture provides a renewable, easily scalable source of plant material. In this chapter we discuss the successes and pitfalls associated with natural product production in plant cell cultures.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth McCoy
    • 1
  • Sarah E. O’Connor
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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