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Exploring the immunomodulatory and anticancer properties of zerumbone

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Plant-derived immunomodulators and anti-cancer agents have attracted a lot of interest from natural product scientists for their efficacy and safety and their significant contribution towards understanding targeted drug action and drug delivery mechanisms. Zerumbone, the main constituent of Zingiber zerumbet rhizomes, has been investigated for its wide-spectrum role in treating multitargeted diseases. The rhizomes have been used as food flavoring agents in various cuisines and in herbal medicine. Many in vivo and in vitro studies have provided evidence of zerumbone as a potent immunomodulator as well as a potential anti-cancer agent. This review is an interesting compilation of all those significant outcomes from investigations carried out to date to explore the immunomodulatory and anticancer properties of zerumbone. The ultimate objective of this comprehensive review is to provide updated information and a critical assessment on zerumbone including its chemistry and immunomodulating and anticancer properties, which may be of paramount importance to provide a new path for ensuing research to discover new agents to treat cancers and immune-related diseases. In addition, updated information on the toxicology of zerumbone has also been summarized to provide its safety profile.

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The article was received on 20 Apr 2017, accepted on 25 Jun 2017 and first published on 26 Jun 2017

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7FO00595D
Citation: Food Funct., 2017,8, 3410-3431
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    Exploring the immunomodulatory and anticancer properties of zerumbone

    Md. A. Haque, I. Jantan, L. Arshad and S. N. A. Bukhari, Food Funct., 2017, 8, 3410
    DOI: 10.1039/C7FO00595D

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