Rocaglamide and silvestrol: a long story from anti-tumor to anti-coronavirus compounds
Covering: up to the beginning of 2020
Many natural substances have been transformed again and again with regard to their pharmaceutical-medical potential, including new members of a growing class of natural products, the flavaglines. Important representatives are rocaglamide and silvestrol, isolated from the Aglaia species, which are highlighted here. These products started as potential anti-tumor agents five decades ago and have recently proved to be very promising antiviral agents, especially against RNA viruses. Today they are discussed as potential starting compounds for developing drug candidates and therapeutics.