Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Drug from evergreen tree kills cancer

The anticancer drug, called maytansine inhibit proliferation of breast cancer cells at mitosis. The Maytansine and its analogues maytansinoids are extraordinarily potent antitumor agents that were originally isolated from members of the higher plant families Celastraceae, Rhamnaceae, and Euphorbiaceae. The maytansinoids, a group of ansa macrocyclic lactams with potent antitumor activity, were first isolated from Maytanus species of family Celastraceae. This reasearch will open the new hope for breast cancer disease treatment.

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