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THE GENUS LITSEA: A REVIEW OF ITS CYTOTOXIC POTENTIAL AND PHYTOCHEMISTRY
by Ms. Sayali Rajesh Churi, 28 Feb 2021
Co-Author(s): Tabassum Khan

Litsea belonging to the family Lauraceae has around 200-400 species widely distributed in the tropical and subtropical regions. In China, Litsea species are used traditionally in many disease conditions such as bone pain, diarrhea, edema, dyspepsia, gastroenteritis, colds, etc. Litsea glutinosa has been traditionally used in the treatment of tumors by the local people of Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh. Also, 15 other Litsea species are reported to have cytotoxic activity against various cancer cell lines making this genus a promising potential source of anticancer compounds. This review provides comprehensive information about the cytotoxicity potential of various species in the genus Litsea along with secondary metabolites responsible and its potential utility in lung, breast, hepatocellular, ovarian, prostate, colon, and cervical cancer therapeutics as a botanical product. The published cytotoxicity data of these plants mainly based on in-vitro studies with very few molecular levels and mechanistic studies conducted. The optimistic results of these 16 species open up unexplored vistas of natural product chemistry and the anticancer potential of this genus.

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