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Anti-cancer properties of Murraya koenigii Spreng

Xavier Louis

Xavier Louis
Department of Human Nutritional Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. Email: liebenlx@umanitoba.ca
Online First: January 29, 2015 | Cite this Article
Louis, X. 2015. Anti-cancer properties of Murraya koenigii Spreng. Discovery Phytomedicine 2(1): 10-11. DOI:10.15562/phytomedicine.2015.21


Cancer is certainly one of the most dreaded disease in humans. Already billions of dollars has been invested into cancer research. These researches had led to several promising drugs which are currently being used in cancer treatments. However, still to many patients a cure for their cancerous cells had been elusive mainly due to drug resistance. On the other side, for those who were luckier in which drugs were effective, it was found to be accompanied with unpleasant side effects3. Therefore, it is important to continue explore novel targets that could slow and arrest the growth of cancerous cells while having minimal side effects to the body. Phytomedicine has been in practice since the ancient days. Bindu and Ayesha has reported the potential of Murraya koenigii (commonly called curry leaf plant and widely used as a seasoning ingredient in South-Indian cuisine) to arrest cell proliferation by inhibiting proteasome function in four different cancer cell lines (Caco2, HepG2, HeLa and LNCaP) representing colon, liver, cervical and prostate cancers. It is important to test on various cell lines as IC50 varies greatly with types of cancer.
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