Recent advance in the research of flavonoids as anticancer agents

Mini Rev Med Chem. 2007 Jul;7(7):663-78. doi: 10.2174/138955707781024463.


Flavonoids are ubiquitously in plants which have been shown to possess a variety of biological activities at nontoxic concentrations in organisms. Compelling data indicate that flavonoids have important effects on cancer chemoprevention and chemotherapy, till now, much research has been done about their potential anticancer effect. In this review the discovery and development of flavonoids as potential anticancer agents in recent years have been summarized.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anticarcinogenic Agents / chemistry*
  • Anticarcinogenic Agents / isolation & purification
  • Anticarcinogenic Agents / pharmacology*
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic / chemistry*
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic / isolation & purification
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic / pharmacology*
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Flavonoids / chemistry*
  • Flavonoids / isolation & purification
  • Flavonoids / pharmacology*
  • Humans
  • Plants / chemistry
  • Structure-Activity Relationship


  • Anticarcinogenic Agents
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
  • Flavonoids