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Phytoconstituents of Lantana camara L.: Rekindling Hope in the Cancer Treatment


Ishita Kathuria, Mit Joshi, Bhoomika M. Patel and Mahaveer Dhobi*  


Background: Lantana camara L. belongs to the family Verbenaceae. It originated in Tropical America in Southern Georgia and to the North of Texas and was introduced in Calcutta, India in the year 1809 as an ornamental hedge. The plant L. Camara is also distributed in Southeast Asia, China, Australia, Brazil, West Indies, Kenya, Mexico, East Africa, Tanzania. Many of its phytoconstituents possess medicinal properties which are used traditionally to treat fever, uterine hemorrhage, and excess menstrual discharge, chronic ulcers, rheumatism, gonorrhea, toothache, gastrointestinal pain, etc, and has been used in Brazil for curing malaria, mange, headaches, colds, and fevers. <P> Objectives: The review elaborates traditional practices, phytochemistry of Lantana camara L. along with the role of Lantana camara in various types of cancers. <P> Method: The data on L. camara was collected through different online databases like Web of Science, PubMed, Science Direct, Springer, and Google Scholar. <P> Results: Major phytoconstituents isolated from the plant shows anticancer activity specially lantadene A-D, icterogenin, oleanolic acid, lantacamaric acid A, B, oleanonic acid, etc. In vitro and in vivo studies demonstrate its potential for various cancers. Certain extracts, isolated compounds, and their semi-synthetic derivatives have depicted a significant cytotoxic and anti-proliferative effect. <P> Conclusion: Clinical studies are not yet established, therefore, making it crucial to direct future researches in that area.


Lantana camara, phytoconstituents, skin cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer


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