Molecular insight in the multifunctional activities of Withaferin AMolecular insight in the multifunctional activities of Withaferin A
Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences . Biomedical Sciences
Proteinchemistry, proteomics and epigenetic signalling(PPES)
2012Oxford :Pergamon-Elsevier Science, 2012
Biochemical pharmacology. - Oxford
84(2012):10, p. 1282-1291
University of Antwerp
Herbal medicine which involves the use of plants for their medicinal value, dates as far back as the origin of mankind and demonstrates an array of applications including cardiovascular protection and anticancer activities, via antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and metabolic activities. Even today the popularity of medicinal herbs is still growing like in traditional medicines such as the Indian medicine, Ayurveda. One of the Ayurvedic medicinal plants is Withania somnifera Dunal, of which the important constituents are the withanolides. Among them, Withaferin A is one of the most bioactive compounds, exerting anti-inflammatory, pro-apoptotic but also anti-invasive and anti-angiogenic effects. In the context of modern pharmacology, a better insight in the underlying mechanism of the broad range of bioactivities exerted by Withaferin A is compulsory. Therefore, a lot of effort was made to explore the intracellular effects of Withaferin A and to characterize its target proteins. This review provides a decisive insight on the molecular basis of the health-promoting potential of Withaferin A. (C) 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.