Osthole: A Review on Its Bioactivities, Pharmacological Properties, and Potential as Alternative Medicine
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AbstractThis paper reviews the latest understanding of biological and pharmacological properties of osthole (7-methoxy-8-(3-methyl-2-butenyl)-2H-1-benzopyran-2-one), a natural product found in several medicinal plants such as Cnidium monnieri and Angelica pubescens. In vitro and in vivo experimental results have revealed that osthole demonstrates multiple pharmacological actions including neuroprotective, osteogenic, immunomodulatory, anticancer, hepatoprotective, cardiovascular protective, and antimicrobial activities. In addition, pharmacokinetic studies showed osthole uptake and utilization are fast and efficient in body. Moreover, the mechanisms of multiple pharmacological activities of osthole are very likely related to the modulatory effect on cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) and cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cGMP) level, though some mechanisms remain unclear. This review aims to summarize the pharmacological properties of osthole and give an overview of the underlying mechanisms, which showcase its potential as a multitarget alternative medicine.
All Author(s) ListZhang Z.-R., Leung W.N., Cheung H.Y., Chan C.W.
Journal nameEvidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume Number2015
PublisherOxford University Press
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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