Anticancer activities of constituents of kava (Piper methysticum)

Tabudravu, Jioji orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-6930-6572 and Jaspars, M (2005) Anticancer activities of constituents of kava (Piper methysticum). The South Pacific Journal of Natural Science, 23 (1). pp. 26-29. ISSN 1013-9877

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Crude extracts of kava (Piper methysticum G. Forster, Piperaceae) showed good activity against ovarian tumour and leukaemia cancer cell lines. Bioassay-guided isolation resulted in the isolation of six known kava lactones and two flavokavains. The structure of the compounds were elucidated by spectroscopic techniques and by comparison with data in the literature.

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