Anticancer Activity of Key lime, Citrus aurantifolia

Pharmacognosy Reviews,2016,10,20,118-122.
Published:November 2016
Type:Plant Review
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Author(s) affiliations:

Nithithep Narang, Wannee Jiraungkoorskul1

Mahidol University International College, Mahidol University, Salaya Campus, Nakhon Pathom 73170, 1Department of Pathobiology, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

Abstract:

Citrus aurantifolia (family: Rutaceae) is mainly used in daily consumption, in many cultural cuisines and in juice production. It is widely used because of its antibacterial, anticancer, antidiabetic, antifungal, anti-hypertensive, anti-inflammation, anti-lipidemia and antioxidant properties; moreover, it can protect heart, liver, bone and prevent urinary diseases. Its secondary metabolites are alkaloids, carotenoids, coumarins, essential oils, flavonoids, phenolic acids and triterpenoids. The other important constituents are apigenin, hesperetin, kaempferol, limonoids, quercetin, naringenin, nobiletin and rutin, all of these contribute to its remedial properties. The scientific searching platforms were used for publications from 1990 to present. The abstracts and titles were screened and the full-text articles were selected. The present review is up-to-date of the phytochemical property of C. aurantifolia to provide a reference for further study.