Podophyllum hexandrum (laghupatra)

Podophyllum hexandrum Royle of family Berberidaceae is an endangered medicinal plant. Rhizome of P.hexandrum contains several lignans which posses antitumor activity. Podphyllotoxin is the most active cytotoxic natural product. It is used as starting compound for the synthesis of anticancer drug etoposide and teniposide. Podophyllotoxin acts as an inhibitor of microtubule assembly. These drugs are used for lung cancer, testicular cancer, neuroblastoma, hepatoma and other tumors.

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