Marine Anticancer Agents: An Overview with a Particular Focus on Their Chemical Classes


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Barreca M., Spane V., Montalbano A., Cueto M., Marrero A. R. D. , Deniz I., ...More

MARINE DRUGS, vol.18, no.12, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.3390/md18120619
  • Title of Journal : MARINE DRUGS
  • Keywords: marine natural products, marine drugs, anticancer, drug discovery, clinical pipeline, PHASE-II TRIAL, ANTIBODY-DRUG CONJUGATE, ASCIDIAN EUDISTOMA-TOEALENSIS, ANTITUMOR POLYETHER MACROLIDE, CHRONIC LYMPHOCYTIC-LEUKEMIA, DOLASTATIN 10 ANALOGS, NON-HODGKINS-LYMPHOMA, NATURAL-PRODUCTS, IN-VITRO, PROTEIN-KINASE

Abstract

The marine environment is a rich source of biologically active molecules for the treatment of human diseases, especially cancer. The adaptation to unique environmental conditions led marine organisms to evolve different pathways than their terrestrial counterparts, thus producing unique chemicals with a broad diversity and complexity. So far, more than 36,000 compounds have been isolated from marine micro- and macro-organisms including but not limited to fungi, bacteria, microalgae, macroalgae, sponges, corals, mollusks and tunicates, with hundreds of new marine natural products (MNPs) being discovered every year. Marine-based pharmaceuticals have started to impact modern pharmacology and different anti-cancer drugs derived from marine compounds have been approved for clinical use, such as: cytarabine, vidarabine, nelarabine (prodrug of ara-G), fludarabine phosphate (pro-drug of ara-A), trabectedin, eribulin mesylate, brentuximab vedotin, polatuzumab vedotin, enfortumab vedotin, belantamab mafodotin, plitidepsin, and lurbinectedin. This review focuses on the bioactive molecules derived from the marine environment with anticancer activity, discussing their families, origin, structural features and therapeutic use.