Erxi Wu, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, will have a manuscript published in the book series titled "Recent Progress in Medicinal Plants." The manuscript is titled "Recent Advances in Natural Bioactive Cycloartane Triterpenoids," and was written with Ze Tian (first author), Kaifeng Liu and Peigen Xiao.
According to the authors, cycloartane triterpenoids are broadly distributed in plants. There has been an increase in the interest in the biological activity of these compounds. The manuscript summarizes the diverse bioactivities of cycloartanes, including anti-tumor, anti-virus, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammation, immune-regulatory, cardiovascular system, nervous system and hepato-protective effects. These compounds possess unique structures and cellular mechanisms of action and might prove to have potential for medical applications.
"Recent Progress in Medicinal Plants" is a large book series introducing the advances of medicinal plants.
Wu's laboratory focuses research on tumor therapeutic targets, signaling pathways, drug discovery and biomarkers.