Natural Products from Plant Cell Cultures

Elizabeth McCoy, Sarah E. O'Connor

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Plants produce complex small molecules - natural products - that exhibit anticancer, antimalarial and antimicrobial activity. These molecules play a key role in human medicine. However, plants typically produce these compounds in low quantities, and harvesting plant natural products is frequently expensive, time-consuming and environmentally damaging. Plant cell culture provides a renewable, easily scalable source of plant material. In this chapter we discuss the successes and pitfalls associated with natural product production in plant cell cultures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNatural Compounds as Drugs
Subtitle of host publicationVolume I
EditorsFrank Petersen, René Amstutz
Number of pages42
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Publication series

NameProgress in Drug Research
PublisherBirkhauser Verlag Basel
ISSN (Print)0071-786X
ISSN (Electronic)2297-4555

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