Polymethoxyflavones as food factors for the management of inflammatory diseases

Chi Tang Ho, Min Hsiung Pan, Ching Shu Lai, Shiming Li

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Recent researches have expanded the concept that inflammation is a critical component of human diseases. The possible mechanisms by which inflammation contribute to various conditions include increase of reactive species and inflammatory cytokines and growth factors leading to alteration of biomolecules, induction of genetic change, cellular dysfunction and enhancement of transformation or proliferation. Thus, targeting the inflammation is potential strategy for prevention of chronic diseases. Numerous epidemiological and laboratory studies suggest that polymethoxyflavones (PMFs) exhibit a broad spectrum of biological activities. Recently, we isolated and identified hydroxylated PMFs from citrus peels and have investigated their biological activities, including anti-inflammation and cancer chemopreventive property. We suggest that hydroxylated PMFs possess greater biological activity potency for chemoprevention on targeting inflammation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-341
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Food and Drug Analysis
Issue numberSUPPL.1
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Food Science
  • Pharmacology


  • Citrus peel
  • Disease
  • Inflammation
  • Polymethoxyflavones

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