Title : In vitro anticancer screening of crude plant polar extracts
Numerous commercial pharmaceuticals – including anticancer, antiviral, and antidiabetic drugs have been developed from traditional plant-derived medicines. With approximately 25,000 species of flora occurring in Australia that are adapted to the harsh environment, there is a plethora of novel compounds awaiting research in the context of their medicinal properties. The current study therefore aimed to develop a systematic protocol of screening plants with potential anticancer activity. Many studies have found polar compounds such as caffeic acid, coumaric acid, chlorogenic acid, quercetin, anthocyanins, hesperidin, kaempferol, catechin, ellagic acid and saponins to be the bioactive components responsible for the therapeutic effects.