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Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Volume 2014, Article ID 765832, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/765832
Review Article

Resveratrol Oligomers for the Prevention and Treatment of Cancers

1Department of Cell Biology & Institute of Biomedicine, College of Life Science and Technology, Jinan University, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510630, China
2Department of Urology, Third Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510630, China
3Chemical Biology Center, Lishui Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Lishui, Zhejiang 32300, China

Received 15 January 2014; Accepted 12 February 2014; Published 23 March 2014

Academic Editor: Xiaoqian Chen

Copyright © 2014 You-Qiu Xue et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Resveratrol (3,4′,5-trihydroxystilbene) is a naturally derived phytoalexin stilbene isolated from grapes and other plants, playing an important role in human health and is well known for its extensive bioactivities, such as antioxidation, anti-inflammatory, anticancer. In addition to resveratrol, scientists also pay attention to resveratrol oligomers, derivatives of resveratrol, which are characterized by the polymerization of two to eight, or even more resveratrol units, and are the largest group of oligomeric stilbenes. Resveratrol oligomers have multiple beneficial properties, of which some are superior in activity, stability, and selectivity compared with resveratrol. The complicated structures and diverse biological activities are of significant interest for drug research and development and may provide promising prospects as cancer preventive and therapeutical agents. This review presents an overview on preventive or anticancer properties of resveratrol oligomers.