Esmat A. Hassan
Boany Department, Division of Agricultural and Biological Research, National Research Centre, Dokki, 12311, Cairo/Giza, Egypt
Egypt is known about the naturally grown plants geographically distributed on the western side of the Nile,Sinai, the Nile valley and Delta, St. Kathrine Protectrateand and the Northern Mediterranean cost belt. The question here is if some of them may be useful as drug resources that can be applied in cancer therapy. The local resources herein meant plants and herbs naturally inhabit or successfully cultivated under normal Egyptian climate conditions during different seasons.
Due to the increase in cancer cases observed among the Egyptian society, The objective is to improve growth and increasing quantitatively the active constituents of certain plants. Experiments on Brassica and fennel plants were carried out.Fennel seeds is usually integrated in soft and dry bakery products either home made ones or in the mass produced by the baking houses themselves. Anti-mutagenic effects of fennel seeds and its active substance anethole was however, tested. Thus we succeeded to use Brassica vegetables as amendments in processing a soft and dry bakery product. It is suggested, and after clinical studies; which we failed to reach ; to be as a dietary meal in the schools of the children as a try to avoid cancer in early stages of their growth. Herein, a glimpse on research activities relevant to the subject is briefed.
A question arise here if there still virgin plant resources that should be subjected to multidisciplinary research activities for drug discovery, mainly to be used in cancer therapy.
Keywords: Anti-cancer, drugs, metabolites, plants, treatments.