Cucurbitacins a Vibrant Triterpenoid: A Review on its Anticancer Property

  • Sahidul Ali Mir Tripura University
  • Souvik Mukherjee Central University of Punjab
  • Subhajit Makar Central University of Punjab
  • Gargi Pal NSHM Knowledge Campus
Keywords: Cucurbitaceae, Cucurbitacin, Herbal, Anticancer, Triterpenoids


Cucurbitacins which are structurally unlike triterpenes found in the members of Cucurbitaceae and several other plant families possess immense pharmacological activity. This diverse group of compounds may substantiate to be important lead molecules for the treatment of cancer. Research focused on these unattended medicinal compounds can prove the significance and explore the hidden potential to cure various diseases. These compounds show their proposed mode of action, probable molecular targets and have future aspects of their use as a medicinal agent. This review is aimed to provide the chemical nature and medicinal property of cucurbitacins.

Author Biographies

Sahidul Ali Mir, Tripura University

Department of Chemical and Polymer Engineering,
Tripura University, Suryamaninagar, Tripura, India

Souvik Mukherjee, Central University of Punjab

Centre for Pharmaceutical Sciences & Natural Products,
Central University of Punjab,
Bathinda, Punjab, India

Subhajit Makar, Central University of Punjab

School of Basic and Applied Sciences,
Central University of Punjab,
Bathinda, Punjab, India

Gargi Pal, NSHM Knowledge Campus

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology,
NSHM Knowledge Campus, Kolkata, India


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How to Cite
Mir, S.A., Mukherjee, S., Makar, S. and Pal, G. 2019. Cucurbitacins a Vibrant Triterpenoid: A Review on its Anticancer Property. PharmaTutor. 7, 2 (Feb. 2019), 43-54. DOI: