Beta-Lapachone: A Natural Cure

Jason Z. Li
University of Virginia College of Arts and Sciences, Charlottesville, VA, US

Megan E. Kauffman
Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC, US

Zhenquan Jia
University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC, US

Yunbo Robert Li, MD, PhD
Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Buies Creek, NC, USA

Series: New Developments in Medical Research
BISAC: MED071000



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Special issue: Resilience in breaking the cycle of children’s environmental health disparities
Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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Beta-Lapachone is a natural quinone compound found in the lapacho tree bark. Studies over the past decades have demonstrated that this quinone compound possesses diverse biological activities. This book discusses the scientific findings regarding the role of beta-lapachone in treating a wide variety of human diseases in experimental models.

These include cancer, cardiovascular disorders, and infectious diseases, among many others. It is hoped that this book would provide the reader an excellent example illustrating how a natural compound possesses such amazing capabilities to modulate the different aspects of cell biology to potentially impact the diverse human diseases. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical)


Chapter 1 - The Lapacho Tree: The Source of Beta-Lapachone (pp 1-6)

Chapter 2 - Chemistry and Biochemistry of Beta-Lapachone (pp. 7-18)

Chapter 3 - Beta-Lapachone and Cancer (pp. 19-32)

Chapter 4 - Beta-Lapachone and Cardiovascular Diseases (pp. 33-50)

Chapter 5 - Beta-Lapachone and Infectious Diseases (pp. 51-64)

Chapter 6 - Beta-Lapachone and Other Diseases/Conditions (pp. 65-82)

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