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Bioactive proteins and peptides isolated from Chinese medicines with pharmaceutical potential
Some protein pharmaceuticals from Chinese medicine have been developed to treat cardiovascular diseases, genetic diseases, and cancer. Bioactive proteins with various pharmacological properties have been successfully isolated from animals such as Hirudo medicinalis (medicinal leech), Eisenia fetida (earthworm), and Mesobuthus martensii (Chinese scorpion), and from herbal medicines derived from species such as Cordyceps militaris, Ganoderma, Momordica cochinchinensis, Viscum album, Poria cocos, Senna obtusifolia, Panax notoginseng, Smilax glabra, Ginkgo biloba, Dioscorea batatas, and Trichosanthes kirilowii. This article reviews the isolation methods, molecular characteristics, bioactivities, pharmacological properties, and potential uses of bioactive proteins originating from these Chinese medicines. © 2014 Wong et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
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Wong, Kam L., Ricky N.S. Wong, Liang Zhang, Wing K. Liu, Tzi B. NG, Pang C. Shaw, Philip Chi L. Kwok, Yau M. Lai, Zhang J. Zhang, Yanbo Zhang, Yao Tong, Ho-Pan Cheung, Jia Lu, and Stephen Cho W. Sze. "Bioactive proteins and peptides isolated from Chinese medicines with pharmaceutical potential." Chinese Medicine 9.19 (2014): 1-14.