Harukuni Tokuda

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Although B-carotene has been considered to be a key cancer preventive agent in green and yellow vegetables, other types of carotenoids, such as a-carotene, may also contribute to anticarcinogenic action, since these carotenoids usually coexist with/~-carotene and are detectable in human blood and tissues. In this study, we compared the inhibitory effect of(More)
Astaxanthin captured peroxynitrite to form nitroastaxanthins. 15-Nitroastaxanthin was a major reaction product of astaxanthin with peroxynitrite. Here, the anti-oxidative, anti-tumor-promoting, and anti-carcinogensis activities of 15-nitroastaxanthin were investigated. In addition to astaxanthin, 15-nitroastaxanthin showed excellent singlet oxygen quenching(More)
In the course of our continuing research in development and evaluation of novel skin cancer chemopreventive agents from marine sources, five semi-synthetic cembranoids derived from the marine natural product sarcophine, isolated from the soft coral Sarcophyton glaucum, were synthesized and shown to exhibit a remarkable chemopreventive activity in the(More)
Compared to the current knowledge on cancer chemotherapeutic agents, only limited information is available on the ability of organic compounds, such as drugs and/or natural products, to prevent or delay the onset of cancer. In order to evaluate chemical chemopreventive potentials and design novel chemopreventive agents with low to no toxicity, we developed(More)
A series of new β-isatin aldehyde-N,N′-thiocarbohydrazone, bis-β-isatin thiocarbohydrazones, bis-β-isatin carbohydrazones was synthesized by condensation of 5-substituted isatin with thiocarbohydrazide or carbohydrazide. The chemical structures of the newly synthesized compounds were confirmed by FT-IR, 1H NMR, and mass spectral analysis. The synthesized(More)
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