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Highlights of the Latest Advances in Research on CDK Inhibitors

CALIPHO Group, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, CMU-1, rue Michel Servet' Geneva 4 CH-1211, Switzerland
MAP Kinase Resource, Bern CH-3027, Switzerland
Proteomics Centre, Vilnius University Institute of Biochemistry, Vilnius LT-08662, Lithuania
Systems Biomedicine Division and Department of Virology and Immunology, Haffkine Institute for Training Research and Testing, Mumbai 400 012, India
Nature Research Centre, Vilnius LT-08412, Lithuania
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Cancers 2014, 6(4), 2224-2242;
Received: 25 July 2014 / Revised: 30 September 2014 / Accepted: 14 October 2014 / Published: 27 October 2014
(This article belongs to the Collection Kinases and Cancer)
Uncontrolled proliferation is the hallmark of cancer and other proliferative disorders and abnormal cell cycle regulation is, therefore, common in these diseases. Cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs) play a crucial role in the control of the cell cycle and proliferation. These kinases are frequently deregulated in various cancers, viral infections, neurodegenerative diseases, ischemia and some proliferative disorders. This led to a rigorous pursuit for small-molecule CDK inhibitors for therapeutic uses. Early efforts to block CDKs with nonselective CDK inhibitors led to little specificity and efficacy but apparent toxicity, but the recent advance of selective CDK inhibitors allowed the first successful efforts to target these kinases for the therapies of several diseases. Major ongoing efforts are to develop CDK inhibitors as monotherapies and rational combinations with chemotherapy and other targeted drugs. View Full-Text
Keywords: cancer; kinase; CDK; small molecule inhibitors cancer; kinase; CDK; small molecule inhibitors
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Cicenas, J.; Kalyan, K.; Sorokinas, A.; Jatulyte, A.; Valiunas, D.; Kaupinis, A.; Valius, M. Highlights of the Latest Advances in Research on CDK Inhibitors. Cancers 2014, 6, 2224-2242.

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