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Recent Research in Selective Cyclin-Dependent Kinase 4 Inhibitors for Anti-Cancer Treatment

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It is well known that cyclins and cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs) play essential roles in regulation of the cell cycle. In past two decades, the scientific researches suggest that the cyclin D1/ CDK4 complex is a key regulator of the transition through the G1 phase of the cell cycle. Moreover, deregulation of the cyclin D /CDK4 pathway has been identified in multiple tumor types. Thus, CDK4 is a genetically validated therapeutic target; hence, there has been a surge of interests in finding selective CDK4 inhibitors as anti-cancer agents. This review will give the recent progress in the studies of structure, functions of CDK4 and highly selective and potent CDK4 inhibitors.

Keywords: CDK4; Cell cycle; G1-phase; anti-cancer agents; cyclin-dependent kinases; selective inhibitors; tumor

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Medicinal Chemistry, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Shandong University, 44 West Culture Road, 250012 Ji'nan, Shandong, P.R. China.

Publication date: 2009-12-01

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