cyclin-dependent kinase

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cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK)

a protein kinase that is activated by cyclin.

cyclin-dependent kinase

Abbreviation: CDK
A family of enzymes involved in regulation of the cell cycle. They serve as targets for pharmacological manipulation of this cycle, particularly during the unregulated proliferation of tumor cells.
See also: kinase
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One group of these novel compounds works by inhibiting Cyclin Dependent Kinases (CDK), drug targets that control cancer cell division.
Several novel agents are now in clinical trials in patients with chemoresistant breast cancer, including rucaparib, an oral small-molecule inhibitor of PARP (poly ADP-ribose polymerase), for triple-negative breast cancer; palbociclib, an oral and selective inhibitor of cyclin dependent kinases 4 and 6, in women with hormone receptor-positive / HER2-negative disease; and trastuzumab emtansine, a conjugate of trastuzum ab and the cytotoxic agent mertansine, in patients with chemoresistant HER2-positive breast cancer, Dr.
Palbociclib is an investigational oral and selective inhibitor of cyclin dependent kinases (CDK) 4 and 6.