Review Article

Roscovitine in cancer and other diseases

Jonas Cicenas, Karthik Kalyan, Aleksandras Sorokinas, Edvinas Stankunas, Josh Levy, Ingrida Meskinyte, Vaidotas Stankevicius, Algirdas Kaupinis, Mindaugas Valius


Roscovitine [CY-202, (R)-Roscovitine, Seliciclib] is a small molecule that inhibits cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs) through direct competition at the ATP-binding site. It is a broad-range purine inhibitor, which inhibits CDK1, CDK2, CDK5 and CDK7, but is a poor inhibitor for CDK4 and CDK6. Roscovitine is widely used as a biological tool in cell cycle, cancer, apoptosis and neurobiology studies. Moreover, it is currently evaluated as a potential drug to treat cancers, neurodegenerative diseases, inflammation, viral infections, polycystic kidney disease and glomerulonephritis. This review focuses on the use of roscovitine in the disease model as well as clinical model research.

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