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Cyclins are a group of protein used within the cell cycle. They form complexes with Cdk proteins and these complexes phosphorylate other proteins during control stages of the cell cycle. The synthesis of DNA and mitosis of eukaryotic cells are dependent on the formation of the Cyclin-Cdk complexes, without the formation of these complexes checkpoints cannot be passed within the cell cycle and cell division cannot occur[1]. Cyclin-Cdk complex contains inhibitory phosphates, and to become active, the Cdk must be dephosphorylated by a specific protein phosphatase[2].

Cyclins determine Substrate specificity and are a very diverse family of proteins (35 - 90 kDa).

There are several different cyclins within Mammals and they all bind to different Cdks:


  1. Protoplasma. 2001;216(3-4):119-42. Cyclin/Cdk complexes: their involvement in cell cycle progression and mitotic division. John PC, Mews M, Moore R. SourcePlant Cell Biology Group, Research School of Biological Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia.
  2. 10. Alberts B. Essential cell biology. 1st ed. New York: Garland Science; 2014.
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