A normal evolution of the cell-cycle phases consists of multiple consecutive events, which makes it a highly complex process. Its preservation is regulated by Cyclin-Cdks (cyclin-dependent kinases) interactions and protein degradation, which is often controlled by the ubiquitin-mediated proteolysis.

The goal of this review is to emphasize the most important features of the regulation of the cell-cycle involved in cancerogenesis, by presenting the involvement of E3 ubiquitin ligases SCF (Skp1-Cul1-F-box protein) and APC/C (Anaphase-promoting complex/cyclosome) in human malignancies. Also, we discuss the importance of the ubiquitin proteasome pathway blockade in cancer treatment. We know that a better understanding of the regulatory biology of the cell cycle can lead to the development of new target therapies for cancer.


cell cycle, ubiquitin, regulation, SCF, cancer