Cyclin-dependent kinase 7

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Cell division protein kinase 7 is an enzyme that in humans is encoded by the CDK7 gene.[1]

The protein encoded by this gene is a member of the cyclin-dependent protein kinase (CDK) family. CDK family members are highly similar to the gene products of Saccharomyces cerevisiae cdc28, and Schizosaccharomyces pombe cdc2, and are known to be important regulators of cell cycle progression. This protein forms a trimeric complex with cyclin H and MAT1, which functions as a Cdk-activating kinase (CAK). It is an essential component of the transcription factor TFIIH, that is involved in transcription initiation and DNA repair. This protein is thought to serve as a direct link between the regulation of transcription and the cell cycle.[2]


Cyclin-dependent kinase 7 has been shown to interact with:

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  2. "Entrez Gene: CDK7 cyclin-dependent kinase 7 (MO15 homolog, Xenopus laevis, cdk-activating kinase)".
  3. Lee DK, Duan HO, Chang C (Mar 2000). "From androgen receptor to the general transcription factor TFIIH. Identification of cdk activating kinase (CAK) as an androgen receptor NH(2)-terminal associated coactivator". The Journal of Biological Chemistry. 275 (13): 9308–13. doi:10.1074/jbc.275.13.9308. PMID 10734072.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Yee A, Nichols MA, Wu L, Hall FL, Kobayashi R, Xiong Y (Dec 1995). "Molecular cloning of CDK7-associated human MAT1, a cyclin-dependent kinase-activating kinase (CAK) assembly factor". Cancer Research. 55 (24): 6058–62. PMID 8521393.
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  6. 6.0 6.1 Garber ME, Mayall TP, Suess EM, Meisenhelder J, Thompson NE, Jones KA (Sep 2000). "CDK9 autophosphorylation regulates high-affinity binding of the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 tat-P-TEFb complex to TAR RNA". Molecular and Cellular Biology. 20 (18): 6958–69. doi:10.1128/mcb.20.18.6958-6969.2000. PMC 88771. PMID 10958691.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Rossignol M, Kolb-Cheynel I, Egly JM (Apr 1997). "Substrate specificity of the cdk-activating kinase (CAK) is altered upon association with TFIIH". The EMBO Journal. 16 (7): 1628–37. doi:10.1093/emboj/16.7.1628. PMC 1169767. PMID 9130708.
  8. Shiekhattar R, Mermelstein F, Fisher RP, Drapkin R, Dynlacht B, Wessling HC, Morgan DO, Reinberg D (Mar 1995). "Cdk-activating kinase complex is a component of human transcription factor TFIIH". Nature. 374 (6519): 283–7. doi:10.1038/374283a0. PMID 7533895.
  9. Talukder AH, Mishra SK, Mandal M, Balasenthil S, Mehta S, Sahin AA, Barnes CJ, Kumar R (Mar 2003). "MTA1 interacts with MAT1, a cyclin-dependent kinase-activating kinase complex ring finger factor, and regulates estrogen receptor transactivation functions". The Journal of Biological Chemistry. 278 (13): 11676–85. doi:10.1074/jbc.M209570200. PMID 12527756.
  10. Ko LJ, Shieh SY, Chen X, Jayaraman L, Tamai K, Taya Y, Prives C, Pan ZQ (Dec 1997). "p53 is phosphorylated by CDK7-cyclin H in a p36MAT1-dependent manner". Molecular and Cellular Biology. 17 (12): 7220–9. doi:10.1128/mcb.17.12.7220. PMC 232579. PMID 9372954.
  11. Schneider E, Montenarh M, Wagner P (Nov 1998). "Regulation of CAK kinase activity by p53". Oncogene. 17 (21): 2733–41. doi:10.1038/sj.onc.1202504. PMID 9840937.
  12. Giglia-Mari G, Coin F, Ranish JA, Hoogstraten D, Theil A, Wijgers N, Jaspers NG, Raams A, Argentini M, van der Spek PJ, Botta E, Stefanini M, Egly JM, Aebersold R, Hoeijmakers JH, Vermeulen W (Jul 2004). "A new, tenth subunit of TFIIH is responsible for the DNA repair syndrome trichothiodystrophy group A". Nature Genetics. 36 (7): 714–9. doi:10.1038/ng1387. PMID 15220921.

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