The ubiquitin-mediated turnover of cyclin E is regulated by phosphorylation and the activity of the ubiquitin ligase SCF(Cdc4) (also known as SCF(Fbw7)). In 293A cells, SCF complexes containing two different Cdc4 isoforms, alpha and gamma, are required for efficient cyclin E ubiquitylation. Whereas SCF(Cdc4gamma) ubiquitylates cyclin E directly, SCF(Cdc4alpha) serves as a cofactor for Pin1-mediated prolyl isomerization of the cyclin E phosphodegron, essential to potentiate ubiquitylation. In the current study, we show that the requirement for both Cdc4alpha and gamma is general, except in cell lines where cyclin E is expressed at an elevated level. Under these circumstances, Cdc4alpha is sufficient for cyclin E turnover. Furthermore, the requirement for Cdc4gamma can be bypassed by ectopic overexpression of cyclin E.