A dual-light reporter system to determine the efficiency of protein-protein interactions in mammalian cells.

M T Nasim, R C Trembath

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Abstract

Methods for determining protein-protein interactions in mammalian cells typically rely on single reporter functions and are susceptible to variations between samples particularly in regard to levels of transcription, processing and translation. A method has been developed for determining protein-protein interactions in mammalian cells, which bypasses these variables confounding single reporter assays. The approach utilizes two units of gene expression linked to reporter functions that are interposed by a deactivation-activation unit in such a way that the downstream expression unit is switched off. Hence upstream expression occurs regardless of protein-protein interaction, leading to the production of the upstream reporter. In the event of protein-protein interactions, the downstream expression unit is switched on leading to dual reporter read outs. Thus, the ratio of the two reporter activities provides a measure to determine the efficiency of protein-protein interactions. To access the system we screened a mutant of BMPR2 where the interaction between BMPR-II and LIMK is abrogated. BMPR-II is a type II receptor of the TGF beta superfamily and plays a key role in the pathogenesis of familial pulmonary arterial hypertension. This system has potential for high-throughput screening of libraries (peptide, chemical, cDNA, etc.) to isolate agents that are capable of interfering with highly selective protein-protein interaction
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e66
Number of pages8
JournalNucleic Acids Research
Volume33
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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