Development and application of a DNA microarray-based yeast two-hybrid system.

2013/02/01

Suter B, Fontaine JF, Yildirimman R, Raskó T, Schaefer MH, Rasche A, Porras P, Vázquez-Álvarez BM, Russ J, Rau K, Foulle R, Zenkner M, Saar K, Herwig R, Andrade-Navarro MA, Wanker EE.

Nucleic Acids Res. 2013 Feb 1;41(3):1496-507. doi: 10.1093/nar/gks1329. Epub 2012 Dec 28. OpenAccess Publication


The yeast two-hybrid (Y2H) system is the most widely applied methodology for systematic protein-protein interaction (PPI) screening and the generation of comprehensive interaction networks. We developed a novel Y2H interaction screening procedure using DNA microarrays for high-throughput quantitative PPI detection. Applying a global pooling and selection scheme to a large collection of human open reading frames, proof-of-principle Y2H interaction screens were performed for the human neurodegenerative disease proteins huntingtin and ataxin-1. Using systematic controls for unspecific Y2H results and quantitative benchmarking, we identified and scored a large number of known and novel partner proteins for both huntingtin and ataxin-1. Moreover, we show that this parallelized screening procedure and the global inspection of Y2H interaction data are uniquely suited to define specific PPI patterns and their alteration by disease-causing mutations in huntingtin and ataxin-1. This approach takes advantage of the specificity and flexibility of DNA microarrays and of the existence of solid-related statistical methods for the analysis of DNA microarray data, and allows a quantitative approach toward interaction screens in human and in model organisms.

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