|Title||Making connections for life: an in vivo map of the yeast interactome|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2008|
|Type of Article||Article|
|Keywords||AMINO-ACIDS, CELL-CULTURE, COMPLEXES, CROSS-LINKING, IDENTIFICATION, MASS-SPECTROMETRY, PROTEIN-PROTEIN INTERACTIONS, QUANTIFICATION, QUANTITATION, SACCHAROMYCES-CEREVISIAE|
Proteins are the true workhorses of any cell. To carry out specific tasks, they frequently bind other molecules in their surroundings. Due to their structural complexity and flexibility, the most diverse array of interactions is seen with other proteins. The different geometries and affinities available for such interactions typically bestow specific functions on proteins. Having available a map of protein - protein interactions is therefore of enormous importance for any researcher interested in gaining insight into biological systems at the level of cells and organisms. In a recent report, a novel approach has been employed that relies on the spontaneous folding of complementary enzyme fragments fused to two different proteins to test whether these interact in their actual cellular context [Tarassov et al., Science 320, 1465-1470 (2008)]. Genome- wide application of this protein- fragment complementation assay has resulted in the first map of the in vivo interactome of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The current data show striking similarities but also significant differences to those obtained using other large- scale approaches for the same task. This warrants a general discussion of the current state of affairs of protein - protein interaction studies and foreseeable future trends, highlighting their significance for a variety of applications and their potential to revolutionize our understanding of the architecture and dynamics of biological systems.
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