In-vivo Detection of Protein-protein Interactions on Micro-patterned Surfaces

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Unraveling the interaction network of molecules in-vivo is key to understanding the mechanisms that regulate cell function and metabolism. A multitude of methodological options for addressing molecular interactions in cells have been developed, but most of these methods suffer from being rather indirect and therefore hardly quantitative. On the contrary, a few high-end quantitative approaches were introduced, which however are difficult to extend to high throughput. To combine high throughput capabilities with the possibility to extract quantitative information, we recently developed a new concept for identifying protein-protein interactions (Schwarzenbacher et al., 2008). Here, we describe a detailed protocol for the design and the construction of this system which allows for analyzing interactions between a fluorophore-labeled protein (prey) and a membrane protein (bait) in-vivo. Cells are plated on micropatterned surfaces functionalized with antibodies against the bait exoplasmic domain. Bait-prey interactions are assayed via the redistribution of the fluorescent prey. The method is characterized by high sensitivity down to the level of single molecules, the capability to detect weak interactions, and high throughput capability, making it applicable as screening tool.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1969
JournalJournal of Visualized Experiments
Issue number37
Publication statusPublished - 19 Mar 2010


  • Antibodies/chemistry
  • Cell Membrane/chemistry
  • Cytological Techniques/methods
  • Membrane Proteins/chemistry
  • Protein Interaction Domains and Motifs
  • Protein Interaction Mapping/methods
  • Proteins/chemistry
  • Surface Properties


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