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Nan Fang Yi Ke Da Xue Xue Bao. 2009 Dec;29(12):2383-6, 2390.

[Identification of the interactions between the truncated fragments of macrophage migration inhibitory factor and CD74 using a yeast two-hybrid system].

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  • 1Research Center of Medical Sciences, Guangdong Provincial People's Hospital, Guangzhou/Guangdong Provincial Cardiovascular Disease Institute, Guangzhou 510080, China. zhixinshan@yahoo.com.cn



To investigate the interaction domains between macrophage migration inhibitory factors (MIF) and the extracellular segment of type-II trans-membrane protein CD74 using a yeast two-hybrid system.


By using molecular cloning techniques, the DNA fragments encoding MIF, MIF(50-65) and MIF(1-50/65-115) were introduced into the pGBKT7 vector to construct the corresponding recombinant bait plasmids, and the DNA fragments encoding CD74(73-232), CD74(73-109), CD74(1109-149) and CD74(149-232) into the pGADT7 vector to construct the recombinant activation domain (AD) plasmids. PEG/LiAC method was employed to transform the above 3 recombinant bait plasmids paired with each of the 4 recombinant AD plasmids into the chemical competent yeast AH109 cells. The transformed yeast AH109 cells were screened consecutively on SD/-Trp-Leu and SD/-Trp-Leu-Ade-His/X-alpha-gal nutritional media.


The results of restriction endonuclease digestion and DNA sequencing verified the correct construction of all the recombinant plasmids. The yeast AH109 cells transformed with each of the 3 recombinant bait plasmids could grow on SD/-trp nutritional media without autonomous activation effect on the reporter gene MEL1. The cells transformed with each of the 4 recombinant AD plasmids could also grow on SD/-leu nutritional media without activation of the reporter gene MEL1. Only the yeast AH109 cells co-transformed with MIF, MIF(50-65), or MIF(1-50/65-115) plasmid and CD74(73-232) plasmid could grow on SD/-Trp-Leu-Ade-His nutritional media with transcription activation of the reporter gene MEL1.


MIF interacts with the intact extracellular segment of CD74 (CD74(73-232)) independent of the functional domain of MIF(50-65).

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