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Anal Bioanal Chem. 2010 Aug;397(8):3433-40. doi: 10.1007/s00216-009-3405-5. Epub 2010 Jan 15.

Investigation of protein-protein interactions in living cells by chemical crosslinking and mass spectrometry.

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Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry & Bioanalytics, Institute of Pharmacy, Martin-Luther-Universit├Ąt Halle-Wittenberg, Wolfgang-Langenbeck-Strasse 4, 06120 Halle (Saale), Germany.


The identification of protein-protein interactions within their physiological environment is the key to understanding biological processes at the molecular level. However, the artificial nature of in vitro experiments, with their lack of other cellular components, may obstruct observations of specific cellular processes. In vivo analyses can provide information on the processes within a cell that might not be observed in vitro. Chemical crosslinking combined with mass spectrometric analysis of the covalently connected binding partners allows us to identify interacting proteins and to map their interface regions directly in the cell. In this paper, different in vivo crosslinking strategies for deriving information on protein-protein interactions in their physiological environment are described.

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