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Biotechniques. 1995 Jan;18(1):142-5.

Eukaryotic GST fusion vector for the study of protein-protein associations in vivo: application to interaction of ATFa with Jun and Fos.

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LGME/CNRS, Strasbourg, France.

Abstract

We describe a multipurpose eukaryotic expression vector that incorporates the following features: restriction sites for in-frame insertion of cDNAs of interest between sequences encoding the glutathione-S-transferase (GST) and an oligohistidine element, allowing expression of the corresponding fusion proteins; a phosphorylation site for protein kinase A for in vitro labeling of the fusion protein; a T7 promoter for in vitro transcription and subsequent translation; and signals for single-stranded DNA production in bacteria. We have used this vector to demonstrate the formation in vivo of complexes between the transcription factor ATFa, a member of the family of ATF/CRE binding proteins, and the c-Jun or c-Fos proteins. Such interactions could be detected in crude extracts from cells transfected with vectors expressing the GST-ATFa fusion protein, as well as the c-Jun or c-Fos proteins. Complexes containing both ATFa and either c-Jun or c-Fos were specifically retained on glutathione (GSH)-agarose beads as revealed by immunoblot analyses. We also show that the leucine zipper domain of ATFa is essential for this interaction.

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