Assessment of the integral membrane protein topology in living cells

Andrey A. Jr Zamyatnin, Andrey G Solovyev, Peter V Bozhkov, Jari P. T Valkonen, Sergey Yu Morozov, Eugene I Savenkov, Jari Valkonen

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The bimolecular fluorescence complementation ( BiFC) phenomenon has been successfully applied for in vivo protein - protein interaction studies and protein tagging analysis. Here we report a novel BiFC- based technique for investigation of integral membrane protein topology in living plant cells. This technique relies on the formation of a fluorescent complex between a non- fluorescent fragment of the yellow fluorescent protein ( YFP) targeted into a specific cellular compartment and a counterpart fragment attached to the integral membrane protein N- or C- terminus or inserted into the internal loop( s). We employed this technique for topological studies of beet yellows virus- encoded p6 membrane- embedded movement protein, a protein with known topology, and the potato mop- top virus- encoded integral membrane TGBp2 protein with predicted topology. The results confirm that p6 is a type III integral transmembrane protein. Using a novel method, the central hydrophilic region of TGBp2 was localized into the ER lumen, whereas the N- and C- termini localized to the cytosol. We conclude that the BiFC- based reporter system for membrane protein topology analysis is a relatively fast and efficient method that can be used for high- throughput analysis of proteins integrated into the endoplasmic reticulum in living plant cells.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPlant Journal
Pages (from-to)145-154
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2006
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 414 Agricultural biotechnology
  • kasvipatologia
  • 411 Agriculture and forestry

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Zamyatnin, A. A. J., Solovyev, A. G., Bozhkov, P. V., Valkonen, J. P. T., Morozov, S. Y., Savenkov, E. I., & Valkonen, J. (2006). Assessment of the integral membrane protein topology in living cells. Plant Journal, 46, 145-154.