The yeast two-hybrid system reveals no interaction between p73 alpha and SV40 large T-antigen

Arch Virol. 1999;144(3):621-6. doi: 10.1007/s007050050530.


SV40 and/or DNA sequences indistinguishable from SV40 have been detected in several types of human tumours. The oncoprotein of Simian virus 40, SV40 large T-antigen (Tag), is known to bind and inactivate tumour suppressor proteins, such as members of the retinoblastoma family and p53, thereby promoting cell transformation. In this study, we used the yeast two-hybrid system to investigate whether the Simian virus 40 (SV40) large T-antigen is able to interact with p73, a noval discovered putative tumour suppressor, that is homologous both structurally and functionally to p53. The yeast two-hybrid system is a genetic method to detect protein-protein-interactions in vivo. Our results suggest that the SV40 large T-antigen is not able to bind p73 in yeast although both proteins are expressed in the transformed yeast strain as was shown by western blot analysis.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antigens, Polyomavirus Transforming / genetics
  • Antigens, Polyomavirus Transforming / metabolism*
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / genetics
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / metabolism*
  • Genes, Tumor Suppressor*
  • Humans
  • Nuclear Proteins / genetics
  • Nuclear Proteins / metabolism*
  • Tumor Protein p73
  • Tumor Suppressor Proteins
  • Yeasts


  • Antigens, Polyomavirus Transforming
  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • TP73 protein, human
  • Tumor Protein p73
  • Tumor Suppressor Proteins