Divergent Subcellular Locations of HTLV-I Tax and Int-6: A Contrast between in vitro Protein-Protein Binding and Intracellular Protein Colocalization

J Biomed Sci. 1997;4(5):229-234. doi: 10.1007/BF02253422.


Protein-protein interactions define many important molecular and cellular processes in prokaryotic and eukaryotic biology. In trying to delineate the contact between two proteins, the yeast two-hybrid assay has emerged as a powerful technique. Complementing the yeast two-hybrid assay are in vitro techniques (e.g. GST-fusion-protein chromatography) that can also yield information on protein-protein associations. However, unambiguous functional significance to these interactions is best supported through a finding of colocalization of two proteins inside cells. In instances where two proteins interact in vitro but have divergent localizations within cells one needs to reconsider the biological importance of the former finding. Here, we present evidence for different subcellular locations of HTLV-I Tax and the Int-6 protein. We suggest a reexploration of the functional significance between Tax and Int-6 in cellular transformation.