Construction and characterization of a normalized yeast two-hybrid library derived from a human protein-coding clone collection

Biotechniques. 2008 Feb;44(2):265-73. doi: 10.2144/000112674.


The nuclear yeast two-hybrid (Y2H) system is the most widely used technology for detecting interactions between proteins. A common approach is to screen specific test proteins (baits) against large compilations of randomly cloned proteins (prey libraries). For eukaryotic organisms, libraries have traditionally been generated using messenger RNA (mRNA) extracted from various tissues and cells. Here we present a library construction strategy made possible by ongoing public efforts to establish collections of full-length protein encoding clones. Our approach generates libraries that are essentially normalized and contain both randomly fragmented as well as full-length inserts. We refer to this type of protein-coding clone-derived library as random and full-length (RAFL) Y2H library. The library described here is based on clones from the Mammalian Gene Collection, but our strategy is compatible with the use of any protein-coding clone collection from any organism in any vector and does not require inserts to be devoid of untranslated regions. We tested our prototype human RAFL library against a set of baits that had previously been searched against multiple cDNA libraries. These Y2H searches yielded a combination of novel as well as expected interactions, indicating that the RAFL library constitutes a valuable complement to Y2H cDNA libraries.

MeSH terms

  • Cloning, Molecular / methods*
  • Gene Library*
  • Humans
  • Protein Binding
  • Proteins / genetics
  • Proteins / metabolism*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / genetics
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / metabolism*
  • Two-Hybrid System Techniques*


  • Proteins