Protein interaction data set highlighted with human Ras-MAPK/PI3K signaling pathways

J Proteome Res. 2008 Sep;7(9):3879-89. doi: 10.1021/pr8001645. Epub 2008 Jul 15.


The Ras-MAPK and PI3K-AKT pathways are conserved in metazoan organisms, which involve a series of signaling cascades and form the basis for numerous physiological and pathological processes. Here we report on yeast two hybrid screening results of a protein interaction network around the known components of human Ras-MAPK/PI3K pathways. A total of 42 independent cDNA library screenings resulted in 200 protein-protein interaction (PPI) pairs among 180 molecules. Most of the proteins formed a large cluster that contains 193 PPIs between 169 proteins. Seventy-four interactions indicate high-confidence according to bioinformatics analysis. The prey list contains high enrichment genes with specific Gene Ontology (GO) terms such as response to stress and response to external stimulus. Most interactions link the Ras signaling pathway with various cellular processes. Five interactions were validated by coimmunoprecipitation and colocalization assays in mammalian cells to confirm their in vivo interactions. This protein interaction network provides further insights into the molecular mechanism of Ras-MAPK/PI3K signaling pathways.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Immunoprecipitation
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases / metabolism*
  • Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinases / metabolism*
  • Plasmids
  • Protein Binding
  • Signal Transduction*
  • ras Proteins / metabolism*


  • Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinases
  • Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases
  • ras Proteins