Detecting protein-protein interactions with the Split-Ubiquitin sensor

Methods Mol Biol. 2012;786:115-30. doi: 10.1007/978-1-61779-292-2_7.


A detailed understanding of a cellular process requires the knowledge about the interactions between its protein constituents. The Split-Ubiquitin technique allows to monitor and detect interactions of very diverse proteins, including transcription factors and membrane-associated proteins. The technique is based on unique features of ubiquitin, the enzymes of the ubiquitin pathway, and the reconstitution of a native-like ubiquitin from its N- and C-terminal fragments. Using Ura3p as a reporter for the reconstitution of the ubiquitin fragments, methods are presented that enable to screen in yeast for interaction partners of a given protein with either a randomly generated expression library or a defined but more limited array of protein fusions.

MeSH terms

  • Biosensing Techniques / methods*
  • Protein Binding
  • Protein Interaction Mapping / methods*
  • Protein Interaction Maps
  • Proteins / analysis
  • Proteins / metabolism*
  • Ubiquitin / chemistry
  • Ubiquitin / metabolism*


  • Proteins
  • Ubiquitin