Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 46, Issue 5, pp 403–405 | Cite as

Clony color assay coupled with 5FOA negative selection greatly improves yeast three-hybrid library screening efficiency

  • Yuanzheng He
  • Lei Bao
  • Dinggan Liu


The recently developed yeast three-hybrid system is a powerful tool for analyzing RNA-protein interactionsin vivo. However, large numbers of false positives are frequently met due to bait RNA-independent activation of the reporter gene in the library screening using this system. In this report, we coupled the colony color assay with the 5FOA (5-fluoroorotic acid) negative selection in the library screening, and found that this coupled method effectively eliminated bait RNA-independent false positives and hence greatly improved library screening efficiency. We used this method successfully in isolation of cDNA of an RNA-binding protein that might play important roles in certain cellular process. This improvement will facilitate the use of the yeast three-hybrid system in analyzing RNA-protein interaction.


colony color assay 5FOA negative selection yeast three-hybrid system RNA binding protein 


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© Science in China Press 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological SciencesChinese Academy of SciencesShanghaiChina

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