Studying Chloroplast Protein Interactions In Vitro: An Overview of the Available Methods

  • Joanna Tripp
  • Enrico SchleiffEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 775)


The analysis of protein–protein interactions is essential for the understanding of the molecular events in enzymatic pathways, signaling cascades, or transport processes in the chloroplast. A large variety of methods are available, which range from qualitative assays allowing for screening for new interaction partners, and semiquantitative assays allowing for a rough description of the interaction between two partners, to quantitative assays that permit detailed determination of kinetic and thermodynamic parameters. We summarize the available technologies, describe their range of applications and pitfalls, and give some examples from chloroplast research. The described techniques are generic and thereby important and useful to study the interaction network of proteins in Arabidopsis thaliana. In addition, we refer the reader to detailed protocols published elsewhere for each method.

Key words

Chloroplast Protein–protein interactions Protein transport 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Molecular Cell Biology of PlantsGoethe-UniversityFrankfurtGermany
  2. 2.Molecular Cell Biology of Plants, Centre of Membrane Proteomics, Cluster of Excellence Macromolecular ComplexesGoethe-UniversityFrankfurtGermany

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