Optimization of a bacterial three-hybrid assay through in vivo titration of an RNA-DNA adapter-protein

Non-coding RNAs regulate gene expression in every domain of life. In bacteria, small RNAs (sRNAs) regulate gene expression in response to stress and are often assisted by RNA-chaperone proteins, such as Hfq. We have recently developed a bacterial three-hybrid (B3H) assay that detects the strong binding interactions of certain E. coli sRNAs with proteins Hfq and ProQ. Despite the promise of this…