Sialic acid binding lectins

Mandal, Chitra ; Mandal, C. (1990) Sialic acid binding lectins Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, 46 (5). pp. 433-441. ISSN 1420-682X

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The literature contains several reviews on lectins in general, covering mainly those from plants and invertebrates. However, the sialic acid binding lectins have not been reviewed so far. Considering the importance of sialic acids in cell sociology, lectins which specifically recognize terminal sialic acid residues are potentially useful as analytical tools in studying the biological functions of sialoglycoconjugates. These lectins, along with monoclonal antibodies raised against sialoglycoconjugates, have been used in the detection, affinity purification, cytochemical localization and quantitation of such glycoconjugates. In this review the main emphasis has been placed on the occurrence, general purification procedures, macromolecular properties, sugar specificities and applications of these lectins.

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Keywords:Sialic Acid; Lectin; Sialoglycoconjugate; Cell Surface; Antibody; Invertebrate Lectin
ID Code:19373
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