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Keyword - Lectin (KW-0430)

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Definition

Protein which specifically binds carbohydrates. Lectins are obtained particularly from seeds of leguminous plants but also from other plant and animal sources. They contain binding sites for specific mono-and oligosaccharides. They agglutinate cells by binding to specific sugar residues in membrane glycoproteins.

Category

Ligand

GOi

carbohydrate binding [ GO:0030246 ]

Graphical

LigandLectin