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| Common Nomenclature:||PlanLec|
|Characterization Notes:||Banana and plantain lectins are also the first documented examples of jacalin-related lectins, which are abundantly present in the pulp of mature fruits but are apparently absent from other tissues. The banana lectin is a powerful murine T-cell mitogen. |
The novel observation was made that banana and plantain lectins recognize internal alpha1,3-linked glucosyl residues, which occur in the linear polysaccharides elsinan and nigeran. Concanavalin A and lectins from pea and lentil, also mannose/glucose binding lectins, did not precipitate with any of these linear alpha-glucans. This is, the authors believe, the first report of the recognition of internal alpha1,3-glucosidic bonds by a plant lectin. It is possible that these lectins are present in the pulp of their respective fruit, complexed with starch. See: Eur J Biochem 2001 May;268(9):2609-15
|References:||Planta 2000 Sep;211(4):546-54|
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