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Purification and Partial Characterization of a Lectin from Canavalia Grandiflora Benth. Seeds

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A D-glucose / D-mannose specific lectin from seeds of Canavalia grandiflora (ConGF) was purified by affinity chromatography on Sephadex G-50. By SDS-PAGE ConGF yielded three protein bands with apparent molecular masses of 29-30 kDa (α chain), 16-18 kDa (β fragment) and 12-13 kDa (γ fragment), like other related lectins from the genus Canavalia (Leguminosae). ConGF strongly agglutinates rabbit erythrocytes, has a high content of ASP and SER, and its N-terminal sequence (30 residues) is highly similar to the sequences of other related lectins from subtribe Diocleinae.

Keywords: (Leguminosae family); Canavalia grandiflora; D-glucopyranoside; N-terminal amino acid; Papilionoideae; subtribe Diocleinae

Document Type: Review Article


Publication date: 2002-02-01

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