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Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Tools for the Detection and Identification of Lectins in Major Human Diseases

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Lectins are the (glyco)proteins that recognize and bind to specific sugar moieties without altering their structure. Galectins are mammalian lectins characterized by the presence of conserved 134 amino acids carbohydrate recognition domain and specificity for β-galactosides. The involvement of lectins in diverse biological spectrum, especially some deadly human diseases like cancer, neurological disorders and cardiovascular disorders has proclaimed them as one of the important components of glycobiology, thereby seeking the methods of their detection and identification heavily desirable. In the present manuscript, we have provided a comprehensive outline of various methods of detection and identification of lectins employed till date, with their needs and usage varying according to the level of infrastructure of laboratories and around the world. In addition, a vision for some quick, highly sensitive and advanced methods for lectin detection and identification for diagnostic and therapeutic of various diseases is also provided.
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Keywords: Detection; diseases; galectin; identification; lectin; therapy

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2015

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  • Protein & Peptide Letters publishes short papers in all important aspects of protein and peptide research, including structural studies, recombinant expression, function, synthesis, enzymology, immunology, molecular modeling, drug design etc. Manuscripts must have a significant element of novelty, timeliness and urgency that merit rapid publication. Reports of crystallisation, and preliminary structure determinations of biologically important proteins are acceptable. Purely theoretical papers are also acceptable provided they provide new insight into the principles of protein/peptide structure and function.
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