Handbook of Plant Lectins: Properties and Biomedical Applications

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 30, 1998 - Science - 466 pages
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Plant lectins are extensively used as tools and as bioactive proteins in different areas of biomedical and biological research. The Handbook of Plant Lectins provides a comprehensive yet concise overview of the biochemical properties, carbohydrate-binding specificity, biological activities and applications of most of the currently known plant lectins. This handbook consists of two major sections: an introductory guide and a quick reference dictionary. Part I acquaints the newcomer to the lectin field with the essential information on lectins and their importance to biomedicine:
* what are lectins?
* their carbohydrate-binding specificity
* effects on nutrition and immunology
* use in histochemistry
* application as therapeutic agents
Part II lists approximately 200 lectin entries in alphabetical order. Each entry deals with the lectin(s) of a particular plant and provides, (where known), details of:
* isolation and characterisation;
* sugar binding specificity;
* biological activities;
* applications;
* commercial availability; and,
* a bibliography.
Useful summary tables list lectins according to their specificity, thereby allowing the user to choose the best lectin for their application. A list of suppliers is also provided. Handbook of Plant Lectins will be of interest to biologists and biomedical researchers studying cell biology, cancer research, nutrition, immunology, pathology and physiology.

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Plant Lectins in Mammalian Nutrition Immunology Metabolism
Lectin Histochemistry in Histology and Histopathology
Key to the Use of the Lectin Entries
Classification Codes
Lectin Entries
Appendix A Other Plant Species in which Haemagglutinating
Classification of Lectins According to Sugar Specificity
Appendix E List of Suppliers

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