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lectins

A group of proteins that bind firmly to specific small sugar (oligosaccharide) parts of glycoproteins and glycolipids. Most lectins in humans are cell membrane proteins with binding sites on the outside of the membranes, and are concerned in cell migration, tissue formation, fertilization, phagocytosis, agglutination, etc.
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Without washing (1:200 dilution), incubation with lectin primer antibody (Abcam, UK) for one night was allowed.
Immunohistochemically, lectin activity was also seen in the half-month of ebner (serous demilune), pars initialis, pars secretory and pars excretory (Figs.
Lectins are just one of a whole group of compounds that act as a defense system against invaders."
Lectins are a type of protein found in many foods including grains and beans.
England's Dr Tom Greenfield examined the effects of lectins on different blood types and said that the protein can 'absolutely' play a role in brain disorders.
The mannose-binding lectin (MBL) is a protein of the innate immune system, belonging to the collectin family, able to deploy a variety of antimicrobial activities.
The HCA revealed that both DN groups were clustered into one class, whereas the HVs and T2DM clustered into another class, and lectins were categorized into three independent groups according to the NFIs of lectins showing the positive signals in HVs and patients (Figure 2(a)).
Some lectins mediate the infection mechanism through the interaction of viral lectins with glycan chains on surface of host cells, resulting in the virus entrance into cell [30].
Mannose binding lectin Level in humans was determined genetically by a number of polymorphic sites in the promoter region of the mbl gene in the and structural gene.