Insect glycobiology: a lectin multigene family in Drosophila melanogaster

Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1999 Aug 11;261(3):923-7. doi: 10.1006/bbrc.1999.1121.


Glycodeterminants play an important role in mediating cellular and cell-substrate interactions during development and immune-related reactions enabling an organism to distinguish self determinants from non-self or modified-self determinants. One of the hallmarks of sugar recognition molecules (lectins) is their wide range of binding activities and their organisation in multigene families. Here we describe a group of Drosophila genes that are possible members of the C-type lectin family.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Consensus Sequence
  • Drosophila melanogaster / genetics*
  • Lectins / chemistry
  • Lectins / genetics*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Multigene Family*
  • Open Reading Frames
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid


  • Lectins