L-type Lectins

In: Essentials of Glycobiology. 2nd edition. Cold Spring Harbor (NY): Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press; 2009. Chapter 29.


The L-type lectins were first discovered in the seeds of leguminous plants, and they were found to have structural motifs that are now known to be present in a variety of glycan-binding proteins from other eukaryotic organisms. The structures of many of these lectins have been thoroughly characterized, and many L-type lectins are employed in a wide range of biomedical and analytical procedures. This chapter discusses the structure–function relationships of these lectins and the various biological roles they have in different organisms.

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