A review of fish lectins

Curr Protein Pept Sci. 2015;16(4):337-51. doi: 10.2174/138920371604150429160850.


Lectins have been reported from various tissues of a diversity of fish species including Japanese eel, conger eel, electric eel, bighead carp, gibel carp, grass carp, Arabian Gulf catfish, channel catfish, blue catfish, catfish, pike perch, perch, powan, zebrafish, toxic moray, cobia fish, steelhead trout, Japanese trout, Atlantic salmon, chinook salmon, olive rainbow smelt, rainbow smelt, white-spotted charr, tilapia, blue gourami, ayu, Potca fish, Spanish mackerel, gilt head bream, tench, roach, rudd, common skate, and sea lamprey. The tissues from which the lectins were isolated comprise gills, eggs, electric organ, stomach, intestine, and liver. Lectins have also been isolated from skin, mucus serum, and plasma. The lectins differ in molecular weight, number of subunits, glycosylation, sugar binding specificity and amino acid sequence. Their activities include antimicrobial, antitumor, immunoregulatory and a role in development.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Aquatic Organisms
  • Fish Proteins* / chemistry
  • Fish Proteins* / metabolism
  • Fishes*
  • Fresh Water
  • Humans
  • Lectins* / chemistry
  • Lectins* / metabolism


  • Fish Proteins
  • Lectins