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A report on the crystal structure of a lectin isolated from Canavalia …


Biology Articles » Mycology » Structure of a lectin from Canavalia gladiata seeds: new structural insights for old molecules » Conclusion

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- Structure of a lectin from Canavalia gladiata seeds: new structural insights for old molecules

Our study supports other investigations proposing a function for lectins beyond simple carbohydrate recognition. Plant lectins are proteins which may also interact with secondary metabolites, displaying cell recognition, and defense functions in plant physiology. Here, we described a new interaction site not related to the sugar-binding site in a ConA-like lectin that may be related to plant defense.


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