Articles written in Journal of Biosciences
Volume 2 Issue 1 March 1980 pp 29-36
N-Acetyl-D-glucosamine-binding lectin was isolated and purified from rice by ammonium sulphate fractionation and affinity chromatography using N-acetyl-D-glucosamine linked Sepharose 6B column. It gave a single hand on Polyacrylamide disc gel. It was identified as a glycoprotein. The purified lectin dissociated into two components on Sephadex G-100 column chromatography,-a higher molecular weight fraction not containing any carbohydrate and a lower molecular weight glycoprotein fraction. The apparent molecular weights of these fractions were 85,000 and 14,500. The lectin agglutinated erythrocytes of human A,B,O groups and of several other mammals and its activity was inhibited only by N-acetyl-D-glucosamine. The glycopeptide isolated by pronase digestion of the lectin was homogeneous and did not possess agglutinating activity. It contained about 10% carbohydrate of which xylose, arabinose and glucose were the major components.