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Author Kannan, V. M. ♦ Appukuttan, P. S.
Source Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology
Content type Text
Publisher Indian Journal of Biochemistry & Biophysics
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Life sciences; biology ♦ Physiology & related subjects ♦ Biochemistry ♦ Technology ♦ Medicine & health
Subject Domain (in MeSH) Carbohydrates ♦ Chemicals and Drugs ♦ Investigative Techniques ♦ Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment ♦ Chemical Phenomena ♦ Biological Sciences
Subject Keyword Biochemistry
Abstract Sugar-specific binding of bovine brain 14 kDa galactose-binding lectin (BBL) to individual endogenous gangliosides (GM1, GM2, GD1a, GD1b and GT1b) was studied using affinity electrophoresis of ganglioside-lectin mixture in polyacrylamide gel at pH 8.3. Unbound (free) lectin moved ahead while ganglioside-lectin complex moved very little. Sugar-specificity of binding was confirmed by reversal of the interaction by (i) presence of lactose along with the lectin and (ii) pretreatment of gangliosides with another galactose-binding lectin, Ricinus communis agglutinin. Stoichiometry of ganglioside-BBL interaction revealed that GT1b had the highest affinity for the lectin followed by GD1b and GM2, while GM1 and GD1a had the least affinity. Results indicated that a terminal sialic acid moiety covering a galactose moiety may at times enhance BBL recognition of the latter and that changes in ganglioside pattern is a possible modulator of lectin function in vivo.
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Educational Framework Medical Council of India (MCI)
Volume Number 34
Issue Number 3
Page Count 4
Starting Page 249
Ending Page 252