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Carbohydrate-Protein Interaction

  • Adrienne E. Clarke
  • Ian A. Wilson
Conference proceedings

Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 139)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. G. N. Reeke Jr., J. W. Becker
    Pages 35-58
  3. L. N. Johnson, J. Cheetham, P. J. McLaughlin, K. R. Acharya, D. Barford, D. C. Phillips
    Pages 81-134
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 149-152

About these proceedings

Introduction

Carbohydrate as the primary product of photosynthesis has a vital role in the maintenance of life on this planet. Until relatively recently, interest in complex carbohydrates focussed on their structural role in the extracellular matrix/ cell wall of animal, plant, and microbial cells and on their role as energy sources (e.g., starch and glycogen) and struc­ tural components (e.g., cellulose) in natural products. There was, however, indirect evidence that carbohydrates could play an informational role; this evidence was from the find­ ing last century that plant lectins caused specific agglutina­ tion of certain animal cells and, more recently, that the agglutination was mediated by interactions between the plant lectin and cell surface carbohydrates. It is now clear that endogenous carbohydrate binding proteins are important in cell-cell recognition phenomena in animal systems. Recently, impressive evidence has been presented that complex oligosaccharides, derived from cell walls, are also important in plant recognition events, for example in signalling the defence mechanisms of a plant to respond to attack by insects and microbial pathogens.

Keywords

Glycogen Oligosaccharid cell defence mechanisms insects natural product natural products photosynthesis plant protein proteins synthesis

Editors and affiliations

  • Adrienne E. Clarke
    • 1
  • Ian A. Wilson
    • 2
  1. 1.Plant Cell Biology Research Centre, School of BotanyUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Molecular BiologyResearch Institute of Scripps ClinicLa JollaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-46641-0
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-46643-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-46641-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-217X
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