Proteins capable of recognizing carbohydrates are called lectins. Lectins are widely distributed in the animal as well as the plant kingdom and function in various ways. Lectins are assumed to play roles in mediating cellular and cell-substate interactions during development and immune reactions. Sometimes, they have been supposed to relay signals to the immune system, which allow an organism to distinguish self-determinants from non-self or modified-self determinants.


Imaginal Disc Larval Hemolymph Mammalian Macrophage Early Pupal Stage Tumor Cell Receptor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Natori
    • 1
  1. 1.The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research 2-1 HirosawaWako-shiJapan

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