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A Variety of Saccharide Binding-Sites

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Abstract

This chapter is devoted to discussion of protein binding–sites for saccharides for two main reasons. One is sentimental and self-serving and deals with J.B. Sumner who accidentally isolated concanavalin A when he proved in the twenties of the last century that enzymes are proteins (reference to Sumner is in Chap.  1). Concanavalin A is a protein where this author can mention his own contribution to the understanding of its structure and, in particular, its binding site for glucose and mannose. The other reason is lac-operon repressor that played such a crucial role in molecular biology and eventually provided a description in atomic detail of its interaction with DNA. A short summary of saccharide structure and nomenclature introduces this chapter. It describes as well a cellulose-binding protein that facilitates hydrolysis of crystalline cellulose by cellulases.

Keywords

Identical Monomer Repressor Molecule Met84 Mutant Protein Heat Stability Residue Form Hydrogen Bond 
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  1. 1.CaesareaIsrael

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