A Novel Lectin-Affinity Database for Structural Glycomics

  • Yoriko Takahashi
  • Jun Hirabayashi


Lectins, non-enzymatic glycan-binding proteins, are ubiquitous in nature and act as recognition molecules in many biological processes including cell-cell and cell-molecule interactions, innate immunity, morphogenesis and fertilization. Over the past 120 years numerous lectins have been isolated from plants, microorganisms, fungi, animals and viruses, resulting in a wealth of data. Lectins are also used as invaluable tools for the detection, isolation and characterization of various glycoproteins, or for histopathological examination of cells and tissues and for clinical diagnosis of carcinoma and leukemia.


Glycan Structure Invaluable Tool Mass Spectral Library Simultaneous Manner Lectin Microarray 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoriko Takahashi
    • 1
  • Jun Hirabayashi
    • 2
  1. 1.Bioscience GroupMitsui Knowledge Industry Co., LtdTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Research Center for Medical GlycoscienceAISTTsukuba, IbarakiJapan

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