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Plant Lectins

"Plant Lectins" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

Protein or glycoprotein substances of plant origin that bind to sugar moieties in cell walls or membranes. Some carbohydrate-metabolizing proteins (ENZYMES) from PLANTS also bind to carbohydrates, however they are not considered lectins. Many plant lectins change the physiology of the membrane of BLOOD CELLS to cause agglutination, mitosis, or other biochemical changes. They may play a role in plant defense mechanisms.


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Plant Lectins" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Plant Lectins" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 72 publications over 27 distinct years, with a maximum of 7 publications in 1997
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