Title

A survey of lectin-like activity in Philippine marine invertebrates

College

College of Science

Department/Unit

Biology

Document Type

Article

Source Title

Philippine Journal of Science

Volume

134

Issue

2

First Page

135

Last Page

142

Publication Date

12-2005

Abstract

Owing to their sugar-recognition specificities, lectins have now become useful tools in targeting carbohydrates on cell surfaces. Using an in vitro hemagglutination assay, we screened several marine invertebrates found in the Philippines to catalog new biosources for these lectins. We found fifty-nine (59) species showing lectin-like activity out of the 90 analyzed and described individual hemagglutination characteristics. Underscoring the diversity and abundance of marine lectin sources, this work hopes to provide valuable information relevant for “farming” novel lectins for biotechnology especially in developing nations with rich marine resources

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Disciplines

Biochemistry | Biology

Keywords

Lectins; Marine invertebrates—Philippines; Blood—Agglutination

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