Novel structures of plant lectins and their complexes with carbohydrates.

TitleNovel structures of plant lectins and their complexes with carbohydrates.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsBouckaert, J., T. W. Hamelryck, L. Wyns, and R. Loris
JournalCurr Opin Struct Biol
Date Published1999 Oct
KeywordsBinding Sites, Carbohydrates, Dimerization, Lectins, Macromolecular Substances, Models, Molecular, Plant Growth Regulators, Plant Lectins, Plants, Protein Conformation, Protein Structure, Quaternary, Protein Structure, Secondary

Several novel structures of legume lectins have led to a thorough understanding of monosaccharide and oligosaccharide specificity, to the determination of novel and surprising quaternary structures and, most importantly, to the structural identification of the binding site for adenine and plant hormones. This deepening of our understanding of the structure/function relationships among the legume lectins is paralleled by advances in two other plant lectin families - the monocot lectins and the jacalin family. As the number of available crystal structures increases, more parallels between plant and animal lectins become apparent.

Alternate JournalCurr. Opin. Struct. Biol.
PubMed ID10508764