Pattern Recognition in Legume Lectins to Extrapolate Amino Acid Variability to Sugar Specificity

  • Nisha Jayaprakash Grandhi
  • Ashalatha Sreshty Mamidi
  • Avadhesha SuroliaEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 842)


Biologic recognition is critical for cell growth, its differentiation and a number of other physiological processes. Lectin carbohydrate interactions mediate and regulate these cellular processes. Hence they have attracted a lot of attention recently. Amongst lectins, those from legumes are the most widely studied. Herein, we report our findings based on the influence of amino acid constitution in maintaining the structural integrity and sugar binding specificity of these lectins. We have implemented a pattern recognition system represented by heatmaps and clustergrams. Percentage identity and amino acid composition of 46 legume lectins were computed to distinguish between different sugar specific lectins and derive a consensus amongst them. A clear distinction was apparent between different monosaccharide binding groups based on their composition, sequence identities and the specific amino residues in their combining sites.


Percentage Identity Lens Culinaris Carbohydrate Recognition Domain Specific Lectin Legume Lectin 
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This work has been funded by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India. A.S. is a Bhatnagar fellow, N.G.J. thanks Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt of India for INSPIRE Fellowship. M.A.S. is a D.S. Kothari fellow supported by University Grants Commission (UGC), India.


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  • Nisha Jayaprakash Grandhi
    • 1
  • Ashalatha Sreshty Mamidi
    • 1
  • Avadhesha Surolia
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Molecular Biophysics UnitIndian Institute of ScienceBangaloreIndia

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