Plant Derived Lectins

  • Irwin J. Goldstein
Part of the Recent Advances in Phytochemistry book series (RAPT, volume 15)


The term lectin [Latin, legere — to pick out, choose] was coined by W. C. Boyd1 in order to call attention to a group of plant seed proteins which could distinguish among human blood groups. Boyd had discovered that extracts of the lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus) specifically agglutinated type A erythrocytes (Fig. 1).


Lima Bean Ehrlich Ascites Tumor Cell Galactose Oxidase Phaseolus Lunatus Bean Lectin 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Irwin J. Goldstein
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological ChemistryUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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