Lectins pp 579-606 | Cite as

Lectin Structures: Classification Based on the 3-D Structures

  • Zui FujimotoEmail author
  • Hiroaki Tateno
  • Jun Hirabayashi
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1200)


Recent progress in structural biology has elucidated the three-dimensional structures and carbohydrate-binding mechanisms of most lectin families. Lectins are classified into 48 families based on their three-dimensional structures. A ribbon drawing gallery of the crystal and solution structures of representative lectins or lectin-like proteins is appended and may help to convey the diversity of lectin families, the similarity and differences between lectin families, as well as the carbohydrate-binding architectures of lectins.

Key words

Carbohydrate-binding Crystal structure Protein Data Bank Protein family Protein fold Solution structure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Biomolecular Research UnitNational Institute of Agrobiological SciencesTsukubaJapan
  2. 2.Research Center for Stem Cell EngineeringNational Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)TsukubaJapan

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