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A Review of Fish Lectins

[ Vol. 16 , Issue. 4 ]

Author(s):

Tzi Bun Ng, Randy Chi Fai Cheung, Charlene Cheuk Wing Ng, Evandro Fei Fang and Jack Ho Wong   Pages 337 - 351 ( 15 )

Abstract:


Lectins have been reported from various tissues of a diversity of fish species including Japanese eel, conger eel, electric eel, bighead carp, gibel carp, grass carp, Arabian Gulf catfish, channel catfish, blue catfish, catfish, pike perch, perch, powan, zebrafish, toxic moray, cobia fish, steelhead trout, Japanese trout, Atlantic salmon, chinook salmon, olive rainbow smelt, rainbow smelt, whitespotted charr, tilapia, blue gourami, ayu, Potca fish, Spanish mackerel, gilt head bream, tench, roach, rudd, common skate, and sea lamprey. The tissues from which the lectins were isolated comprise gills, eggs, electric organ, stomach, intestine, and liver. Lectins have also been isolated from skin, mucus serum, and plasma. The lectins differ in molecular weight, number of subunits, glycosylation, sugar binding specificity and amino acid sequence. Their activities include antimicrobial, antitumor, immunoregulatory and a role in development.

Keywords:

Fish, lectins, mucus, roe, serum.

Affiliation:

School of Biomedical Sciences, Lo Kwee Seong Integrated Biomedical Sciences Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong., National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Health, 251 Bayview Boulevard, Suite 100, Room 05B009, Baltimore, MD 21224,USA., National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Health, 251 Bayview Boulevard, Suite 100, Room 05B009, Baltimore, MD 21224,USA., National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Health, 251 Bayview Boulevard, Suite 100, Room 05B009, Baltimore, MD 21224,USA.



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