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Biomedical Applications of Lectins from Traditional Chinese Medicine

[ Vol. 20 , Issue. 3 ]

Author(s):

Senjam Sunil Singh, Jack Ho Wong, Tzi Bun Ng*, Wayenbam Sobhachandra Singh and Robert Thangjam   Pages 220 - 230 ( 11 )

Abstract:


Lectins are proteins or glycoproteins of non-immune origin which have at least one noncatalytic domain that bind reversibly to specific mono or oligosaccharides. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) involves a broad range of medicinal practices sharing common concepts which have been developed in China and are based on a tradition of more than thousands of years. Plant materials which are commonly used in TCM as a complementary or alternative for Western medical treatments contain a considerable number of important lectins. These lectins have been reported to have various applications and uses such as cancer treatment, glycoconjugate research, biomarker development, and others. Here, we summarize the available literature related to lectins from TCM and recent trends in their potential biomedical applications.

Keywords:

Lectins, traditional chinese medicine, cancer treatments, glycoconjugates research, biomarker development.

Affiliation:

Laboratory of Protein Biochemistry, Biochemistry Department, Manipur University, Canchipur, Imphal-795003, School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong, Laboratory of Protein Biochemistry, Biochemistry Department, Manipur University, Canchipur, Imphal-795003, Department of Biotechnology, School of Life Sciences, Mizoram University, Aizawl - 796 004



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