Lectin from Triticum vulgaris (wheat) has been used:• to conjugate with N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) dye• to inhibit nuclear import• to inhibit the nuclear pore of human cervical carcinoma HeLa and SiHa cells
WGA is not blood group specific but has an affinity for N-acetyl-β-D-glucosaminyl residues and N-acetyl-β-D-glucosamine oligomers. WGA contains no protein-bound carbohydrate.
Lectin from Triticum vulgaris (wheat) possessing four binding sites is specific for N-acetyl-d-glucosamine and N-acetyl-d-neuraminic acid (sialic acid) residues. Lectins also function as a fungicide. They also possess anti-nutritive effects.
Lectin from Triticum vulgaris (wheat) is a dimeric glycoprotein of 36 kDa. It belongs to the family of chitin-binding proteins. Glycosylated precursor of lectin is synthesized in endoplasmic reticulum.
Conjugates are prepared from affinity purified lectin.