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lec·tin

 (lĕk′tĭn)
n.
Any of various proteins or glycoproteins that bind to the sugar molecules of glycoproteins and glucolipids on the surfaces of cells and are found in most organisms, especially plants. They are used to stimulate lymphocyte proliferation and to agglutinate red blood cells.

[Latin lēctus, past participle of legere, to select; see select + -in.]
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lectin

(ˈlɛktɪn)
n
(Biochemistry) a type of protein possessing high affinity for a specific sugar; lectins are often highly toxic
[C20: from Latin lectus, past participle of legere to select + -in]
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lec•tin

(ˈlɛk tɪn)

n.
any of a group of proteins that bind to specific carbohydrates and act as an agglutinin.
[1954; < Latin lēct(us), past participle of legere to gather, select, read + -in1]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lectin - any of several plant glycoproteins that act like specific antibodies but are not antibodies in that they are not evoked by an antigenic stimulus
glycoprotein - a conjugated protein having a carbohydrate component
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MASP-2 is the effector enzyme of the lectin pathway, one of the principal complement activation pathways.
Genotyping of mannose binding lectin was involved three miss-sense variations in exon 1 (R52C, G54D and G57E).
OMS721 is Omeros' lead human monoclonal antibody targeting mannan-binding lectin-associated serine protease-2 (MASP-2), the effector enzyme of the lectin pathway of the complement system.
Most of the lectin is removed from beans and grains simply by cooking or sprouting them.
The product is the company's lead human monoclonal antibody targeting mannan-binding lectin-associated serine protease-2, the effector enzyme of the lectin pathway of the complement system.
One of the important molecules in the innate immune system that is involved in the first defense mechanism before antibody production is Mannose-Binding Lectin (MBL) [13].
Lectins do damage the gut in studies that feed animals raw beans or pure lectin.