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J Immunol Methods. 1998 Mar 15;212(2):193-211.

Jacalin: a jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) seed-derived lectin of versatile applications in immunobiological research.

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Academic Research and Information Management, Stockholm, Sweden.


Jacalin, the major protein from the jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) seeds, is a tetrameric two-chain lectin (molecular mass 65 kDa) combining a heavy alpha chain of 133 amino acid residues with a light beta chain of 20-21 amino acid residues. It is highly specific for the alpha-O-glycoside of the disaccharide Thomsen-Friedenreich antigen (Gal beta1-3GalNAc), even in its sialylated form. This property has made jacalin suitable for studying various O-linked glycoproteins, particularly human IgA1. Jacalin's uniqueness in being strongly mitogenic for human CD4+ T lymphocytes has made it a useful tool for the evaluation of the immune status of patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1. The abundance of source material for the production of jacalin, its ease of purification, yield and stability have made it an attractive cost-effective lectin. It has found applications in diverse areas such as the isolation of human plasma glycoproteins (IgA1, C1-inhibitor, hemopexin, alpha2-HSG), the investigation of IgA-nephropathy, the analysis of O-linked glycoproteins and the detection of tumours.

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