Lectin Release by Soybean Seeds

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Science  16 Sep 1977:
Vol. 197, Issue 4309, pp. 1185-1187
DOI: 10.1126/science.197.4309.1185


Lectin is released from soybean seeds during water uptake. Hemagglutination activity data show that the lectin is a preferential release product within the first 8 hours of hydration. A qualitative filter-paper assay for detection of lectin released by single seeds is used to show that the release phenomenon is independent of seed viability and insensitive to azide.