LINKS: Stuck on Sugars

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Science  25 Mar 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5717, pp. 1847
DOI: 10.1126/science.307.5717.1847d

Like many unsuccessful dieters, the proteins called lectins are drawn to carbohydrates. The molecules, which range from the poison ricin to infection-squelching compounds in the blood, glom onto sugars and kindred substances. Delve into the world of lectins with this sprawling collection of some 2000 links from Thorkild Bøg-Hansen of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. A primer on lectins introduces groups such as the collectins, which recognize carbohydrates in bacterial cell walls and rouse the body's defensive proteins. Visitors can also scan a database with 3D lectin structures or read up on the lectin in kidney beans that occasionally causes food poisoning.

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