Lectins in Extracts of Certain Polygonaceae Seed Precipitate Animal and Human Serums

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Science  28 Jun 1968:
Vol. 160, Issue 3835, pp. 1462-1463
DOI: 10.1126/science.160.3835.1462


Seeds of four species of Polygonaceae were tested for lectins that precipitate human and animal serums. Rumex crispus, Polygonum convolvulus, and Polygonum pennsylvanicum developed specific precipitate bands on double diffusion on agar gel plates. These bands were enhanced and increased in number when extracts were tested against serums from patients with certain diseases. When tested against lyophilized serum, no precipitate bands developed. The active substance cannot be dialyzed through cellulose membrane against running tap water for 16 hours, and it is heat stable. Extracts from Fagopyrum esculentum developed no precipitate bands.

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