Next Article in Journal
Kinetics of Glycoxidation of Bovine Serum Albumin by Glucose, Fructose and Ribose and Its Prevention by Food Components
Next Article in Special Issue
Isolation and Characterization of a Novel Lectin from the Edible Mushroom Stropharia rugosoannulata
Previous Article in Journal
Cannabinoids: New Promising Agents in the Treatment of Neurological Diseases
Previous Article in Special Issue
A Galactose-Binding Lectin Isolated from Aplysia kurodai (Sea Hare) Eggs Inhibits Streptolysin-Induced Hemolysis
Open AccessReview

Banana Lectin: A Brief Review

1
Laboratory of Protein Biochemistry, Biochemistry Department, Manipur University, Canchipur, Imphal 795003, India
2
School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong, China
*
Authors to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Molecules 2014, 19(11), 18817-18827; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules191118817
Received: 9 October 2014 / Revised: 5 November 2014 / Accepted: 12 November 2014 / Published: 17 November 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Lectins)
Lectins are a group of proteins of non-immune origin that recognize and bind to carbohydrates without modifying them. Banana is the common name for both herbaceous plants of the genus Musa and for the fruit they produce. They are indeed a promising source for many medicinal applications. Banana lectins have the potential for inhibiting HIV-1 reverse transcriptase activity, suppressing cancer cell proliferation and stimulating macrophage activities. Nevertheless, compared to other plant lectins, there is relatively little information in the literature on banana lectins, particularly with respect to their structure and biological functions. Herein we focus our review on the structure, functions and exploitable properties of banana lectins. View Full-Text
Keywords: Musa; banana lectins; reverse transcriptase; cancer cell proliferation; macrophage Musa; banana lectins; reverse transcriptase; cancer cell proliferation; macrophage
MDPI and ACS Style

Singh, S.S.; Devi, S.K.; Ng, T.B. Banana Lectin: A Brief Review. Molecules 2014, 19, 18817-18827.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Only visits after 24 November 2015 are recorded.
Search more from Scilit
 
Search
Back to TopTop