Journal Menu► ▼ Journal Menu
Journal Browser► ▼ Journal Browser
Special Issue "Plant Lectins: From Model Species to Crop Plants"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2017).
Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Coupure Links 653, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
Interests: lectins; carbohydrate-binding proteins; protein–carbohydrate interactions; carbohydrate recognition; glycosylation; biological activity; physiological importance; defense and immunity; stress proteins; glycobiology
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals
Special Issue in Molecules: Protein-Carbohydrate Interactions, and Beyond
Special Issue in Molecules: Ribosome-Inactivating Proteins--Commemorative Issue in Honor of Professor Fiorenzo Stirpe
Special Issue in International Journal of Molecular Sciences: Protein–Carbohydrate Interactions: Structure–Function Relationships
Lectins—also called carbohydrate-binding proteins—are defined as “proteins that possess at least one non-catalytic domain that binds reversibly to a specific mono- or oligosaccharide”. Numerous plant species consist of one or more proteins containing a lectin domain, enabling these proteins to recognize and bind to specific carbohydrate structures. The group of plant lectins is quite heterogeneous since lectins differ in their molecular structure, specificity for carbohydrate structures, and biological activities. The significant expansion of available genome sequence data enabled the retrieval of sequences encoding lectin motifs from every plant species studied. Based on the sequence conservation of their carbohydrate-recognition domain, plant lectins can be divided into different families of evolutionary related proteins. In spite of decades of research, the function of most lectins has not yet been elucidated.
Protein-carbohydrate interactions underlie many important biological events, including cellular signalling and recognition processes. Carbohydrate chains of glycoproteins, glycolipids, proteoglycans, and polysaccharides play a fundamental role in multiple biological processes. Although there is strong evidence for the importance of protein-carbohydrate interactions in vertebrates, little is known on their implications for the growth and development of plants.
In this Special Issue we aim to collect manuscripts from different research disciplines covering the current knowledge of plant lectins, their molecular characteristics, their biological activities, and their applications.
Prof. Els Van Damme
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Molecular Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. There is an Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal. For details about the APC please see here. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- protein carbohydrate interaction
- carbohydrate binding
- sugar specificity
- biological activity