Tuber Lectins with Potentially Exploitable Bioactivities

Author(s): Randy Chi Fai Cheung, Jack Ho Wong*, Tzi Bun Ng*, Ryno Naude*, Krzysztof Rolka*, Ryan Tse, Tak Fu Tse*, Helen Chan*, Stephen Cho Wing Sze*.

Journal Name: Current Medicinal Chemistry

Volume 25 , Issue 42 , 2018

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Abstract:

Lectins are a group of proteins or glycoproteins with various potentially exploitable bioactivities and have been capturing more interest recently. They have been isolated and reported from various tissues of a diversity of plant species. Tubers are modified and enlarged plant structures derived from stems or roots that are used for nutrient storage and asexual reproduction. A number of plants such as yam, taro and potato are grown for their edible tubers, and lectins are found to be one of the major storage proteins. These lectins exhibit potent bioactivities encompassing mitogenic, antitumor, antimicrobial, immunomodulatory, antioxidative, hypoglycemic, insecticidal and nematicidal activities. They are potential resources for development into functional or healthy foods and targets for food protein researchers.

Keywords: Antimicrobial, antioxidative, antitumor, hypoglycemic, immunomodulatory, insecticidal, mitogenic, nematicidal.

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Article Details

VOLUME: 25
ISSUE: 42
Year: 2018
Page: [5986 - 6001]
Pages: 16
DOI: 10.2174/0929867325666180517095308
Price: $58

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