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.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Current Medicinal Chemistry|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2018|
Scopus Subject Areas
- Molecular Medicine
- Drug Discovery
- Organic Chemistry