Sugars for lectin research

H.J. Treumann Biochemistry ext 4301 hjtreuma at
Mon Feb 13 12:25:57 EST 1995

I would recommend to you to have a look at the catalogue of
EY laboratories, P.O. Box 1787, San Mateo, CA 94401. It is an
excellent source of information for lectin specificity. You can
pretty much rely on what they tell you there about the different

I would order the carbohydrates/glycosides you want to use for 
inhibition studies from any of the big suppliers of biochemical
reagents (Sigma, Boehringer and many others). If you do not find there
what you are looking for you can still try specialised companies, I
would recommend to you to talk to Oxford GlycoSystems (Inc. Cross
Island Plaza, 133-33 Brookville Boulevard, Rosedale, NY 11422). 

A useful reference for you might be: Liener, I.E., Sharon, N., and
Goldstein, I. (ed.), The Lectins. Properties, Functions and applications 
in Biology and Medicine, Academic Press 1986. This is still an excellent
reference source. 

I hope this helps, 

Achim Treumann

disclaimer: I am not affiliated to any of the abovementioned companies. 
This is only my personal opinion - whoever believes me does this at her
(or his) own risk. 

Shiao Y. Wang (sywang at wrote:

: I would like to find out what types of carbohydrate groups are recognized
: by lectins we're studying. Is there a commercial source for kits that
: contain a collection of sugars we can use in inhibitory/competion assays?
: Thanks.

: Shiao Wang
: sywang at

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