Isolation and Partial Characterization of Lectin from the Venom of Vietnamese Scorpion Buthus occitanus sp.

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A lectin was isolated from the venom of scorpion Buthus occitanus sp. by means of Sephadex G-50 gel filtration and CM-cellulose ion exchange chromatography. The homogeneous lectin preparation consisted of homodimeric molecules with a subunit Mr of 9.3 kDa. Glycine, alanine, and serine dominated in the lectin amino acid composition. The lectin was a glycoprotein containing 20% carbohydrates (predominantly mannose and glucose). Trypsin-treated murine erythrocytes agglutinated at a lectin concentration of 32 μg/ml. Hemagglutination was inhibited by carbohydrates (L-fucose > D-glucose > L-rhamnose > D-xylose). The lectin revealed no phospholipase or hyaluronidase, nor toxic activity.

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