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Journal archive > 2007 > N 5 September-October  

LECTINS FROM Sambucus nigra L. INFLORESCENCES: ISOLATION AND?INVESTIGATION
OF BIOLOGICAL ACTIVITY USING PROCARYOTIC TEST-SYSTEMS

I. S. Karpova, N. V. Koretska, L. G. Palchikovska, V. V. Negrutska

Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv;
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Isolation of lectins from extracts of the Sambucus nigra inflorescences and of pollen material have been performed using isoelectric focusing without carrier ampholytes (autofocusing). Fractions active in agglutination tests with different carbohydrate specificity were subjected to SDS–PAGE. The major lectin found in whole inflorescences was GalNAc specific and is proposed to be a hetero­tetramer with subunits of about 30 and 33?kDa. It was called SNAflu-I. At least two other lectins were present in the pollen material and supposed to consist of identical subunits. Major positively charged lectin was Glc/Man specific with subunit of 26 kDa and called SNApol-I. Other pollen component (SNApol-IІ) was Gal specific with subunit of about 20 kDa. In order to elucidate cell targets sensitive for the S. nigra lectin’s activity the combined effects of the lectins and transcriptional of phenazine origin on B. subtilis cells growth have been studied. Only SNApol-I demonstrated the antagonistic activity against these inhibitors in vivo. This lectin but not the SNAflu-I can also inhibit transcription in vitro. It is supposed that lectins from the same source may act in different directions on cell metabolism. Particularly one of the common targets may be the DNA-dependent synthesis of RNA.

Key words: lectins, Sambucus nigra, Bacillus subtilis, autofocusing, phenazines, transcription in vitro.

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