Concanavalin A-induced discharge of glycocalyx of raphidophycean flagellates, Chattonella marina and Heterosigma akashiwo.

@article{Okamoto2000ConcanavalinAD,
  title={Concanavalin A-induced discharge of glycocalyx of raphidophycean flagellates, Chattonella marina and Heterosigma akashiwo.},
  author={Tadashi Okamoto and Daekyung Kim and Tatsuya Oda and Koji Matsuoka and Atsushi Ishimatsu and Tsuyoshi Muramatsu},
  journal={Bioscience, biotechnology, and biochemistry},
  year={2000},
  volume={64 8},
  pages={1767-70}
}
Chattonella marina and Heterosigma akashiwo, known as red tide phytoplankton, are naturally wall-less and have quite fragile cell structures. In this study, we found that an equilibrium dialysis technique allowed the study of lectin binding to these flagellates. The results suggested that concanavalin A (Con A) binds to these flagellate cells through the specific carbohydrate moieties on the cell surface. Interestingly, the binding of an excess of Con A on the cell surface caused morphological… CONTINUE READING