The path of carbon in photosynthesis. XXXI. The role of lectins

TitleThe path of carbon in photosynthesis. XXXI. The role of lectins
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsNonomura A.M, Benson A.A
JournalJournal of Plant Nutrition
Date Published2014/05
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0190-4167
Accession NumberWOS:000334067800001
Keywordscalcium; glycoside; growth; leaves; lectin; manganese; ph; plant growth; plants; seed germination; transport

Radish (Raphanus sativus) and Swiss Chard (Beta vulgaris) seedlings, grown hydroponically, exhibited significantly greater increases in height and weight in medium containing alpha-mannoside supplemented with calcium and manganese salts, than in control treatments lacking one or more of those components. Furthermore, seeds sown on medium containing alpha-mannoside plus Ca(2+)and Mn(2+)showed accelerated germination. Calcium and manganese are necessary to maintain the protein conformation of mannose-binding lectins. In the presence of those cations, glycosides displace specific sugars bound to lectins, making them available to support plant growth.

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