A protein capable of precipitating serum α2-globulin was purified from Alocasia macrorhiza tuber. The protein, designated as Alocasia protein was heat labile and was found to exist in four isomeric forms, each having four subunits. The serum α2-globulin binding activity of the Alocasia protein was not altered by the action of proteolytic enzymes like trypsin, chymotrypsin and pepsin. Unlike the naturally occurring lectins, the Alocasia protein failed to agglutinate erythrocytes, leukocytes and the microbial organisms. In addition, different sugars and sugar derivatives did not prevent the complex formation between the Alocasia protein and α2-globulin of serum. Divalent metal ions and SH agents did not affect the activity of the protein. Preliminary studies indicated that haptoglobin and α2-macroglobulins were the major, if not the exclusive proteins that are responsible for interaction with the purified Alocasia protein.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Indian Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics|
|Publication status||Published - 01-08-2000|
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