Screening and Partial Purification of Lectin from Various Bangladeshi Plant Seeds
1Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Rajshahi University, Rajshahi, Bangladesh
2Department of Pharmacy, Royal Medical Technology Institute, Rajshahi, Bangladesh
3Department of Applied Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Rajshahi University, Rajshahi, Bangladesh
Lectins are group of proteins or glycoprotein of non immunological origins, which can recognize specific carbohydrate structure. In this research work hemaggulutination was used as technique for screening Bangladeshi vegetables for lectin. Five varieties of legume plant seeds Canavalia gladiata(Sword bean),Lens culinaris (Moshordal), Peasum sativam (Motorsuti), Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis (Borboti), Cajanus cajan (Arhordal), one Amaranthaceae Amaranthus caudate (katoadata) and one fruit Citrullus lanatus (Watermelon) species from Bangladesh were examined for lectins with chicken and human erythrocytes. Crude extracts from all the species showed agglutinating activity against the erythrocytes used. The lowest protein concentration required to produce erythrocytes agglutination varied remarkable ranging from 0.7 µg/ml to 8080 µg/ml. The strongest activities were shown in the agglutination of human blood erythrocytes by partial purification of lectin from Moshordal and chicken blood erythrocyte from Katoadata and Sword bean. Inhibition assays performed with mono and disaccharides showed that agglutinating of erythrocytes by Sword bean, Moshordal, Motorsuti and Arhordal extracts were completely inhibited where others three were not inhibited by the sugars. Amonium sulphate at 90% saturation followed by dialysis. Sword bean, Arhordal, Watermelon, Borboti, Motorsuti, Moshordal and Katoadata respectively which correspond to the 144.21 mg, 202.5 mg, 135 mg, 179.4 mg, 6 mg, 288 mg, and 72.8 mg are the total protein content.
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Keywords: agglutinating activity, partial purification, lectins, protein content, inhibition assays
American Journal of Sensor Technology, 2014 2 (2),
Received January 12, 2014; Revised February 07, 2014; Accepted April 28, 2014Copyright © 2013 Science and Education Publishing. All Rights Reserved.
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- Sultana, Mst. Jesmin, Fazle Rabbi Shakil Ahmed, and M. Taufiq Alam. "Screening and Partial Purification of Lectin from Various Bangladeshi Plant Seeds." American Journal of Sensor Technology 2.2 (2014): 20-24.
- Sultana, M. J. , Ahmed, F. R. S. , & Alam, M. T. (2014). Screening and Partial Purification of Lectin from Various Bangladeshi Plant Seeds. American Journal of Sensor Technology, 2(2), 20-24.
- Sultana, Mst. Jesmin, Fazle Rabbi Shakil Ahmed, and M. Taufiq Alam. "Screening and Partial Purification of Lectin from Various Bangladeshi Plant Seeds." American Journal of Sensor Technology 2, no. 2 (2014): 20-24.
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Bangladesh is a riverine country. It is rich in water resources. It is very much potential for production of various plants. Sword bean, Moshordal, Motorsuti, Borboti, Arhordal , Katoadata ,and Watermelon plants are those of them. The common name of the Canavalia gladiata is the “Sword Bean”, Lens culinaris is the “Moshordal” Peasum sativam is the Motorsuti, Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis is the Borboti, Cajanus cajan is the Arhordal, Amaranthus caudate is the katoadata, and Citrullus lanatus is the Watermelon.
They contain considerable amount of lectin/protein. Lectins are sugar-binding proteins which are highly specific for their sugar moieties. They typically play a role in biological recognition phenomena involving cells and proteins. For example, some viruses use lectins to attach themselves to the cells of the host organism during infection. These are the source of an enzyme, unease, which has been exploited commercially. Another definition is, Lectins are a class of proteins that bind sugar specifically and reversibly and that agglutinate cells, are widely distributed in nature, being found in animals, insects, plants and microorganisms . All lectins are glycoproteins, but all glycoproteins are not lectins. In the modern classification, there are 3 main types of lectins: - (1) C-type (2) S-type and (3) legume
(1) C- type lectins: - C-type plants lectins are characterized by a calcium dependent carbohydrate recognition domain. There are two main types of C-type lectins. (a) Mannose-binding protein and (b) Selectins.
(2) S-type lectins:- S-type lectins (S for soluble) are small, soluble proteins with calcium independent affinity for lactosamine and β- galactoside. There are 3 main S-type lectins: (a) S-Lectins (b) Galactose binding and (c) Galectin.
(3) Legume lectins:- They have both calcium and manganese binding site.
But lectins are usually classified on the basis of source. They are of various types: plant lectin, vertebrate lectin, invertebrate lectin, lectin of slime mold, lectin of protozoa, viral lectin and bacterial lectin according to their respective sources.
Vertebrate lectins can be classified into two groups- soluble lectins that may play a role in the secretion or organisation of extracellular glyconjugates  and membrane lectins that are integrated into membranes and are apparently involved in translocation of glycoconjugates in cells . Soluble tissue lectins: Aqueous extracts of many vertebrate tissues contain materials that agglutinate appropriate test erythrocytes. Since this hemagglutination activity can be inhibited by simple sugars or complex glyco-conjugates these materials have been classified as lectins. Like plant lectins, some have also been shown to be mitogens [4, 5]. The first vertebrate purified lectin was from electric organ of the electric eel Electrophorus electricus  and from calf heart and lung  by affinity chromatography.1.1. Invertebrate Lectins
These lectins are found impractically all of the approximately 30 phyla and the various classes and sub-classes of invertebrates [9, 12] mainly in the hemolymph and sexual organs, e. g. albumin glands and eggs [10, 11].They are also present in the membranes of hemocytes cells that function as primitive and rather unspecific immunological protectors .1.2. Biological Properties of Lectin
Since virtually all cells come in a sugar coating, it is not surprising that Lectins binds readily to cells. Such binding may result in a variety of biological effects.1.3. Agglutination
Agglutination is the most easily detectable manifestation of the interaction of a Lectin with cells, and to this very day is used to reveal the presence of a Lectin in a biological source. The ability to agglutinate cells distinguishes Lectins from other sugar-binding macromolecules, such as glycosidases and glycosyltransferases, and is therefore included in the definition of Lectins according to .
For agglutination to occur the bound Lectin must form multiple cross bridges between apposing cells. There is, however, no simple relation between the amount of Lectin bound and agglutination. Cases are even known where considerable amounts of a Lectin are bound to cells without causing agglutination. This is because agglutination is affected by many factors such as the molecular properties of the Lectin (e.g. number of saccharide binding sites, molecular size), cell-surface properties (for example, number and accessibility of receptor sites, membrane fluidity), and metabolic state of the cells . In addition, agglutination is affected by external conditions of assay such as Temperature, cell concentration, mixing and so on. Agglutination is inhibited by appropriate sugar.
2. Materials and Methods2.1. Collection and Delipidation of Seeds
Borboti, Motorsuti, Moshordal, Katoadata, Arhordal, Sword Bean, Watermelon seeds were purchased from local seed market. After removing the seed coat, seeds were pulverized in a mortar and pastel to produce fine powder materials. The meal of seed thus obtained were delipidated by refluxing with diethyl ether. The delipidated seed meal was air dried at room temperature to remove last traces of diethyl ether and used as a starting material for lectin purification.2.2. Crude Extraction of Lectin
Delipidated seed meal (10 gm) was homogenized with 50 ml of 0.02 M Tris-HCl buffer pH 7.4 for 12 hours at 10-15oC. The suspension was filtered through double layer of silk cloth. The filtrate was collected and centrifuged at 10,000 rpm for 10 minutes to remove any solid material. The clear supernatant (48 ml) was used as crude extract.
Partial Purification: 90% NH4SO4 in gm was added into the crude extract of the seeds by the following formula.
And kept it for 6-8 hours at 10-15°C. The suspension was centrifuged at 10,000 rpm for 10 minutes and the clear supernatant was remove. After remove the clear supernatant the precipitation was collected and dissolve in minimum amount (2-3 ml) of buffer solution. Centrifuged at 10,000 rpm for 10 minutes to remove solid material. The clear supernatant (2-3 ml) was used as Partial pure solution of lectin.2.3. Determination of the Protein Content by Biuret Method
Reagent preparation: The reagent was prepared by mixing the following solution.
Standard: Standard contains protein 80 gm/l and sodium azide 0.095%.
20 μl protein sample or 20 μl standard protein sample were added to 1.0 ml of total protein reagent in different test tube, the mixture was shaken for few times, allowed to react for 10 min at room temperature. The absorbance of sample and standard against the reagent blank were measured within 30 min at 546 nm using a UV-Vis Spectrophotometer. The amount of protein content was determined using the following equation.
The partial purified lectin was poured into activated dialysis bag of selectively permeable membrane (e.g. cellophane), immersed in a large volume of buffer. After some hours of stirring, the buffer was replaced by fresh buffer. This was done for several times. After dialysis the purified lectin was collected in a stoppered bottle.2.5. Hemagglutination Studies
i) Preparation of 1% NaCl solution: 1 gm of NaCl was dissolved in about 80 ml of deionized distilled water in a 100 ml volumetric flask. The final volume was made up to the mark by adding deionized distilled water.
ii) Preparation of hemagglutination buffer (20 mM Tris-HCl buffer pH 7.8 containing 0.15 M NaCl and 10 mM CaCl2): 20 mM Tris-HCl was prepared by dissolving 0.24 gm of Tris base in about 90 ml of deionized distilled water. After adjusting the pH to 7.8 with concentrated HCl, the final volume was made up to 100 ml with deionized distilled water. 0.88 gm NaCl and 0.11 gm CaCl2 were added and dissolved in that buffer.2.6. Blood Collection and Preparation
Just before experiment, blood from human and chicken was collected in a centrifuge tube containing sufficient amount of 1% NaCl solution. The blood sample was immediately centrifuged at 3000 rpm for 3 minutes. The supernatant was discarded and the cells were washed similarly for three times with the above solution. Finally a 1% suspension (w/v) of RBC was prepared with hemagglutination buffer.2.7. Hemagglutination Test
The hemagglutination was performed in U-bottom polystyrene microtiter plate as follows: 50 μl of 20 mM Tris buffer pH 7.8 containing 0.15 M NaCl and 10 mM CaCl2 were poured into A1 through H12 of the titer plate. 50 μl of all protein solutions in Tris-HCl buffer were added in A1, B1, C1, D1, E1, F1, G1 of Borboti, Watermelon, Sword bean, Motorsuti, Moshordal, Katoadata and Arhordal, respectively of the titer plate. The protein and buffer were mixed well. Two-fold serial dilution was carried out from 1:1 dilutions in wells A1to G1 down to 1:2048 dilutions in wells A12, to G12 control containing 50 μl of 20 mM Tris buffer pH 7.8 containing 0.15 M NaCl and 10 mM CaCl2, instead of protein solution and 50 μl cell suspensions were used in H1 to H10. The mixture in the titers plate was mixed well by gentle shaking with vortex mixture. The mixture was incubated at 37°C for an hour. After 1 hour of incubation, the sediment erythrocytes were gently mixed with the supernatant and one drop of this suspension was examined under microscope. (Figure 4) The agglutinating activity was expressed as the titer, the reciprocal of the greatest dilution at which visible agglutination could be detected. The specific activity was expressed as titer/mg of protein
3. Result Discussion3.1. Determination of the Protein Content by Biuret Method
20 μl protein samples or 20 μl standard protein samples were added to 1.0 ml of total protein reagent in different test tube, the mixture was shaken for few times, allowed to react for 10 min at room temperature. The absorbance of samples and standard against the reagent blank were measured within 30 min at 546 nm using a UV-Vis Spectrophotometer. And the absorbance of standard for all samples is 0.410. The amount of protein content was determined using the following equation.
It was found that 10 gm seed contains about 144.21mg, 202.5mg, 135mg, 179.4mg, 6mg, 288mg; 72.8mg are the total protein content for Sword bean, Arhordal, Watermelon, Borboti, Motorsuti, Moshordal and Katoadata respectively
Hemagglutination assay has been widely used for the measurement of lectin activity. In the hemagglutination test, 50 μl of 20 mM Tris buffer pH 7.8 containing 0.15 M NaCl and 10 mM CaCl2 were poured into A. to H. 50μl of protein solutions in Tris-HCl buffer were added in A to G of the titer plate. The protein and buffer were mixed well. Two-fold serial dilution was carried out from 1:1 dilutions in wells A1, B1, C1, D1, E1, F1, and G1 down to 1:2048 dilutions in wells A12, to G12. The control containing 50 μl of 20 mM Tris buffer pH 7.8 containing 0.15 M NaCl and 10 mM CaCl2, instead of protein solution and 50 μl cell suspensions were used in H1 to H12. The mixture in the titer plate was mixed well by gentle shaking with vortex mixture. The mixture was incubated at 30°C for an hour. The RBC in the control wells have settled. The end-point was taken as the dilution in the last pair of wells that showed complete (100 percent end point) hemagglutination.
Hemagglutination assay was performed using chicken and human blood erythrocytes. Sword bean lectin powerfully agglutinated Chicken and Human blood erythrocytes in order of hemaggutinating activity. Arhordal, Watermelon, Borboti and Katoadata lectin were agglutinated Chicken erythrocytes. Motorsuti and Moshordal agglutinated by human blood erythrocytes.
The result of hemagglutination activity was presented in Table 3.
Haemagglutination inhibition assay was performed by mixing 25 μl of appropriately diluted lectin (twice the lowest concentration capable of visible agglutination) with 25 μl of 200 mM stock solution of sugar in microtiter plates. After one hour of incubation at room temperature, 50 μl of 1% erythrocyte suspension was added to each well and plates were further incubated for 30 min at 37°C temperature. A control was also run containing 25 μl of PBS, instead of sugar solution. The plates were stabilized at room temperature for 2-3 hrs. The formation of button in the presence of sugar indicated the inhibition of lectin activity i.e. a positive reaction, while formation of mat indicated non-specific sugars. The agglutination inhibition of the crude extract lectins from different vegetables and fruit seeds were tested with glucose and maltose. Lectins from sword bean, arhordal, Motorsuti and Moshordal showed an almost similar sugar inhibition profile and all were found to be specific for glucose and maltose. However, glucose and maltose could not inhibit the agglutinating activity of borboti and watermelon seed lectins. And Katoadata were completely inhibited by the sugars.
Table 4. A summary of hemagglutination assay during partial purification of lectin from vegetables seeds
We have identified and develop a protocol for Lectin extracted and partially purified from Borboti Motorsuti, Moshordal, Katoadata Sword bean, Arhordal and Watermelon by using a alternative source. The lectin was shown the heamagglutination activity and the agglutination inhibition. By using this alternative source we can easily purify the lectin Because lectin has anticancer activities. Thus it helps to improve country economic condition.
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