Canavalia ensiformis lectin against alpha-linked mannose and glucose (FITC)
Immunofluorescence 1:250-1:1000. The optimum dilution should be determined by the individual lab.
alpha-linked mannose and glucose
10 mM bicarbonate, 150 mM NaCl, pH 8, 0.1 mM Calcium chloride, 0.01mM manganese chloride and 0.05% sodium azide. (Con A has an Isoelectric point of about pH 4.5-5.5 and requires calcium or manganese ions at each of its four saccharide binding sites; THESE IONS SHOULD BE USED IN BUFFER. DO NOT USE PHOSPHATE BUFFER FOR DILUTION OF THIS LECTIN AS IT WILL DECREASE THE ACTIVITY OF LECTIN)
Store at 2-8ºC.
5 mg/ml (Please refer to the vial label for the specific concentration.)
Fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC)
Absorption : 490 nm ; Emission : 520 nm. Ratio : 1.0-1.4 molecules FITC (isomer 1) per Lectin molecule.
For laboratory use only. Not for any clinical, therapeutic, or diagnostic use in humans or animals. Not for animal or human consumption.
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Concanavalin A is a lectin protein (MW 104kDa), homotetramer 26 kDa; originally extracted from the jack-bean, Canavalia ensiformis. It binds specifically to certain structures found in various sugars α-mannosyl and α-glucosyl residues in glycoproteins. It was the first lectin to be available on a commercial basis and is widely used in biology and biochemistry to characterize glycoproteins and other sugar-containing entities. It is also used to purify macromolecules in lectin affinity chromatography. Concanavalin A interacts with diverse receptors containing mannose carbohydrates (serum and membrane glycoproteins).ConA agglutinate strongly erythrocytes without being blood group specific. Normal cell re agglutinated after trypsinisation. ConA is a also a lymphocyte mitogen.ConA reacts with many bacteria, like E. coli Dictyostelium discoideum et B. substilis It is also widely believed to be involved in the interaction between alpha-mannosyl oligosaccharides on the surface of the HIV virus and the human T cell lymphocyte. Inhibiting/Eluting sugars: 200 α-mM α-methyl mannoside / 200 mM α-methyl glucoside mixture.
Carbohydrate-Binding Specificity of Con A: (Manα1,2Manα1,2Man > Manα1,2Man > α-Man > α-Glc > αGlcNAc