Jacalin lectin (AIA) is purified by affinity chromatography and is tetrameric two-chain structure consisting of four identical protomers with an isoelectric point of pH 7.8. The lectin has specificity for blood group types O (+SA) and T. Jacalin is considered a galactose-specific lectin and elutes with galactose or melibiose. A post-translational proteolytic modification of Jacalin gives the lectin a novel carbohydrate-binding site involving the N terminus of the α-chain. The protein’s structure explains it’s carbohydrate-binding specificity of T-antigen disaccharide Galβ1,3GalNAc. Potent inhibitors of jacalin include D-galactose, β-Met-Gal and 2-deoxy-α-D-galactose.
Artocarpus integrifolia (Jacalin) Lectin (AIA) is conjugated to ferritin, that has a molecular weight of 474,000 g/mol (all 24 subunits combined). Ferritin-conjugated lectins can be used to visualize localization of specific saccharide moieties and examine the distribution of plasma membrane glycoproteins. These conjugates can be viewed via electron microscopy.