Affinity purified Hippeastrum hybrid lectin (HHL) is consists of four subunits of identical size. It binds only to (α-1,3) and (α-1,6) linked mannosyl units of α-mannose residues. HHL reacts not only with terminal but also with internal α-D-mannosyl residues. Lectin appears to possess extended binding sites complementary to at least three 1,6-linked α-mannosyl. HHL also binds to some yeast galactomannans.
Cy3 can be used to viualize the binding pattern of Hippeastrum hybrid Lectin (HHL) in cellular imaging and flow cytometry. Cy3 is more photostable than many other flourophores and can be seen with TRITC filter sets. It is commonly combined with green-fluorescent dyes for dual-labeling.