Maackia amurensis Lectin (MAA/MAL I) is a leukoagglutinating lectin isolated from Maackia amurensis seeds and purified by affinity chromatography. MAA I can be used to detect N-linked glycans containing the trisaccharide Siaα2-3Galß1-4GlcNAc. This lectin does not agglutinate one blood type more than another and agglutination can be inhibited by sialyllactose or lactose at higher concentrations. Although MAA I and MAA II are similar in size and structure, this lectin is a more potent mitogen and exhibits less hemagglutinating ability than MAA II.
Maackia amurensis Lectin (MAA/MAL I) 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.