10th World Summit on Immunology, Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
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Purification and Characterisation of Lectin Isolated from Nigeria Achatina Achatina Snail

Chukwujekwu Nwabueze C Odiegwu*1, Ukaejiofo EO2, Tothill IE3, Chianella I3, Okey-Onyesolu CF4
1,4Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria
2University of Nigeria, Nigeria
3Cranfield University, UK

Citation: Odiegwu CNC*, Ukaejiofo EO, Tothill IE, Chianella I, Okey-Onyesolu CF (2020) Purification and Characterisation of Lectin Isolated from Nigeria Achatina Achatina Snail. SciTech Immuno-Microbiology 2020

Received: August 24, 2020         Accepted: August 27, 2020         Published: August 27, 2020


Lectins are carbohydrate-binding proteins, macromolecules that are highly specific for sugar moieties of other molecules. They perform recognition on the cellular and molecular level and play numerous roles in biological recognition phenomena involving cells, carbohydrates, and proteins. Their specificity is defined by the mono or oligosaccharide that inhibits the agglutination competitively. Several specificity groups have been identified such as Galactose, N-acetyl glucosamine, N-acetyl galactosamine, N-acetyl neuramic acid and L-fructose. Blood groups are inherited characters which give rise to antigen-antibody reaction. We have ABO or H antigens. A total of 120 samples of local (Nigeria) Achatina achatina snail specie were collected, authenticated at the Zoology Department of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and 80mls of pooled crude lectin extract was obtained. Purifications were performed on 20mls of the crude extract in three steps via, Ammonium sulphate precipitation and Dialysis (Partial purifications), Con A Sepharose 4B affinity chromatography column (Complete purification). The affinity purified lectin was used for all the actual tests conducted in this research. The crude, partially and complete/affinity purified lectin extracts were subjected to Haemagglutination tests, Immunological assessment, Protein assay and Specific Sugar determinations. The molecular weight was assessed using Sodium dodecyl sulphate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) method. The results of the research showed as follows: On complete/affinity purification, 15mls of pure sample containing only the high molecular weight lectin was obtained. The respective haemagglutination tests on the crude, partially and affinity purified lectin showed on standardisation, preferential agglutination with Blood group A type. Immunologically, it was found that incubation of the lectin with Lymphocytes stimulated Lymphocytes Blastogenesis. The Protein contents of the Lectin was deduced to be as follows: The crude extract contains 13.5mg/dl, Dialysed precipitate – 5.7mg/dl, Dialysed supernatant – 5.0mg/dl and the Affinity purified Lectin – 0.422mg/dl. Galactose N-acetyl amine (Gal NAc) residue was determined to be its specific sugar. The SDS-PAGE analysis showed the molecular weight of the lectin to be 250 K Daltons. This research has therefore succeeded in the Purification and Characterisation of the Lectin Isolated from the local Nigeria Snail - Achatina achatina.
Keywords: Achatina achatina, Lectin, Purification and Characterisation