Manuscript: cDNA and Gene Structure of MytiLec-1, A Bacteriostatic R-Type Lectin from the Mediterranean Mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis (Imtiaj Hasan, Marco Gerdol, Yuki Fujii, Sultana Rajia, Yasuhiro Koide, Daiki Yamamoto, Sarkar M. A. Kawsar and Yasuhiro Ozeki)
Published on Marine Drugs, 2016, https://dx.doi.org/10.3390%2Fmd14050092
VIVALDI partner involved: UNITS (IT)
A novel class of proteins has been found in mussels (Mytilus spp.) in 2012. Since then, MytiLec has attracted a considerable scientific interest due to a property which could be potentially exploited for biotechnological and therapeutic applications. This paper reports for the first mytilectins as a multi-genic gene family, which could be effectively used for defense in response to pathogen infections. Moreover, it was demonstrated that MytiLec may have a role in microbial recognition and killing.