In this paper we report the successful expression of the winged bean basic agglutinin (WBA I) in insect cells infected with a recombinant baculovirus carrying the WBA I gene and its characterization in terms of its carbohydrate binding properties. The expressed protein appears to have a lower molecular weight than the native counterpart which is consistent with the lack of glycosylation of the former. Moreover, the expressed protein maintains its dimeric nature. Hence, a role for glycosylation in modulation of dimerization of WBA I is ruled out unlike Erythrina corallodendron (EcorL). Despite this the protein is active, with its sugar specificity unaltered.

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