mistletoe lectin

Definition / meaning of mistletoe lectin

A substance that comes from the mistletoe plant and that is being studied as a treatment for cancer. A lectin is a complex molecule that has both protein and sugars. Lectins are able to bind to the outside of a cell and cause biochemical changes in it. Lectins are made by both animals and plants.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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