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Hæmagglutinins from Clerodendrum viscosum Vent

Naturevolume 191page292 (1961) | Download Citation



THE capacity of certain plant proteins closely to simulate the action of various human blood group specific agglutinins is well known; the subject has been reviewed by me1. Almost all strong blood-group-specific plant agglutinins have been obtained from the genus Leguminosae; recently a good anti-A (anti-A1) was found in the seeds of Hyptis sauveolens Poit of the genus Labiatiae2. Examination of other non-leguminous plants has now revealed specific agglutinins in the fruit pulp of Clerodendrum viscosum Vent (syn. : C. petasites Lour; C. infortunatum Cook et al., non-Gaert and non-Linn), of the natural order Verbenaceae, a gregarious shrub commonly found throughout India, Burma, Ceylon and the Andaman Islands.

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  1. 1

    Bird, G. W. G., Brit. Med. Bull., 15, 165 (1959).

  2. 2

    Bird, G. W. G., Brit. J. Hæmat., 6, 151 (1960).

  3. 3

    Morgan, W. T. J., and Watkins, W. M., Brit. J. Exp. Path., 34, 94 (1953).

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  1. Blood Transfusion Department, Armed Forces Medical College, Poona, India

    • G. W. G. BIRD


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