Extracts of adult chicken liver, pancreas, and intestine contain high levels of a lectin which appears to be identical to one previously purified from embryonic chick muscle. This lectin is virtually absent from adult muscle, but is highly concentrated in cells lining liver sinusoids, intestinal goblet cells, and the extracellular spaces surrounding pancreatic acini. These findings suggest that the lectin may play different roles in different tissues and at different times in the life of a chicken.

This content is only available as a PDF.