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Unlock deeper biological insights with glycobiology

From tumor progression to viral capture to drug discovery, scientists are exploring the role of glycan modifications in normal and disease states. Lectins are the key to help you profile, characterize, and capture complex glycans in biological systems or leverage functional assays to ask questions that were previously beyond reach. Founded on a growing portfolio of purified lectins and lectin conjugates, Vector Laboratories supports the ability to profile, characterize, and capture complex glycans in biological systems.

Glycobiology Resources to help you get started

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Lectins Application and Resource Guide

Explore how lectins can help your research with tips, workflows, publications and more.

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Exploring the World of Glycobiology eBook

Explore this introduction to glycobiology and its role in health and disease.

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Examining Altered Glycobiology in Cancer eBook

Discover the complex role of glycobiology in cancer from glycosylation to biomarkers.

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Lectins Infographic

Learn how to integrate lectins into your protocols and grow your toolkit.

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Glycans and sugars and lectins ... Oh my!

Learn the essentials of carbohydrates and their importance in cellular functions.

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Lectins 101 & Cancer Biomarker Discovery

Discover how lectins are enhancing our understanding of cancer biology.

Your partner for glycobiology research

Confidence in your results

You can always count on accurate, reproducible results. We source our lectins directly from native plant material and use defined extraction and purification methodologies, ensuring that what you order is consistent between lots.

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Flexible to meet your needs

Lectins are a multipurpose tool that brings simplicity and flexibility to your experiments. The same molecule offers compatibility across immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry, affinity chromatography, cell culture, among other techniques.

Tools you can trust

Scientists around the world trust Vector Laboratories products, backed by over 25,000 peer-reviewed publications in glycobiology. Binding characteristics of select lectins are independently validated by the National Center for Functional Glycomics.

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Glycobiology tools to power your research

Glycan Screening Kits

Glycan screening kits are fully integrated kits for the detection of glycan expression in tissue sections. These kits enable the detection of all the major glycan motifs for the evaluation of glycan distribution in a target specimen.


All lectins manufactured by Vector Laboratories are extracted from a native plant source (i.e. seeds, bulbs, fruit, etc.) and are not recombinant. Lectins are grouped based on their monsaccharide binding preferences.

Antibodies to Lectins

Anti-lectin antibodies are offered in unconjugated or in biotinylated formats. In some applications, using biotinylated anti-lectins in conjunction with unlabeled lectins may provide greater sensitivity than using biotinylated lectins alone.

Inhibiting Sugars and Eluting Solutions

While the eluting solutions are primarily used in lectin agarose column and slurry preparations, inhibiting sugars, when combined with lectin solutions, have appeal as negative controls to prevent binding in IHC, IF, ELISA and blotting applications.

Independent assessment of lectins by the National Center for Functional Glycomics (NCFG)

A selection of Vector Laboratories lectin products is independently assessed by the NCFG using the NCFG glycan arrays and the Consortium for Functional Glycomics (CFG) glycan arrays, providing researchers with detailed glycan-binding specificity. This data is available to the public on the NCFG website.

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At its core, glycobiology examines glycoconjugates, the compounds where carbohydrates are linked to proteins and lipids. These sugar chains, known as glycans, are not mere energy sources but vital components involved in cell communication, immunity, and pathogen detection. The complexity of glycan structures and their diverse roles in biological systems make glycobiology a challenging yet rewarding field of study.

Glycobiology's insights have profound implications in medical research and therapeutics. For instance, understanding glycan structures on cell surfaces has led to breakthroughs in vaccine development, cancer treatment, and autoimmune disease management. Glycobiology also plays a crucial role in the design of biopharmaceuticals, ensuring they function correctly and safely within the body.

The study of glycans extends into disease diagnosis. Abnormal glycosylation patterns are often associated with diseases like cancer, making them potential biomarkers for early detection. Glycobiology's advancements in diagnostic tools are paving the way for more precise, personalized medicine, offering hope for better treatment outcomes.

Technological advancements have been crucial in advancing glycobiology research. High-throughput screening, mass spectrometry, and advanced imaging techniques have allowed scientists to study glycans in unprecedented detail. These technologies facilitate a deeper understanding of glycan structures and functions, accelerating research and potential applications in various fields.

Despite its potential, glycobiology faces significant challenges. The complexity and diversity of glycan structures make them difficult to study. Additionally, the lack of a direct template for glycan synthesis, unlike DNA or proteins, adds another layer of complexity. However, ongoing research and collaboration across disciplines are making strides in overcoming these hurdles, promising an exciting future for glycobiology.