Cytotoxic plant lectins select for mutants which exhibit unique structural changes in surface carbohydrates reflecting specific defects in glycosylation reactions. However, lectins are not highly specific selective agents and, as a result, only the most frequently occurring mutants are obtained from single lectin selections. We have previously shown that the specificity of lectin selections may be improved by utilizing a combination of lectins added together or sequentially. This strategy has now been further exploited in the search for novel lectin-resistant mutants of Chinese hamster ovary cells. Five new LeeR phenotypes have been uncovered. One belongs to a new, recessive complementation group, two behave dominantly in somatic cell hybrids, and the remaining two appear to represent new phenotypes which fall into previously described complementation groups.
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