An endogenous beta-galactoside-specific lectin has previously been isolated from rabbit bone marrow. The quantification of extracted lectin now indicates that approximately 75% of the lectin is intracellular in marrow. Indirect immunofluorescence studies show the extracellular lectin is associated with the erythroblast cell surface and is also found in some acellular areas of the marrow stroma. At enucleation, lectin surrounds the extruded nucleus while some residual lectin is observed in the cytoplasm of circulating reticulocytes and erythrocytes.
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