Lectins from fruits and vegetables have emerged as possible candidates for site-specific bioadhesion. They are readily available and, with the exception of kidney bean lectin, are considered non-toxic. The majority of studies have been conducted with lectins from Lycopersicon esculentum, the tomato, since these are resistant to intraluminal digestion and do not change the integrity of the cell upon binding96. Lectins show potential for uptake by endocytosis; however the amount that reaches the blood stream is minimal as they may accumulate in the interior of the cell. The specificity of lectin-based systems to target the colon has yet to be demonstrated.

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