William c. boyd alone and then together with elizabeth shapleigh introduced the term "lectin" in 1954 from the latin word lego-, "chosen" (from the verb legere, to choose or pick out).. biological functions. lectins occur ubiquitously in nature. they may bind to a soluble carbohydrate or to a carbohydrate moiety that is a part of a glycoprotein or glycolipid..

Wfs1 (wolframin er transmembrane glycoprotein) is a protein coding gene. diseases associated with wfs1 include wolfram-like syndrome, autosomal dominant and cataract 41.among its related pathways are metabolism of proteins and regulation of insulin-like growth factor (igf) transport and uptake by insulin-like growth factor binding proteins (igfbps)..