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Abstract

With confocal microscopy it is possible to study the Concanavalin A (Con A) binding characteristics of the surface and interior of a single cell by viewing optical sections. It was observed in Tetrahymena pyriformis that Con A bound both to the plasma membrane and to intracellular structures. Incubation of cells with a competing sugar a-methylmannopyranoside, decreased binding. Hormonal imprinting with insulin resulted in an increase in binding of Con A to the cell surface and a decrease in intracellular binding. It is possible that the intracellular binding sites may migrate to the plasma membrane.