We have examined the A431 (human epidermoid carcinoma) and HT29 (human colorectal carcinoma) cellular responses evoked by lectins of dietary origin, Jacalin of Artocarpus integrifolia (native jacalin; nJacalin), peanut agglutinin (PNA) of Arachis hypogea, and recombinant single-chain jacalin (rJacalin), which has the same protein backbone but ∼100-fold less affinity for carbohydrates than nJacalin. All three lectins (nJacalin, rJacalin, and PNA) are cycotoxic inhibitors of proliferation of A431 cells. However, cells recover once jacalin but not PNA have been removed from the growth medium. Treatment of nJacalin results in morphologically visible cell rounding while retaining the membrane integrity when treated at 40 μg ml−1, but treatment with PNA did not induce such changes. The observed cell rounding was found to be due to stress as the phosphorylation of caveolin-1 (at tyr14), p38 but not c-Jun N-terminal kinase were up-regulated, while PNA did not up-regulate the phosphorylation of the same. Jacalin also down-regulated the phosphorylation of the epidermal growth factor receptor and extracellular signal regulated kinase in contrast to PNA, which failed to down-regulate the same. Confocal microscopic studies reveal that jacalin is not internalized, unlike the lectin of Agaricus bisporous. Analysis of the proteins that bind to an nJacalin-sepharose column revealed the binding of six to eight proteins, and significant among them is a protein at ∼110 kDa, which appears to be oxygen-regulated protein 150 (ORP150) (endoplasmic reticulum chaperone) as identified by its isoelectric point, two-dimensional sodium dodecyl sulfate–polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometric analysis. This 110-kDa band is detectable with anti-Hsp70 antibody because ORP150 has homology with Hsp70. Confocal microscopic studies reveal the presence of Hsp70-like proteins on the surface of A431 cells as revealed by immunostaining with anti-Hsp70 antibody. Moreover, overexpression of ORP150 in A431 cells has resulted in a dramatic protection of A431 cells against jacalin-induced toxicity, confirming that the jacalin-induced cytotoxicity is mediated through ORP150, and impairment of ORP150 functions with the help of jacalin makes the cells more susceptible to death due to stress. Our studies suggest that the cellular responses, as a consequence of lectin binding, may not be exclusively mediated by carbohydrate binding property alone, but other factors such as protein-protein interactions may also contribute to the observed cellular responses.