Galectins as molecular targets for therapeutic intervention

Ruud P.M. Dings, Michelle C. Miller, Robert J. Griffin, Kevin H. Mayo

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Galectins are a family of small, highly conserved, molecular effectors that mediate various biological processes, including chemotaxis and angiogenesis, and that function by interacting with various cell surface glycoconjugates, usually targeting β-galactoside epitopes. Because of their significant involvement in various biological functions and pathologies, galectins have become a focus of therapeutic discovery for clinical intervention against cancer, among other pathological disorders. In this review, we focus on understanding galectin structure-function relationships, their mechanisms of action on the molecular level, and targeting them for therapeutic intervention against cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number905
JournalInternational journal of molecular sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 19 2018

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  • Apoptosis
  • Cancer
  • Carbohydrates
  • Cell adhesion
  • Galectins
  • Galectintargeted therapeutics
  • Protein structure


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