The Role of Galectins as Modulators of Metabolism and Inflammation

  • Brinchmann M
  • Patel D
  • Iversen M
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Galectins are β -galcotosid-binding lectins. The function of galectins varies with their tissue-specific and subcellular location, and their binding to carbohydrates makes them key players in several intra- and extracellular processes where they bind to glycosylated proteins and lipids. In humans, there are 12 identified galectins, some with tissue-specific distribution. Galectins are found inside cells and in the nucleus, cytosol, and organelles, as well as extracellularly. Galectin-1, -2, -3, -4, -7, -8, -9, and -12 can all induce T-cell apoptosis and modulate inflammation. In the context of metabolic control and loss of the same in, for example, diabetes, galectin-1, -2, -3, -9, and -12 are especially interesting. This review presents information on galectins relevant to the control of inflammation and metabolism and the potential to target galectins for therapeutic purposes.




Brinchmann, M. F., Patel, D. M., & Iversen, M. H. (2018). The Role of Galectins as Modulators of Metabolism and Inflammation. Mediators of Inflammation, 2018, 1–11.

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