Galectins, galactoside-binding mammalian lectins: Clinical application of multi-functional proteins

Jim Wada, Hirofumi Makino

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

27 Citations (Scopus)


Galectins are β-galactoside binding mammalian lectins and they share homologous carbohydrate recognition domains. To date, 11 members of galectin family have been cloned and identified. They have been shown to play roles in diverse biological events, such as embryogenesis, oncogenesis, adhesion and proliferation of the cells, receptor for advanced glycation end products, mRNA splicing, bacterial colonization, apoptosis, and in the modulation of the immune response. The mechanisms by which galectins exert these diverse effects remain largely unknown. However, the elucidation of multi-functional proteins belong to galectin family are going to open new fields in clinical science including diagnosis and therapy of autoimmune disorders, cancers, and vascular complications in diabetes and hypertension.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-17
Number of pages7
JournalActa medica Okayama
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Apoptosis
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Cell adhesion and proliferation
  • Diabetic vascular complications
  • Galectins
  • Oncogenesis
  • β-galactoside binding lectins

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology


Dive into the research topics of 'Galectins, galactoside-binding mammalian lectins: Clinical application of multi-functional proteins'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this