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Ruud P M Dings, Michelle C Miller, Robert J Griffin, Kevin H Mayo
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...
March 19, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Aneta Cymbaluk-Płoska, Anita Chudecka-Głaz, Anna Jagodzińska, Ewa Pius-Sadowska, Agnieszka Sompolska-Rzechuła, Bogusław Machaliński, Janusz Menkiszak
Introduction: Adipose tissue is considered an endocrine organ and produces a number of biologically active substances. Aims: To consider the role that four adipokines - leptin, omentin-1, vaspin, and galectin-3 - play in the diagnosis of endometrium cancer and to investigate the association between serum concentrations of adipose tissue metabolism products and the diagnostics and prognosis in endometrial cancer. Patients and methods: The study included 168 patients with body mass index (BMI) >20 kg/m2 admitted due to post-menopausal bleeding...
2018: OncoTargets and Therapy
Marta A Toscano, Verónica C Martínez Allo, Anabela M Cutine, Gabriel A Rabinovich, Karina V Mariño
Although progress has been made in understanding the mechanisms implicated in the pathogenesis of autoimmune inflammation, studies aimed at identifying the mediators of these pathways will be necessary to develop more selective therapies. Galectins, a family of glycan-binding proteins, play central roles in immune cell homeostasis. Whereas some members of this family trigger regulatory programs that promote resolution of inflammation, others contribute to perpetuate autoimmune processes. We discuss the roles of endogenous galectins and their specific glycosylated ligands in shaping autoimmune responses by fueling, extinguishing, or rewiring immune circuits...
March 16, 2018: Trends in Molecular Medicine
Weiqun Lu, Jia Wang, Guohua Yang, Nanrong Yu, Zhiliang Huang, Houwei Xu, Jianchang Li, Jiliang Qiu, Xiang Zeng, Shicai Chen, Nan Li, Haiying Liu
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.18632/oncotarget.14839.].
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Xun Liu, Shuai Zhang, Qinwei Gang, Shikai Shen, Jian Zhang, Yu Lun, Dongdong Xu, Zhiquan Duan, Shijie Xin
Previous studies have revealed that fibrosis may affect the biological behavior of tumors, however associated research on papillary thyroid microcarcinoma (PTMC) is rare. The aim of the present study was to explore the association between interstitial fibrosis (IF) and the biological behavior of PTMC. In the present study, a total of 511 consecutive cases of PTMC were evaluated for the presence of IF and its association with clinical parameters and pathologic biomarkers. IF was identified in 340 of the 511 consecutive cases and it was significantly associated with the age (P=0...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Jingxin Zhang, Guodong Deng, Lili Qiao, Hui Luo, Qiqi Liu, Ning Liang, Jian Xie, Jiandong Zhang
Galectin-3 is a multifunctional β-galactoside binding lectin associated with tumor progression. Previous studies confirmed the roles of galecin-3 overexpression and silencing in the biological behavior of Eca109 human esophageal cancer (EC) cells; galectin-3 may serve a critical role in the vasculogenic mimicry (VM) of tumors. Therefore, the present study examined the effects of galectin-3 knockdown using lentivirus vectors on VM in EC. Eca109 and EC9706 EC cells were transfected with a lentiviral vector to inhibit galectin-3 expression, or a control vector...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Yuan Gao, Xiaoju Li, Zhen Shu, Kuo Zhang, Xiaochang Xue, Weina Li, Qiang Hao, Zhaowei Wang, Wangqian Zhang, Shuning Wang, Cheng Zeng, Dong Fan, Wei Zhang, Yingqi Zhang, Huadong Zhao, Meng Li, Cun Zhang
FOXP3 is an important X-linked suppressor of breast cancer. It is reported that FOXP3 is usually mutant, absent, or cytoplasmic distribution in breast cancer cells, which increases the risk of breast cancer. However, in our study the full-length FOXP3 transcript can be detected in breast cancer cells and nuclear FOXP3 is expressed in some breast cancer samples. Therefore, an important question is how the tumor-suppressive function of wild-type FOXP3 is negated in these cancers. We found that Gal-1 is a novel interacting protein of FOXP3 in breast cancer...
March 16, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Yukiko Kariya, Midori Oyama, Yasuhiro Hashimoto, Jianguo Gu, Yoshinobu Kariya
Malignant transformation is associated with aberrant N-glycosylation, but the role of protein N-glycosylation in cancer progression remains poorly defined. β4-integrin is a major carrier of N-glycans and is associated with poor prognosis, tumorigenesis, and metastasis. Here, N-glycosylation of β4-integrin contributes to the activation of signaling pathways that promote β4-dependent tumor development and progression. Increased expression of β1,6GlcNAc-branched N-glycans was found to be co-localized with β4-integrin in human cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma tissues, and that the β1,6GlcNAc residue was abundant on β4-integrin in transformed keratinocytes...
March 16, 2018: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
Bo Diao, Ying Liu, Guo-Zheng Xu, Yi Zhang, Jun Xie, Jie Gong
Galectin-3 (Gal-3), a β-galactoside-binding protein, has been implicated in cell proliferation, cell adhesion, and the progression and metastasis of various types of cancer. The present study investigated the involvement of Gal-3 in the tumorigenesis and progression of pituitary tumors using three rat pituitary tumor cell lines. Following transfection with Gal-3 expression and interference vectors, the impact of Gal-3 on proliferation, apoptosis and migration of pituitary tumor cells was been investigated...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Victoria Sundblad, Amado A Quintar, Luciano G Morosi, Sonia I Niveloni, Ana Cabanne, Edgardo Smecuol, Eduardo Mauriño, Karina V Mariño, Julio C Bai, Cristina A Maldonado, Gabriel A Rabinovich
Galectins, a family of animal lectins characterized by their affinity for N-acetyllactosamine-enriched glycoconjugates, modulate several immune cell processes shaping the course of innate and adaptive immune responses. Through interaction with a wide range of glycosylated receptors bearing complex branched N-glycans and core 2-O-glycans, these endogenous lectins trigger distinct signaling programs thereby controling immune cell activation, differentiation, recruitment and survival. Given the unique features of mucosal inflammation and the differential expression of galectins throughout the gastrointestinal tract, we discuss here key findings on the role of galectins in intestinal inflammation, particularly Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and celiac disease (CeD) patients, as well as in murine models resembling these inflammatory conditions...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Steven M Kornblau, Peter P Ruvolo, Rui-Yu Wang, V Lokesh Battula, Elisabeth J Shpall, Vivian R Ruvolo, Teresa McQueen, YiHua Qui, Zhihong Zeng, Sherry Pierce, Rodrigo Jacamo, Suk-Young Yoo, Phuong M Le, Jeffery Sun, Numsen Hail, Marina Konopleva, Michael Andreeff
Mesenchymal stromal cells support acute myeloid leukemia cell survival in the bone marrow microenvironment. Protein expression profiles of acute myeloid leukemia-derived mesenchymal stromal cells are unknown. Reverse phase protein array analysis was performed to compare expression of 151 proteins from acute myeloid leukemia mesenchymal stromal cells (n = 106) with mesenchymal stromal cells from healthy donors (n = 71). Protein expression differed significantly between the two groups with nineteen proteins overexpressed in leukemia stromal cells and nine overexpressed in normal stromal cells...
March 15, 2018: Haematologica
Swati Jaiswal, Kishore K Srivastava
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) is a successful pathogen which increases persistence inside the host macrophage by subverting its defence mechanism. Mycobacteria regulate the pathogenesis and intracellular survival by controlling its interaction with host protein(s). Galectin 3 is a member of the β-galactoside binding gene family which is involved in several biological functions. In the present study we have expressed the mycobacterial protein tyrosine kinase (PtkA) in the cytosol of host macrophages through a eukaryotic promoter vector and found that it down-regulates Galectin 3...
March 12, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Nikolaos G Frangogiannis
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May 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Jaime Ibarrola, Rafael Sádaba, Amaia Garcia-Peña, Vanessa Arrieta, Ernesto Martinez-Martinez, Virginia Alvarez, Amaya Fernández-Celis, Alicia Gainza, Enrique Santamaría, Joaquin Fernández-Irigoyen, Victoria Cachofeiro, Renaud Fay, Patrick Rossignol, Natalia López-Andrés
AIMS: Galectin-3 (Gal-3), a β-galactoside-binding lectin involved in cardiac inflammation and fibrosis, could regulate oxidative stress, although the mechanisms have not been elucidated. We herein investigated the changes in oxidative stress-related mediators induced by Gal-3 in human cardiac fibroblasts and in pathological animal and human models of cardiac diseases. RESULTS: Using quantitative proteomics and immunodetection approaches, we have identified that Gal-3 down-regulated fumarate hydratase (FH) in human cardiac fibroblasts...
May 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Riyoko Tamai, Michiyo Kobayashi-Sakamoto, Yusuke Kiyoura
Galectin-1 and galectin-3 are C-type lectin receptors that bind to lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in the cell wall of gram-negative bacteria. In this study, we investigated the effects of galectin-1 and galectin-3 on adhesion to and invasion of the human gingival epithelial cell line Ca9-22 by Porphyromonas gingivalis, a periodontal pathogenic gram-negative bacterium. Recombinant galectin-1, but not galectin-3, enhanced P. gingivalis adhesion and invasion, although both galectins bound similarly to P. gingivalis...
March 15, 2018: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
Lihua Huang, Xuming Wang, Xuan Huang, Huawei Gui, Yan Li, Qiongxia Chen, Dongling Liu, Lijiang Liu
The aim of the present study was to examine the rate of BRAF mutation and the expression profiles of CK19, galectin-3, CD56, thyroid peroxidase (TPO) and Ki67 in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) and papillary thyroid micro-carcinoma (PTMC). A total of 246 cases of thyroid disease were collected, including PTC, PTMC, nodular goiter (NG) and Hashimoto thyroiditis (HT). The results revealed that CK19 expression was 116/120 in PTC, 61/64 in PTMC, 2/34 in NG and 1/28 in HT. Galectin-3 positive expression was 115/120 in PTC, 60/64 in PTMC, 6/34 in NG and 4/28 in HT...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Francesco Manzoni, Ulf Ryde
We have calculated relative binding affinities for eight tetrafluorophenyl-triazole-thiogalactoside inhibitors of galectin-3 with the alchemical free-energy perturbation approach. We obtain a mean absolute deviation from experimental estimates of only 2-3 kJ/mol and a correlation coefficient (R2 ) of 0.5-0.8 for seven relative affinities spanning a range of up to 11 kJ/mol. We also studied the effect of using different methods to calculate the charges of the inhibitor and different sizes of the perturbed group (the atoms that are described by soft-core potentials and are allowed to have differing coordinates)...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Computer-aided Molecular Design
David Binas, Hanna Daniel, Anette Richter, Volker Ruppert, Klaus-Dieter Schlüter, Bernhard Schieffer, Sabine Pankuweit
Objective: Several studies indicate a prognostic value of sST2 and galectin-3 in heart failure (HF). While previous studies focused on ischaemic cause of HF, we investigated the role of sST2 and galectin-3 in patients with non-ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Methods: sST2 and galectin-3 serum concentrations were measured in 262 subjects with DCM. Survival rates were determined for all-cause mortality (ACM) and cardiac mortality (CM). Results: In a univariate model, sST2 as a continuous variable was a predictor of ACM (HR 1...
2018: Open Heart
Erin E Olsan, Jonathan D West, Jacob A Torres, Nicholas Doerr, Thomas Weimbs
Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD) is a life-threatening, highly prevalent monogenic disease caused by mutations in polycystin-1 (PC1) in 85% of patients. We have previously identified a C-terminal cleavage fragment of PC1, PC1-p30, that interacts with the transcription factor STAT6 to promote transcription. STAT6 is aberrantly active in PKD mouse models and human ADPKD, and genetic removal or pharmacological inhibition of STAT6 attenuates disease progression. High levels of interleukin-13 (IL13), a STAT6 activating cytokine, are found in the cyst fluid of PKD mouse models and increased IL13 receptors in ADPKD patient tissue suggesting that a positive feedback loop between IL13 and STAT6 is activated in cystic epithelial cells and contributes to disease progression...
March 7, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Sinem Özyılmaz, Muhammet Hulusi Satılmışoğlu, Mehmet Gül, Hüseyin Uyarel, Osman Akin Serdar
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between serum uric acid (UA) level and the predicted risk score for sudden cardiac death in 5 years (the HCM Risk-SCD), galectin-3 level, and positive fragmented QRS (fQRS) on electrocardiography (ECG) in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). METHODS: This was a prospective, observational study. In all, 115 consecutive patients (age >17 years) with HCM and 80 healthy participants were included in the study...
March 2018: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
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