Ichiro Kuwabara

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Galectin-3 is a beta-galactoside-binding protein implicated in diverse biological processes. We found that galectin-3 induced human monocyte migration in vitro in a dose-dependent manner, and it was chemotactic at high concentrations (1.0 microM) but chemokinetic at low concentrations (10-100 nM). Galectin-3-induced monocyte migration was inhibited by its(More)
Galectin-7 is normally expressed in all types of stratified epithelia, but is significantly down-regulated in squamous cell carcinomas. This protein was recently found to be highly inducible by p53 in a colon carcinoma cell line, DLD-1, and designated as PIG1 (for p53-induced gene 1). We studied transfectants of HeLa and DLD-1 cells ectopically expressing(More)
Disorders of wound healing characterized by impaired or delayed re-epithelialization are a serious medical problem. These conditions affect many tissues, are painful, and are difficult to treat. In this study, using cornea as a model, we demonstrate for the first time the importance of carbohydrate-binding proteins galectins-3 and -7 in re-epithelialization(More)
A family of soluble animal lectins, galectins, with beta-galactoside-binding activity, is gaining increased attention. One member of this family, galectin-3, has been previously designated by this group as epsilon bp, for its IgE-binding activity. On the basis of the saccharide specificity and other biochemical characteristics of epsilon bp, it is possible(More)
A family of beta-galactoside-binding animal lectins has recently been designated as galectins. One member of this family, galectin-3, has been known as epsilon BP for its IgE-binding activity and as Mac-2, a macrophage surface antigen, CBP35, CBP30, L-29, and L-34. Although much information has accumulated on the expression of this lectin in murine(More)
Galectins are mammalian carbohydrate-binding proteins that are involved in cell-cell and cell-matrix adhesion, cell migration, and growth regulation with relevance to inflammation and tumor spread. These important functions account for the interest to design suitable low molecular weight inhibitors that match the distinct modes of presentation of the(More)
Galectin-7 is a beta-galactoside-binding animal lectin specifically expressed in stratified epithelia. Its expression is inducible by p53 and is down-regulated in squamous cell carcinomas. Other investigators previously showed that galectin-7 is a proapoptotic protein, and we showed that ectopic expression of galectin-7 in HeLa cells renders the cells more(More)
Galectin-3 is a member of a large family of animal lectins. This protein is expressed abundantly by macrophages, but its function in this cell type is not well understood. We have studied the effect of galectin-3 gene targeting on phagocytosis, a major function of macrophages. Compared with wild-type macrophages, galectin-3-deficient (gal3-/-) cells(More)
Galectin-3 is a member of a newly defined family of animal lectins, which is composed of three domains: a small amino-terminal domain, a domain containing repeating elements, and a carboxyl-terminal domain containing the carbohydrate-recognition site. Various functions have been described or proposed for this lectin, and it appears that galectin-3 has(More)
The glycoprotein 90K was originally described as a tumor-secreted antigen and subsequently found to have immunostimulatory activity as well as other possible functions. This protein interacts with an endogenous lectin, galectin-3, and may play a role in tumor metastasis through this interaction. Because 90K is heavily glycosylated, it may also interact with(More)