Galectin-3 as a multifunctional protein.

  title={Galectin-3 as a multifunctional protein.},
  author={Anna Krześlak and Anna Lipińska},
  journal={Cellular & molecular biology letters},
  volume={9 2},
Galectin-3 is a 31 kDa member of a growing family of beta-galactoside-binding animal lectins. This protein is expressed in a variety of tissues and cell types and is mainly found in the cytoplasm, although, depending on cell type and proliferative state, a significant amount of this lectin can also be detected in the nucleus, on the cell surface or in the extracellular environment. Galectin-3 is secreted from cells by a novel and incompletely understood mechanism that is independent of the… CONTINUE READING