Galectin-3 expression and secretion links macrophages to the promotion of renal fibrosis.

Macrophages have been proposed as a key cell type in the pathogenesis of renal fibrosis; however, the mechanism by which macrophages drive fibrosis is still unclear. We show that expression of galectin-3, a beta-galactoside-binding lectin, is up-regulated in a mouse model of progressive renal fibrosis (unilateral ureteric obstruction, UUO), and absence of… CONTINUE READING