Glycoconjugate Journal

, Volume 19, Issue 7–9, pp 433–440 | Cite as

Introduction to galectins

  • Hakon Leffler
  • Susanne Carlsson
  • Maria Hedlund
  • Yuning Qian
  • Francoise Poirier


Good evidence suggest roles of galectins in cancer, immunity and inflammation, and development, but a unifying picture of their biological function is lacking. Instead galectins appear to have a particularly diverse, bewildering but intriguing array of activities both inside and outside cells—“clear truths and mysteries are inextricably twined”. Fortunately this has not discouraged but rather enthused a large number of good galectin researchers, some of which have contributed to this special issue of Glycoconjugate Journal to provide a personal, critical status of the field. Here we will give a brief introduction to the galectins as a protein family with some comments on nomenclature. Published in 2004.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hakon Leffler
    • 1
  • Susanne Carlsson
    • 1
  • Maria Hedlund
    • 1
  • Yuning Qian
    • 1
  • Francoise Poirier
    • 2
  1. 1.Section MIG (Microbiology, Immunology, Glycobiology), Inst. Laboratory MedicineLund UniversitySweden
  2. 2.Institut Jacques MonodParisFrance

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