Galectin-3: One Molecule for an Alphabet of Diseases, from A to Z

Int J Mol Sci. 2018 Jan 26;19(2):379. doi: 10.3390/ijms19020379.


Galectin-3 (Gal-3) regulates basic cellular functions such as cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions, growth, proliferation, differentiation, and inflammation. It is not surprising, therefore, that this protein is involved in the pathogenesis of many relevant human diseases, including cancer, fibrosis, chronic inflammation and scarring affecting many different tissues. The papers published in the literature have progressively increased in number during the last decades, testifying the great interest given to this protein by numerous researchers involved in many different clinical contexts. Considering the crucial role exerted by Gal-3 in many different clinical conditions, Gal-3 is emerging as a new diagnostic, prognostic biomarker and as a new promising therapeutic target. The current review aims to extensively examine the studies published so far on the role of Gal-3 in all the clinical conditions and diseases, listed in alphabetical order, where it was analyzed.

Keywords: Gal-3; Galectin-3.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biomarkers / metabolism
  • Galectin 3 / genetics
  • Galectin 3 / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Molecular Targeted Therapy*


  • Biomarkers
  • Galectin 3