LGALS3, a member of the lectin family, has an important role in tumor progression through inhibition of apoptosis.The galectin-3 gene (LGALS3) encodes a beta-galactose binding lectin. LGALS3 expression is associated with neoplastic transformation and with differentiation of monocytes to macrophages. Galectin-3 is a beta-galactoside-binding lectin which is involved in modulating inflammation and apoptosis. Elevated expression of galectin-3 has been demonstrated in synovium of rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
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