Galectin-3 as a regulator of the epithelial junction: Implications to wound repair and cancer

Pablo Argüeso, Jerome Mauris, Yuichi Uchino

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Epithelial cells are closely connected to each other and to the extracellular matrix by a set of adhesive contacts that provide tissues with unique barrier properties and play a prominent role in cell morphology, tissue physiology, and cell signaling. This review highlights advances made in understanding the contributions of galectin-3, a carbohydrate-binding protein with affinity toward β-galactosides, as a modulator of epithelial junction assembly and function. The interactions of galectin-3 within adhesive structures are discussed in relation to wound healing and tumor progression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalTissue Barriers
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jul 3
Externally publishedYes



  • cancer
  • epithelial junction
  • galectin-3
  • matrix metalloproteinases
  • wound healing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Histology

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