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Galectins dysregulation: A way for cancer cells to invade and pervade


1 Molecular Cancer Biology Group, Zoology Department, Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
2 Faculty of Basic Science, King Salman International University, South Sinai, Egypt

* Corresponding Author: REHAM HELWA. Email:

Oncology Research 2022, 30(3), 129-135.


Galectins are sticky molecules that bind to β-galactoside. Their interactions render them essential players in many cellular processes. The imbalance of galectin expression was reported in many diseases. In cancer, galectins interact with the extracellular matrix, evade the immune system, and potentially have broad interactions with blood components. In the last ten years, since 2010, we did focus on galectin research in different cancer types. Our findings showed an interaction between cancer cells and erythrocytes via galectin-4. Moreover, we found that upregulation of galectins was associated with lymph node metastasis in ovarian cancers. Hence, with this, we shortly review some important aspects of galectins and their potential importance in more profound understanding of cancer progression and the field of cancer biomarkers.


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ABDELFATTAH, M. M., HELWA, R. (2022). Galectins dysregulation: A way for cancer cells to invade and pervade. Oncology Research, 30(3), 129–135.

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