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|Author:||Maria Claudia Vladoiu|
Design of a peptidic inhibitor that targets the dimer interface of a prototypic galectin.
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Galectins are a family of animal lectins defined by shared characteristic amino-acid sequences and affinity for β-galactose-containing oligosac-charides (PMID: 8063692). Galectin-1 contains one carbohydrate recognition domain (CRD) and occurs as a monomer as well as a non-covalent homodimer (PMID: 16840800). It is differentially expressed by various normal and pathological tissues. Galectin-1 is a multifunctional protein that is involved in cell adhesion, migration, proliferation, apoptosis, inflammation, tumour transformation and growth (PMID:15785741).