Galectin-3 is an endogenous mammalian lectin that binds to ABH carbohydrate antigens. Here we show that galectin-3 is strongly up-regulated during mammary gland involution and that it is expressed virtually exclusively on nonapoptotic cells. We demonstrate that dexamethasone, an inhibitor of the second phase of mammary gland involution, potently suppresses up-regulation of galectin-3 as judged immunohistochemically and on western blots, suggesting that systemic hormone levels regulate galectin-3 expression during involution. However, at the RNA level galectin-3 expression is rapidly up-regulated on the onset of involution but remains consistantly high during the first and second phase of involution regardless of dexamethasone treatment. These data suggest that the up-regulation of galectin-3 in the involuting mammary gland is not only controlled transcriptionally but also regulated posttranscriptionally under the control of systemic glucocorticoid hormones involved in coordinating the involution process.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - 2002|
- ABH histo-blood group antigen
- Mammary gland
- Tissue remodeling
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