Expression and function of galectin-1 in adult neural stem cells

M. Sakaguchi, Y. Imaizumi, H. Okano

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Neural stem cells (NSCs) in the adult mammalian brain proliferate and continuously produce new neurons. To date, there has been little research into the functions of lectins in adult NSCs. Recently, we reported that a lectin, galectin-1, is expressed on adult NSCs and promotes their proliferation through its carbohydrate-binding ability. This evidence raises the possibility that glycans play roles in the proliferation of adult NSCs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1254-1258
Number of pages5
JournalCellular and Molecular Life Sciences
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2007 May 1


  • Galectin
  • Glycan
  • Lectin
  • Neural stem cell
  • Subventricular zone astrocyte

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pharmacology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Cell Biology


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