The Role of Galectins as Modulators of Metabolism and Inflammation

Year Published: 2018


Mediators Inflamm


Brinchmann MF, Patel DM, Iversen MH


This article was a review of the current research surrounding potential therapeutic uses of lectins in the treatment of inflammation-associated diseases. Lectins are relevant because there are classes of lectins in peanuts. However, the research is in its basic stages; not many human studies have been conducted yet.

Key Findings

Key Findings: The various classes of lectins have been associated with decreased inflammation in obesity, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and preeclampsia (hypertension with other complications during pregnancy). Studies show they can induce cancer cell death and offer protection against diabetes and arthritis. Administration of lectins therapeutically has the potential to be a powerful tool in the treatment of these diseases.