The galectins are a family of beta-galactoside-binding proteins implicated in modulating cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions. The protein encoded by this gene is an S-type lectin. It is overexpressed in Hodgkin's disease tissue and might participate in the interaction between the H and RS cells with their surrounding cells and might thus play a role in the pathogenesis of this disease and/or its associated immunodeficiency. Multiple alternatively spliced transcript variants have been found for this gene.
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Protein Aliases: Ecalectin; Gal-9; Gal9; Galectin-9; Galectin9; HOM HD 21; lectin, galactoside binding soluble 9; lectin, galactoside-binding, soluble, 9; Tumor antigen HOM-HD-21; urate transporter/channel protein
Gene Aliases: HUAT; LGALS9; LGALS9A
UniProt ID: (Human) A7VJG6
Entrez Gene ID: (Human) 3965
Molecular Function: extracellular matrix protein