Aliases for LGALS8 Gene
External Ids for LGALS8 Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for LGALS8 Gene
This gene encodes a member of the galectin family. Galectins are beta-galactoside-binding animal lectins with conserved carbohydrate recognition domains. The galectins have been implicated in many essential functions including development, differentiation, cell-cell adhesion, cell-matrix interaction, growth regulation, apoptosis, and RNA splicing. This gene is widely expressed in tumoral tissues and seems to be involved in integrin-like cell interactions. Alternatively spliced transcript variants encoding different isoforms have been identified. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008]
GeneCards Summary for LGALS8 Gene
LGALS8 (Galectin 8) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with LGALS8 include Prostatic Hypertrophy and Cholesteatoma Of Middle Ear. Gene Ontology (GO) annotations related to this gene include carbohydrate binding. An important paralog of this gene is LGALS4.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot for LGALS8 Gene
Beta-galactoside-binding lectin that acts as a sensor of membrane damage caused by infection and restricts the proliferation of infecting pathogens by targeting them for autophagy (PubMed:22246324, PubMed:28077878). Detects membrane rupture by binding beta-galactoside ligands located on the lumenal side of the endosome membrane; these ligands becoming exposed to the cytoplasm following rupture (PubMed:22246324, PubMed:28077878). Restricts infection by initiating autophagy via interaction with CALCOCO2/NDP52 (PubMed:22246324, PubMed:28077878). Required to restrict infection of bacterial invasion such as S.typhimurium (PubMed:22246324). Also required to restrict infection of Picornaviridae viruses (PubMed:28077878). Has a marked preference for 3-O-sialylated and 3-O-sulfated glycans (PubMed:21288902).