Galectin 4 is a biomarker for early recurrence and death after surgical resection for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma

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Background: Galectins are a group of carbohydrate-binding proteins that are involved in neoplastic development and progression. In a previous mass spectrometry-based study, we identified galectin 4 as a down-regulated protein in short-term survivors of pancreatic cancer. This study was performed to validate the prognostic value of galectin 4 in a larger cohort of pancreatic cancer patients undergoing surgical resection. Methods: Galectin 4 expression was evaluated by tissue microarrays and immunohistochemistry in 140 patients with surgically resected pancreatic cancer. Kaplan-Meier and Cox proportional hazards modeling were used to explore the association between galectin 4 and survival. Results: Galectin 4 staining expression was positive in 111 cases (79.3%). The expression of galectin 4 was significantly associated with tumor size (p =.008) and differentiation (p =.001). Galectin 4 expression was significantly correlated with disease recurrence within 1 year of surgery (adjusted HR 0.485, p =.027). There was also a significant association between galectin 4 and overall survival at 1 year (adjusted HR 0.482, p =.047) and at 3 years (adjusted HR 0.550, p =.025). Conclusion: Galectin 4 expression is a novel biomarker for early recurrence and mortality after surgical resection for pancreatic cancer.


External organisations
  • Wenzhou Medical University
  • Skåne University Hospital
Research areas and keywords

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  • Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Cancer and Oncology


  • early recurrence, galectin 4, LGALS4, Pancreatic cancer, survival
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-100
Number of pages6
JournalScandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number1
Early online date2018 Dec 16
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication categoryResearch

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