Galectin-3 has a key role in Gastric Cancer

Galecto Announces Publication of Paper in the Gastric Cancer Journal

BOSTON, April 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Galecto, Inc. (NASDAQ: GLTO), a NASDAQ listed biotechnology company focused on the development of novel treatments for fibrosis and cancer, today announced the publication of a paper in Gastric Cancer, a joint official peer-reviewed journal of the International Gastric Cancer Association and the Japanese Gastric Cancer Association, demonstrating the key role galectin-3 plays in gastric cancer.

The paper, entitled “Crosstalk between WNT and STAT3 is mediated by galectin‑3 in tumor progression", outlines how galectin-3 promotes cancer cell growth through the well-established STAT3-WNT pathway. This paper adds to the growing literature indicating a linkage between high levels of galectin-3 in the tumor micro-environment of several cancers, promoting cancer growth, cancer spread and leading to worse prognosis.

The preclinical research published in Gastric Cancer demonstrates that GB1107, one of Galecto’s galectin-3 inhibitors optimized for mouse galectin-3, is potent in inhibiting the cancer promoting effects of galectin-3. The scientific work is a collaboration between Yonsei University and Chosun University, both in South Korea, Lund University and Galecto.

“We detected increased levels of galectin-3 and STAT3 phosphorylation in the stomach tissues of WNT1-overexpressing mouse models. Furthermore, high expression levels and co-localization of β-catenin, pSTAT3, and galectin-3 in patients with advanced gastric cancer were correlated with a poorer prognosis,” said Kyung-Hee Chun, PhD, Professor at Yonsei University and the corresponding author of the paper.

Dr. Hans Schambye, CEO of Galecto added, “This research is very exciting as it outlines a potential new cancer indication in which galectin-3 plays a key role. In this preclinical study, GB1107, our orally active galectin-3 inhibitor optimized for murine activity, demonstrated the ability to inhibit tumor growth in orthotopic gastric cancer-bearing mice. We believe these data together with existing data on the role of galectin-3 in cancer provide a solid basis for exploring clinical application of our galectin-3 inhibitors in gastric cancer therapy.”

“Galecto is planning to initiate a clinical study in Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) with our clinical phase oral galectin-3 inhibitor GB1211, a close analog of the murine GB1107. The promising effects seen in this preclinical study in gastric cancer support the belief that our galectin-3 inhibitors may have broad applicability in many cancer types,” continued Dr. Schambye.

About Galecto
Galecto is a clinical stage biotechnology company incorporated in the U.S. with advanced programs in fibrosis and cancer centered on galectin-3 and LOXL2. The company’s pipeline includes an inhaled galectin-3 modulator currently in phase 2b for the potential treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, as well as two additional assets about to move into phase 2.

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About GB1211
Galecto is developing GB1211, an orally active, specific galectin-3 inhibitor, as a first-in-class direct anti-fibrotic and anti-cancer agent. Phase 1 studies with GB1211 have been successfully completed and Galecto is planning to initiate clinical studies with GB1211 for the treatment of NSCLC and liver cirrhosis in 2021.

About galectin-3
Galectin-3 is a member of the galectin family of galactoside binding lectins. Galectin-3 exists both intra- and extracellularly and binds to glycosylated proteins. Galectin-3 has been shown to play a central role in the development and progression of fibrosis and cancer. Abolition of galectin-3 expression in knockout animals or pharmacological blockade using Galecto’s inhibitors lead to a dramatic reduction or even prevention of fibrosis and cancer.

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