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Examination of the Role of Galectins in Intestinal Inflammation

  • Atsushi Nishida
  • Cindy W. Lau
  • Atsushi MizoguchiEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1207)


The intestine, which provides the first line of defense against over trillion of enteric microorganisms, suffers from broad range of inflammatory conditions caused by infectious, autoimmune, allergic, neurological, and ischemic mechanisms. Recent data have suggested dual roles (protective versus deleterious) for galectins in the pathogenesis of some intestinal inflammations, highlighting the importance of this area of research. A potential problem with the research of intestinal inflammation may be the requirement of some unique techniques. Therefore, we herein describe how to induce intestinal inflammation and how to isolate lymphocyte, myeloid cell, follicular cell, and epithelial cell populations separately from the intestine for the study of intestinal inflammations.

Key words

Colitis Epithelial cell isolation Galectins Inflammatory Bowel Disease Lamina propria cell isolation Mouse models 



This study has been supported primarily by NIH RO1DK064351 and partially by NIH RO1AI081807 and RO1DK091247.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Atsushi Nishida
    • 1
    • 2
  • Cindy W. Lau
    • 1
    • 2
  • Atsushi Mizoguchi
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Molecular Pathology Unit, Center for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel DiseaseMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PathologyHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  3. 3.Department of ImmunologyKurume University School of MedicineKurumeJapan

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