Galectin-targeting glycocalixarenes can enter the cells†
Elevated levels of galectin-3 are associated with tumorigenesis. Its inhibition with high-affinity carbohydrate ligands opens new therapeutic routes. Targeting of intracellular galectin-3 is challenging for polar inhibitors like carbohydrates. We demonstrate the potential of novel biomedical research tools, glycocalixarenes, to enter epithelial cells, which may allow their interaction with galectin-3.