What are exosomes?

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What are exosomes?

In this video from the New York Medical Diagnostic Center (NYMDC), you’ll learn about exosomes’ generation, their importance to key biological processes, and more.

What are exosomes?

These microvesicles are membrane-enclosed structures that circulate in the body by traveling through the bloodstream. Exosomes are released by endothelial cells, epithelial cells, platelets, and tumor cells.

According to the NYMDC, exosomes “are generated through invagination of the cellular membrane and released through exocytosis.” Once they’ve developed, exosomes can transfer their contents (like proteins, messenger RNA, and micro RNA) to other cells.

Why are they important?

Collaborating with a research partner to study exosome proteomics will help you better understand key biological processes, such as:

  • Immune response
  • Intercellular communication and transport
  • Metastasis
  • Angiogenesis
  • Cellular survival

You can learn more by watching the video below.

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