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exosome in cancer

Sunday 5 January 2014

Exosomes are small membrane vesicles released by most cell types including tumor cells. The intercellular exchange of proteins and genetic material via exosomes is a potentially effective approach for cell-to-cell communication and it may perform multiple functions aiding to tumor survival and metastasis.

Exosome in cancer

- 5-fluorouracil (5-FU)

  • The exosome has been shown to be inhibited by the antimetabolite drug fluorouracil, which is a drug used in chemotherapy treatment of cancer. It is one of the most successful drugs for treating solid tumors.
  • In yeast cells treated with fluorouracil, defects were seen in the processing of ribosomal RNA identical to those seen when the activity of the exosome was blocked by molecular biological strategies.
  • Lack of correct ribosomal RNA processing is lethal to cells, explaining the antimetabolic effect of the drug.

- brain metastasis

Oncology biomarkers

It has been developed working procedures to evaluate exosomal RNA signature as novel biomarkers for cancer prognosis, prediction and patient stratification.

In particular, it has refreshed current practice and demonstrated a new approach for studying RNA signature in patient blood samples.

Open References

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- Proteomic profiling of exosomes leads to the identification of novel biomarkers for prostate cancer. Duijvesz D, Burnum-Johnson KE, Gritsenko MA, Hoogland AM, Vredenbregt-van den Berg MS, Willemsen R, Luider T, Paša-Tolić L, Jenster G. PLoS One. 2013 Dec 31;8(12):e82589. doi : 10.1371/journal.pone.0082589 PMID: 24391718 [Free]


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- Clinical use of novel urine and blood based prostate cancer biomarkers: A review. Dijkstra S, Mulders PF, Schalken JA. Clin Biochem. 2013 Oct 29. pii: S0009-9120(13)00497-9. doi : 10.1016/j.clinbiochem.2013.10.023 PMID: 24177197