Posts in Extracellular Vesicles
Extracellular Vesicles Signals: Exosomes

How cells manufacture proteins for export, how cells manufacture vesicles that are exported outside the cells, how human cells secrete small RNAs in extracellular vesicles and how these vesicles capture small RNA molecules is a huge exciting area of scientific investigation. Looking specifically at the EVs that we call exosomes, there is now evidence that the exosomes may mediate the transfer of information between cells.

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What are Oncosomes?

Oncosomes are, at present, scientifically understood to be membrane-derived micro-vesicles that are secreted by cancer cells and transfer oncogenic messages and protein complexes across cell borders. The names, from, oncogenic: relating to tumour formation or tending to cause tumours, oncosomes are being characterised as exosomes that contain oncogenic cargo and/or unique signatures of the tumour cells from which they emerge.

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