A novel 'traffic cop' detains intercellular cargo of diagnostic and prognostic value
In the 1980s, researchers discovered that healthy cells release small membrane-bound extracellular vesicles now known as exosomes. They are loaded with cargo including proteins, DNA and RNA originally thought to be associated with intercellular communication and signalling. While this remains true and exosomes can affect the function of distant cells, exosomes and their cargo also play a role in tumour growth and metastasis as well as in other diseases, making them potentially potent biomarkers for diagnosis and monitoring. The EU-funded Vezics project is bringing a novel platform for exosome isolation closer to market by introducing technical enhancements and evaluating business opportunities.
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Funding SchemeSME-1 - SME instrument phase 1
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