Title

Extracellular vesicles in liver disease and potential as biomarkers and therapeutic targets

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology; UMass Metabolic Network

Date

8-1-2017

Document Type

Article

Disciplines

Biochemistry | Cell Biology | Cellular and Molecular Physiology | Digestive System Diseases | Gastroenterology | Hepatology | Molecular Biology

Abstract

Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are membranous vesicles originating from different cells in the liver. The pathophysiological role of EVs is increasingly recognized in liver diseases, including alcoholic liver disease, NAFLD, viral hepatitis and hepatocellular carcinoma. EVs, via their cargo, can provide communication between different cell types in the liver and between organs. EVs are explored as biomarkers of disease and could also represent therapeutic targets and vehicles for treatment delivery. Here, we review advances in understanding the role of EVs in liver diseases and discuss their utility in biomarker discovery and therapeutics.

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Citation: Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2017 Aug;14(8):455-466. doi: 10.1038/nrgastro.2017.71. Epub 2017 Jun 21. Link to article on publisher's site

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PubMed ID

28634412