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Bioinformatics. 2015 Mar 15;31(6):933-9. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btu741. Epub 2014 Nov 10.

EVpedia: a community web portal for extracellular vesicles research.

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Department of Life Sciences, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang, Republic of Korea, Division of Integrative Biosciences and Biotechnology, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang, Republic of Korea, Cardiovascular Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA, Department of Clinical Immunology, Polish-American Institute of Paediatrics, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Cracow, Poland, Department of Nephrology and Hypertension, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands, Section of Oncology, Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund University, Lund, Sweden, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Manhasset, NY, USA, Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Immunology, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA, Institute of Biomedicine and Molecular Immunology (IBIM), National Research Council (CNR), Palermo, Italy, Innovation in Vesicles and Cells for Application in Therapy, Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute, Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital, Badalona, Spain, INSERM, UMR837 JEAN-PIERRE Aubert Research Centre, Lille, France, Department of Genetics, Cell- and Immunobiology, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, BIO21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, Institute of Cancer & Genetics, School of Medicine, Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK, Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital and Department of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA, Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA, Department of Neurology, College of Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN, USA, Cancer Biology Program, Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, Cedars-Sinai M



Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are spherical bilayered proteolipids, harboring various bioactive molecules. Due to the complexity of the vesicular nomenclatures and components, online searches for EV-related publications and vesicular components are currently challenging.


We present an improved version of EVpedia, a public database for EVs research. This community web portal contains a database of publications and vesicular components, identification of orthologous vesicular components, bioinformatic tools and a personalized function. EVpedia includes 6879 publications, 172 080 vesicular components from 263 high-throughput datasets, and has been accessed more than 65 000 times from more than 750 cities. In addition, about 350 members from 73 international research groups have participated in developing EVpedia. This free web-based database might serve as a useful resource to stimulate the emerging field of EV research.


The web site was implemented in PHP, Java, MySQL and Apache, and is freely available at

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