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BMC Biol. 2016 Jun 13;14:46. doi: 10.1186/s12915-016-0268-z.

Q&A: What are exosomes, exactly?

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Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, University of Cambridge, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 0XY, UK. je333@cam.ac.uk.

Abstract

Exosomes are extracellular vesicles first described as such 30 years ago and since implicated in cell-cell communication and the transmission of disease states, and explored as a means of drug discovery. Yet fundamental questions about their biology remain unanswered. Here I explore what exosomes are, highlight the difficulties in studying them and explain the current definition and some of the outstanding issues in exosome biology.

PMID:
27296830
PMCID:
PMC4906597
DOI:
10.1186/s12915-016-0268-z
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