Exosomes: a new horizon in lung cancer

Irene Vanni, Angela Alama, Francesco Grossi, Maria Giovanna Dal Bello, Simona Coco

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Abstract

Circulating exosomes are the major mediators of cell–cell communication. They have been found in various body fluids of healthy individuals and patients with malignancies as cargos of several molecules including miRNAs. Several studies have underlined the role of exosome miRNAs in different tumor types, including lung cancer, suggesting their potential use as biomarkers and therapeutic agents. An overview of the biology and function of exosomes and exosome miRNAs as indicators of diagnosis and treatment response in lung cancer is presented. In addition, preliminary data on exosomes as potential therapeutic agents are reported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)927-936
Number of pages10
JournalDrug Discovery Today
Volume22
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery

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