Proteomic Analysis of Neuroblastoma-Derived Exosomes: New Insights into a Metastatic Signature

Marta Colletti, Andrea Petretto, Angela Galardi, Virginia Di Paolo, Luigi Tomao, Chiara Lavarello, Elvira Inglese, Maurizio Bruschi, Ana Amor Lopez, Luisa Pascucci, Birgit Geoerger, Hector Peinado, Franco Locatelli, Angela Di Giannatale

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Neuroblastoma (NB) is the most common extracranial pediatric solid tumor. Around 70% of patients with metastatic disease at diagnosis present bone-marrow infiltration, which is considered a marker of poor outcome; however, the mechanism underlying this specific tropism has to be elucidated. Tumor-derived exosomes may support metastatic progression in several tumors by interacting with the microenvironment, and may serve as tumor biomarkers. The main objective of this study is to identify an exosomal signature associated with NB metastatic bone-marrow dissemination. Therefore, the proteomic cargo of exosomes isolated from NB cell lines derived from primary tumor and bone-marrow metastasis is characterized. The comparison among exosomal proteins show 15 proteins exclusively present in primary tumor-derived exosomes, mainly involved in neuronal development, and 6 proteins in metastasis-derived exosomes related to cancer progression. Significant proteins obtain with statistical analysis performed between the two groups, reveal that primary tumor exosomes contain a higher level of proteins involved in extra-cellular matrix (ECM) assembly and adhesion, as well as in neuronal development. Exosomes isolated from bone-marrow metastasis exhibit proteins involved in ameboidal cell migration and mitochondrial activity. This work suggests that proteomic profiling of NB-derived exosomes reflects the tumor stage and may be considered as potential tumor biomarker.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1600430
Issue number23-24
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2017


  • cell biology
  • exosomes
  • metastasis
  • neuroblastoma
  • signature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


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