Exosomes: small vesicles participating in intercellular communication.

  title={Exosomes: small vesicles participating in intercellular communication.},
  author={Anna-Kristin Ludwig and Bernd Giebel},
  journal={The international journal of biochemistry & cell biology},
  volume={44 1},
Exosomes are small membrane vesicles, which eukaryotic cells secrete into their extracellular environment. They are formed as intraluminal vesicles by inward budding of the limiting membrane into the lumen of late endosomes. Upon fusion of thus arising multivesicular bodies with the plasma membrane, these vesicles are released as exosomes and enter body fluids such as blood plasma, urine and saliva. Containing certain combinations of lipids, adhesion and intercellular signaling molecules as… CONTINUE READING


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