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Bioengineering 2019, 6(1), 7;

Extracellular Vesicle Quantification and Characterization: Common Methods and Emerging Approaches

Department of Pathology, Erasmus Optical Imaging Centre, Erasmus MC, 3015 GE Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Department of Chemical Engineering, Delft University of Technology, 3015 CD Delft, The Netherlands
Department of Urology, Erasmus MC, 3015 CD Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Received: 23 December 2018 / Revised: 14 January 2019 / Accepted: 15 January 2019 / Published: 16 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Extracellular Vesicles: From Biology to Biomedical Applications)
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Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are a family of small membrane vesicles that carry information about cells by which they are secreted. Growing interest in the role of EVs in intercellular communication, but also in using their diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic potential in (bio) medical applications, demands for accurate assessment of their biochemical and physical properties. In this review, we provide an overview of available technologies for EV analysis by describing their working principles, assessing their utility in EV research and summarising their potential and limitations. To emphasise the innovations in EV analysis, we also highlight the unique possibilities of emerging technologies with high potential for further development. View Full-Text
Keywords: Extracellular vesicles (EVs), methods for EV analysis; emerging technologies Extracellular vesicles (EVs), methods for EV analysis; emerging technologies

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Hartjes, T.A.; Mytnyk, S.; Jenster, G.W.; van Steijn, V.; van Royen, M.E. Extracellular Vesicle Quantification and Characterization: Common Methods and Emerging Approaches. Bioengineering 2019, 6, 7.

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