Special Issue "Therapeutic Applications of Extracellular Vesicles"

A special issue of Cells (ISSN 2073-4409). This special issue belongs to the section "Organelle Function".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2020) | Viewed by 1883

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Benedetta Bussolati
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Guest Editor
Department of Molecular Biotechnology and Health Sciences, University of Turin, via Nizza 52, 10126 Turin, Italy
Interests: tissue regeneration; stem cells, extracellular vesicles
Department of Medical Sciences, University of Turin, Via Nizza 52, 10126 Turin, Italy
Interests: acute kidney injury; chronic kidney disease; regenerative medicine; renal carcinomas
Biosciences Research Group, School of Life and Medical Sciences, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield AL10 9AB, UK
Interests: extracellular vesicles; cancer; tumour microenvironment; epithelial mesenchymal transition; infectious disease
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Extracellular vesicles (EVs) appear as a new promising cell-free therapy in regenerative medicine. EVs retain characteristics of the cell of origin, and those derived from stem cells may mimic their regenerative properties per se. EVs released by stem cells contain proteins and RNA species that act on recipient cells through a variety of mechanisms, resulting in tissue regeneration. In particular, EVs may sustain tissue proliferation, angiogenesis, and reduce apoptosis and inflammation. A large variety of preclinical data have shown the effect of EVs in acute and chronic tissue kidney, lung, hearth, liver, and brain injury, to name but a few.

The interest in EVs for therapeutic applications is related to their characteristics of safety, targeting ability, and multitarget properties. In particular, EVs derived from stem cells such as mesenchymal stromal cells are among the most studied EV sources. The possibility to engineer EVs and enrich their cargo opens new scenarios, such as delivery of bioactive molecules trough EVs from an autologous origin (serum, plasma, etc.) or from natural sources, such as milk, fruits, and vegetables.

The aim of this Special Issue is to provide an overview of the knowledge about the regenerative role of EVs, focusing on their therapeutic applications. This Special Issue will summarize the application of EVs in preclinical models of acute and chronic tissue injuries, comparing animal models, EV sources, including their subfractions, doses, routes of administration, and efficacy of treatment.

Prof. Benedetta Bussolati
Dr. Cristina Grange
Prof. Jameel M. Inal
Guest Editors

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  • exosomes
  • regeneration
  • extracellular vesicle fractions
  • tissue injury
  • stem cell derived EVs
  • EV engineering
  • EV sources
  • EVs as drug delivery vehicles

Published Papers

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