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Title: Exosomes as Mediators of Chemical-Induced Toxicity.

Authors: Rokad, Dharmin; Jin, Huajun; Anantharam, Vellareddy; Kanthasamy, Arthi; Kanthasamy, Anumantha G

Published In Curr Environ Health Rep, (2019 09)

Abstract: This review provides information regarding how exosomes may contribute to environmental chemical-induced pathogenesis of chronic diseases. In connecting exosome biology to environmental toxicology and disease pathogenesis, we address vital questions regarding what constitutes exosomal cargo, how toxicants influence exosomal cargo, and how environmental stimuli influence exosomal physiological and pathological functions.Recent studies in the field demonstrate that exosomal cargo changes depending on external stimuli, which has consequences for the microenvironment of recipient cells. Based on recent findings, it is evident that exosomal cargo comprises various biological molecules including proteins, nucleic acids, and lipid molecules. Misfolded proteins and miRNA are examples of exosomal cargo molecules that can be altered by toxicants, ultimately changing the microenvironment of recipient cells in ways that are conducive to pathological processes. It will be crucial to map out the key signaling pathways that toxicants target to modulate exosomal cargo and their release.

PubMed ID: 31102182 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: Environmental Exposure/adverse effects*; Environmental Pollutants/toxicity*; Exosomes*; Humans; MicroRNAs; Neurodegenerative Diseases/chemically induced*

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