Isolation and Characterization of Extracellular Vesicles from Keratinocyte Cultures

Sjöqvist, Sebastian, Aya Imafuku, Danu Ghupta, and Samir EL Andaloussi. "Isolation and Characterization of Extracellular Vesicles from Keratinocyte Cultures." (2019): 1-10.

Abstract

Extracellular vesicles (EVs), including exosomes, are nano-sized membrane-bound particles which are released by cells. They have been found in all examined body fluids and can be isolated from conditioned cell culture media. These vesicles have gained increasing attention due to their importance in cellular cross talk, in both health and disease. For example, keratinocyte-derived EVs have been described to modulate melanin production in epidermis. Similar EVs were also shown to have an important role in skin immunology, by stimulating dendritic cells. In this chapter, we will describe how to isolate EVs from keratinocyte cultures and how to perform characterization by Western blot, nanoparticle tracking analysis, and transmission electron microscopy.

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