Exosomes in immunoregulation of chronic lung diseases

Academic Article


  • Exosomes are nano-sized, membrane-bound vesicles released from cells that transport cargo including DNA, RNA, and proteins, between cells as a form of intercellular communication. In addition to their role in intercellular communication, exosomes are beginning to be appreciated as agents of immunoregulation that can modulate antigen presentation, immune activation, suppression, and surveillance. This article summarizes how these multifaceted functions of exosomes may promote development and/or progression of chronic inflammatory lung diseases including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and pulmonary fibrosis. The potential of exosomes as a novel therapeutic is also discussed.
  • Published In

  • Acta allergologica  Journal
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    Author List

  • Hough KP; Chanda D; Duncan SR; Thannickal VJ; Deshane JS
  • Start Page

  • 534
  • End Page

  • 544
  • Volume

  • 72
  • Issue

  • 4