Exosomes and Female Infertility

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Author(s): Xiaoyan Sun, Xiaoling Ma, Xia Yang, Xuehong Zhang*.

Journal Name: Current Drug Metabolism


Background: Exosomes are small extracellular vesicles (EVs) (40-100nm) secreted by living cells and mediate the transmission of information between cells. The number and contents of exosomes are associated with diseases such as inflammatory diseases, cancer, metabolic diseases and what we are focusing in this passage.

Objective: This review focused on the role of exosomes in oocyte development, declined ovarian function, PCOS, uterine diseases, endometrial receptivity and fallopian tube dysfunction in the female.

Methods: We conducted an extensive search for research articles involving relationships between exosomes and female infertility on bibliographic database.

Results: It’s reported that exosomes can act as a potential therapeutic device to carry cargoes to treat female infertility. However, the pathophysiological mechanism of exosomes in female infertility has not been entirely elucidated. Further researches are needed to explore the etiology and provide evidence for potential clinical treatment.

Conclusions: This review systematically summarized the role exosomes play in female infertility and its potential as drug delivery.

Keywords: exosomes, microRNAs, female infertility, oocyte, endometrial receptivity, drug delivery

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DOI: 10.2174/1389200220666191015155910
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