The Potential of Milk-Derived Exosomes for Drug Delivery

Author(s): Shuyuan Li, Yue Tang*, Yushun Dou

Journal Name: Current Drug Delivery

Volume 18 , Issue 6 , 2021

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Background: Exosomes, one of the extracellular vesicles, are widely present in all biological fluids and play an important role in intercellular communication. Due to their hydrophobic lipid bilayer and aqueous hydrophilic core structure, they are considered a possible alternative to liposome drug delivery systems. Not only do they protect the cargo like liposomes during delivery, but they are also less toxic and better tolerated. However, due to the lack of sources and methods for obtaining enough exosomes, the therapeutic application of exosomes as drug carriers is limited.

Methods: A literature search was performed using the ScienceDirect and PubMed electronic databases to obtain information from published literature on milk exosomes related to drug delivery.

Results: Here, we briefly reviewed the current knowledge of exosomes, expounded the advantages of milk-derived exosomes over other delivery vectors, including higher yield, the oral delivery characteristic and additional therapeutic benefits. The purification and drug loading methods of milk exosomes, and the current application of milk exosomes were also introduced.

Conclusion: The emergence of milk-derived exosomes is expected to break through the limitations of exosomes as therapeutic carriers of drugs. We hope to raise awareness of the therapeutic potential of milk-derived exosomes as a new drug delivery system.

Keywords: Drug delivery system, extracellular vesicles, milk-derived exosomes, nanoparticles, oral delivery, liposomes.

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Article Details

Year: 2021
Published on: 17 August, 2020
Page: [688 - 699]
Pages: 12
DOI: 10.2174/1567201817666200817112503
Price: $65

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