Exosomes: A Novel Therapeutic Paradigm for the Treatment of Depression

Author(s): Shvetank Bhatt*, Jovita Kanoujia, Arghya Kusum Dhar, Surendar Arumugam, Amanda K. A. Silva, Neeraj Mishra

Journal Name: Current Drug Targets

Volume 22 , Issue 2 , 2021

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Extracellular vesicles (EVs) of endocytic origin are known as exosomes. These vesicles are released by cells and are found in biofluids, such as saliva, urine, and plasma. These vesicles are made up of small RNA, DNA, proteins, and play a vital role in many physiological processes. In the central nervous system (CNS), they participate in various physiological processes such as stress of nerve cells, communication between the cells, synaptic plasticity, and neurogenesis. The role of exosomes in depression needs to be explored further. It is known that exosomes can cross the blood brain barrier (BBB), which is made up of glial cells astrocytes. One of the advantages of these vesicles is that they are able to transfer macromolecules like DNA, protein, mRNAs, and miRNAs to recipient cells. This review focuses on the potential role of exosomes in depression and their utilization as a treatment option or diagnostic tool of depression.

Keywords: Depression, Exosomes, BBB, Serotonin, Biomarker, Oxidative Stress.

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Article Details

Year: 2021
Published on: 06 October, 2020
Page: [183 - 191]
Pages: 9
DOI: 10.2174/1389450121999201006193005
Price: $65

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