Editorial Board Members’ Collection Series: The Functions of Extracellular Vesicles in Cancer

A special issue of Cancers (ISSN 2072-6694). This special issue belongs to the section "Methods and Technologies Development".

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1. School of Physics and Clinical and Optometric Sciences, Technological University Dublin, City Campus, Dublin 8, Ireland
2. Radiation and Environmental Science Centre, Focas Research Institute, Technological University Dublin, Camden Row, Dublin 8, Ireland
Interests: low dose radiation; non-targeted effects; out of field effects; individual radiosensitivity; biophotonics for cancer diagnosis
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Interests: B-cell malignancies; multiple myeloma; Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia; bone marrow microenvironment; tumor cell-bone marrow niche interactions; metastasis; neo-angiogenesis; epigenetic; clonal evolution; novel drugs; exosomes; microRNAs; signal transduction

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1. Molecular Oncology and Embryology Laboratory, Human Anatomy Unit, Department of Surgery and Surgical Specializations, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Barcelona, 08036 Barcelona, Spain
2. August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS), 08036 Barcelona, Spain
3. Thoracic Oncology Unit, Hospital Clinic, 08036 Barcelona, Spain
Interests: noncoding RNAs; microRNAs; piwiRNAs; lncRNAs; circularRNAs; extracellular vesicles; exosomes; biomarkers; lung cancer; colorectal cancer; lymphoma; leukemia
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Dear Colleagues,

Extracellular vesicles (EVs), such as exosomes and microvesicles, are secreted by most eukaryotic cells and participate in intercellular communication. EVs are considered to be involved in the development and progression of tumors from different tissue sources in numerous ways, including remodeling of the tumor microenvironment, promoting angiogenesis, and regulating the immune escape of tumor cells. Moreover, they have an active role in the metastasis process since they participate in the creation of the pre-metastatic niche and even enhance the survival and extravasation of circulating tumor cells. In addition, EV‐based drug delivery strategies in preclinical and clinical trials have been shown to dramatically decrease cancer development.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Extracellular vesicles in the detection of cancer;
  • Nucleic acids in cancer extracellular vesicles;
  • Proteins in cancer extracellular vesicles;
  • Extracellular vesicles as key components of the tumor microenvironment;
  • Extracellular vesicles and tumor immunity;
  • Extracellular vesicles in tumor angiogenesis;
  • Extracellular vesicles and cancer-associated fibroblasts;
  • Regulation of tumor growth and metastasis by extracellular vesicles;
  • Extracellular vesicles and tumorigenesis;
  • Extracellular vesicles and tumor ECM remodeling;
  • Extracellular vesicles and metastasis;
  • Tumor extracellular vesicles and resistance to therapy;
  • Extracellular vesicles and radiotherapy;
  • Extracellular vesicles and treatment monitoring;
  • Extracellular vesicles as nanocarriers of anticancer therapies;
  • Identification of EV biomarkers related to patient outcome.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Fiona Lyng
Dr. Aldo M. Roccaro
Prof. Dr. Alfons Navarro
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  • extracellular vescicles
  • cancer progression
  • drug delivery
  • cancer biomarkers
  • exosomes
  • liquid Bioipsy
  • therapy

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CAR-T-Derived Extracellular Vesicles: A Promising Development of CAR-T Anti-Tumor Therapy
by Sara Pagotto, Pasquale Simeone, Davide Brocco, Giulia Catitti, Domenico De Bellis, Simone Vespa, Natalia Di Pietro, Lisa Marinelli, Antonio Di Stefano, Serena Veschi, Laura De Lellis, Fabio Verginelli, Francesco Kaitsas, Manuela Iezzi, Assunta Pandolfi, Rosa Visone, Nicola Tinari, Ignazio Caruana, Mauro Di Ianni, Alessandro Cama, Paola Lanuti and Rosalba Florioadd Show full author list remove Hide full author list
Cancers 2023, 15(4), 1052; https://doi.org/10.3390/cancers15041052 - 07 Feb 2023
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Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are a heterogenous population of plasma membrane-surrounded particles that are released in the extracellular milieu by almost all types of living cells. EVs are key players in intercellular crosstalk, both locally and systemically, given that they deliver their cargoes (consisting [...] Read more.
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are a heterogenous population of plasma membrane-surrounded particles that are released in the extracellular milieu by almost all types of living cells. EVs are key players in intercellular crosstalk, both locally and systemically, given that they deliver their cargoes (consisting of proteins, lipids, mRNAs, miRNAs, and DNA fragments) to target cells, crossing biological barriers. Those mechanisms further trigger a wide range of biological responses. Interestingly, EV phenotypes and cargoes and, therefore, their functions, stem from their specific parental cells. For these reasons, EVs have been proposed as promising candidates for EV-based, cell-free therapies. One of the new frontiers of cell-based immunotherapy for the fight against refractory neoplastic diseases is represented by genetically engineered chimeric antigen receptor T (CAR-T) lymphocytes, which in recent years have demonstrated their effectiveness by reaching commercialization and clinical application for some neoplastic diseases. CAR-T-derived EVs represent a recent promising development of CAR-T immunotherapy approaches. This crosscutting innovative strategy is designed to exploit the advantages of genetically engineered cell-based immunotherapy together with those of cell-free EVs, which in principle might be safer and more efficient in crossing biological and tumor-associated barriers. In this review, we underlined the potential of CAR-T-derived EVs as therapeutic agents in tumors. Full article
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