Chimeric nanocomposites for the rapid and simple isolation of urinary extracellular vesicles

Thuy Nguyen Thi Dao, Myoung Gyu Kim, Bonhan Koo, Huifang Liu, Yoon Ok Jang, Hyo Joo Lee, Yunlim Kim, Yun Yong Park, Hyun Soo Kim, Choung Soo Kim, Yong Shin

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Cancer cell-derived extracellular vesicles (EVs) are promising biomarkers for cancer diagnosis and prognosis. However, the lack of rapid and sensitive isolation techniques to obtain EVs from clinical samples at a sufficiently high yield limits their practicability. Chimeric nanocomposites of lactoferrin conjugated 2,2-bis(methylol)propionic acid dendrimer-modified magnetic nanoparticles (LF-bis-MPA-MNPs) are fabricated and used for simple and sensitive EV isolation from various biological samples via a combination of electrostatic interaction, physically absorption, and biorecognition between the surfaces of the EVs and the LF-bis-MPA-MNPs. The speed, efficiency, recovery rate, and purity of EV isolation by the LF-bis-MPA-MNPs are superior to those obtained by using established methods. The relative expressions of exosomal microRNAs (miRNAs) from isolated EVs in cancerous cell-derived exosomes are verified as significantly higher than those from noncancerous ones. Finally, the chimeric nanocomposites are used to assess urinary exosomal miRNAs from urine specimens from 20 prostate cancer (PCa), 10 benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), patients and 10 healthy controls. Significant up-regulation of miR-21 and miR-346 and down-regulation of miR-23a and miR-122-5p occurs in both groups compared to healthy controls. LF-bis-MPA-MNPs provide a rapid, simple, and high yield method for human excreta analysis in clinical applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12195
JournalJournal of Extracellular Vesicles
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Feb

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Funding Information:
This study was supported by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) (2020R1A2C2007148 and 2016R1A5A1010148), and also supported by the Yonsei University Research Fund of 2021 (2021‐22‐0051).

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© 2022 The Authors. Journal of Extracellular Vesicles published by Wiley Periodicals, LLC on behalf of the International Society for Extracellular Vesicles

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Histology
  • Cell Biology


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