SfN 2014: Exosomes Emerge as Critical Vehicles for Cell-to-Cell Communication in the Brain

To read more coverage of the 2014 Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, read Part III and Part IV

Exosomes are small vesicles with specialized functions that transmit materials between cells, and are emerging as an important mode of cell-to-cell communication in the nervous system. Signaling via exosomes has been implicated in ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases as a key method for propagation of misfolded proteins, including SOD1, between neighboring cells (see Dec 2012 news story). This year’s Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, which took place Nov 15-19 in Washington, D.C., highlighted the cutting-edge research on exosomes in the nervous system, and their role in health and disease. Click here to read the latest on exosomes from SfN by Alzforum’s Gwyneth Dickey Zakaib:

Part I: Exosomes: the Fedex of the Nervous System?

Part II: Exosomes: Purveyors of Neurodegenerative Disease?

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