The role of Immuno-Exosomes in innate immunity

Grant number: FT180100027 | Funding period: 2019 - 2022

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Abstract

This project aims to determine the role of exosomes (EV) in innate immunity. Exosomes are extracellular vesicles secreted by mammalian cells that have an important biological function in intercellular communication by transferring biologically active proteins, lipids, and RNAs to neighbouring or distant cells. Following exposure to a foreign organism, cells dynamically change the protein composition of the EV they secrete. While this data supports a role for EV as key players in innate immunity, a full understanding of the biological relevance of these vesicles and how they serve as a cellular defence mechanism is lacking. This project will provide significant benefits such as addressing key..

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