Unconventional secretion of plant extracellular vesicles and their benefits to human health: A mini review

Joshua T. Farley, Mahmoud K. Eldahshoury, Carine de Marcos Lousa (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Abstract

Mechanisms devoted to the secretion of proteins via extracellular vesicles (EVs) have been found in mammals, yeasts, and plants. Since they transport a number of leader-less proteins to the plasma membrane or the extracellular space, EVs are considered part of Unconventional protein secretion (UPS) routes. UPS involving EVs are a relatively new field in plants. Aside from their role in plant physiology and immunity, plant extracts containing EVs have also been shown to be beneficial for human health. Therefore, exploring the use of plant EVs in biomedicine and their potential as drug delivery tools is an exciting avenue. Here we give a summary of the state of knowledge on plant EVs, their crosstalk with mammalian systems and potential research routes that could lead to practical applications in therapeutic drug delivery.

Original languageEnglish
Article number883841
Number of pages7
JournalFrontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
Volume10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2022

Keywords

  • biomedicine
  • biopharming
  • exosomes
  • extracellular vesicles
  • plant EVs
  • unconventional protein secretion (UPS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology

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