Extracellular Vesicles in Translational Medicine

Reseach Goals

We are investigating the significance, anatomical variation and therapeutic potential of extracellular vesicles in widespread diseases (cancer, osteoarthritis) by studying their formation, molecular transport, membrane fatty acid composition and the factors that could influence these vesicular characteristics.

Scientific and Societal Impact of Research

By understanding the biology of extracellular vesicles in different disease states it will be possible to develop therapeutic methods to affect the formation of vesicles or to utilize them as therapeutic agents. In addition, vesicles provide an attractive alternative as disease biomarkers.

Funding

Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.

Collaboration

Heikki Kröger, Antti Joukainen (KUH Orthopaedics), Reijo Käkelä, Seppo Saarela (University of Oulu), Kirsti Rouvinen-Watt (Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada), Rami Korhonen (UEF).