Autophagy driven extracellular vesicles in the leukaemic microenvironment

Horton, Rebecca, Wileman, Thomas and Rushworth, Stuart A (2020) Autophagy driven extracellular vesicles in the leukaemic microenvironment. Current Cancer Drug Targets. ISSN 1568-0096

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The leukaemias are a heterogenous group of blood cancers which, together, caused 310,000 deaths in 2016. Despite significant research into their biology and therapeutics leukaemia is predicted to account for an increased 470,000 deaths in 2040. Many subtypes remain without targeted therapy, and therefore the mainstay of treatment remains generic cytotoxic drugs with bone marrow transplant the sole definitive option. In this review, we will focus on cellular mechanisms which have the potential for therapeutic exploitation to specifically target and treat this devastating disease. We will bring together the disciplines of autophagy and extracelluar vesicles, exploring how the dysregulation of these mechanisms can lead to changes in the leukaemic microenvironment and the subsequent propagation of disease. The dual effect of these mechanisms in the disease microenvironment is not limited to leukaemia; and therefore we briefly explore their role in autoimmunity, inflammation and degenerative disease.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2020 00:01
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2020 00:12
DOI: 10.2174/1568009620666200428111051

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