The impact of obesity on adipocyte-derived extracellular vesicles

Hiu Yee Kwan*, Minting Chen, Keyang Xu, Baisen Chen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Recently, the emerging roles of adipocyte-derived extracellular vesicles (EVs) linking obesity and its comorbidities have been recognized. In obese subjects, adipocytes are having hypertrophic growth and are under stressed. The dysfunction adipocytes dysregulate the assembly of the biological components in the EVs including exosomes. This article critically reviews the current findings on the impact of obesity on the exosomal cargo contents that induce the pathophysiological changes. Besides, this review also summarizes the understanding on how obesity affects the biogenesis of adipocyte-derived exosomes and the exosome secretion. Furthermore, the differences of the exosomal contents in different adipose depots, and the impact of obesity on the exosomes that are derived from the stromal vascular fraction such as the adipose tissue macrophages and adipocyte-derived stem cells will also be discussed. The current development and potential application of exosome-based therapy will be summarized. This review provides crucial information for the design of novel exosome-based therapy for the treatment of obesity and its comorbidities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7275-7288
Number of pages14
JournalCellular and Molecular Life Sciences
Issue number23
Early online date22 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pharmacology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Cell Biology

User-Defined Keywords

  • Adipocyte
  • Exosomes
  • Extracellular vesicles
  • Obesity


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