Meeting report: Discussions and preliminary findings on extracellular RNA measurement methods from laboratories in the NIH Extracellular RNA Communication Consortium

Louise C. Laurent, Asim B. Abdel-Mageed, P. David Adelson, Jorge Arango, Leonora Balaj, Xandra Breakefield, Elizabeth Carlson, Bob S. Carter, Blanca Majem, Clark C. Chen, Emanuele Cocucci, Kirsty Danielson, Amanda Courtright, Saumya Das, Zakaria Y.Abd Elmageed, Daniel Enderle, Alan Ezrin, Marc Ferrer, Jane Freedman, David GalasRoopali Gandhi, Matthew J. Huentelman, Kendall Van Keuren-Jensen, Yashar Kalani, Yong Kim, Anna M. Krichevsky, Charles Lai, Madhu Lal-Nag, Clara D. Laurent, Trevor Leonardo, Feng Li, Ivana Malenica, Debasis Mondal, Parham Nejad, Tushar Patel, Robert L. Raffai, Renee Rubio, Johan Skog, Robert Spetzler, Jie Sun, Kahraman Tanriverdi, Kasey Vickers, Liang Wang, Yaoyu Wang, Zhiyun Wei, Howard L. Weiner, David Wong, Irene K. Yan, Ashish Yeri, Stephen Gould

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Abstract

Extracellular RNAs (exRNAs) have been identified in all tested biofluids and have been associated with a variety of extracellular vesicles, ribonucleoprotein complexes and lipoprotein complexes. Much of the interest in exRNAs lies in the fact that they may serve as signalling molecules between cells, their potential to serve as biomarkers for prediction and diagnosis of disease and the possibility that exRNAs or the extracellular particles that carry them might be used for therapeutic purposes. Among the most significant bottlenecks to progress in this field is the lack of robust and standardized methods for collection and processing of biofluids, separation of different types of exRNA-containing particles and isolation and analysis of exRNAs. The Sample and Assay Standards Working Group of the Extracellular RNA Communication Consortium is a group of laboratories funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health to develop such methods. In our first joint endeavour, we held a series of conference calls and in-person meetings to survey the methods used among our members, placed them in the context of the current literature and used our findings to identify areas in which the identification of robust methodologies would promote rapid advancements in the exRNA field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number26533
JournalJournal of Extracellular Vesicles
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Exosomes
  • Extracellular RNA
  • Extracellular vesicles
  • Microvesicles
  • RNA sequencing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Histology
  • Cell Biology

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