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Isolation of Extracellular Vesicle with Multivalent Aptamer


Extracellular vesicles (EV) are lipid-enclosed submicron vesicles that are secreted from all eukaryotic cells. EVs can selectively encapsulate tissue-specific small molecules from parent cells and efficiently deliver them to recipient cells. As signal mediators of intercellular communication, the molecules packaged in EVs play critical roles in the pathophysiology of diseases. In relevant clinical translation, EV contents have been used for cancer diagnosis and treatment monitoring. To further promote EV-based cancer liquid biopsy toward large-scale clinical implementation, efficient and specific isolation of pure tumor-derived EVs from body fluids is a prerequisite. However, existing EV isolation methods are unable to address certain technical challenges, such as lengthy procedures, low throughput, low specificity, heavy protein contamination, etc., and thus, new approaches for EV isolation are required. Here, we report a multivalent, long single-stranded aptamer with repeated units for EV enrichment and retrieval. After short incubation of biotin-labeled multivalent aptamers (MA) with samples, EVs can be quickly secured by MA, anchored onto streptavidin-coated microspheres, and further retrieved via digestion of the DNA aptamer. Approximately 45% of EVs can be isolated from spiked samples in 40 min with depletion of 81.2% albumin contamination. In addition, 93.1% of isolated EVs can be retrieved via DNase mediated aptamer degradation in 10 min for downstream molecular analyses. Our findings suggest that MA can efficiently and specifically isolate EVs derived from malignant lymphocytes, and this simple method could facilitate EV-centered study of acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

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16 Jul 2020
01 Oct 2020
First published
07 Oct 2020

Analyst, 2020, Accepted Manuscript
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Isolation of Extracellular Vesicle with Multivalent Aptamer

F. Xue, Y. Chen, Y. Wen, K. Abhange, W. Zhang, G. Cheng, Z. Quinn, W. Mao and Y. Wan, Analyst, 2020, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/D0AN01420F

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