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TrkB-containing exosomes promote the transfer of glioblastoma aggressiveness to YKL-40-inactivated glioblastoma cells

Sandra Pinet, Barbara Bessette, Nicolas Vedrenne, Aurélie Lacroix, Laurence Richard, Marie-Odile Jauberteau, Serge Battu and Fabrice Lalloué _

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:50349-50364. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.10387

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Sandra Pinet1, Barbara Bessette1, Nicolas Vedrenne1, Aurélie Lacroix1, Laurence Richard2, Marie-Odile Jauberteau1,3, Serge Battu1,4, Fabrice Lalloué1

1Limoges University, Equipe Accueil 3842, Cellular Homeostasis and Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, 87025 Limoges Cedex, France

2Limoges University Hospital, Department of Neurology, 87042 Limoges Cedex, France

3Limoges University Hospital, Department of Immunology, 87042 Limoges Cedex, France

4Limoges University, Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry and Bromatology, Faculty of Pharmacy, 87025 Limoges, France

Correspondence to:

Fabrice Lalloué, email: [email protected]

Keywords: glioblastoma, exosomes, neurotrophin receptors, TrkB, undifferentiated cells

Received: May 03, 2016     Accepted: June 13, 2016     Published: July 02, 2016


The neurotrophin receptors are known to promote growth and proliferation of glioblastoma cells. Their functions in spreading glioblastoma cell aggressiveness to the microenvironment through exosome release from glioblastoma cells are unknown.

Considering previous reports demonstrating that YKL-40 expression is associated with undifferentiated glioblastoma cancer stem cells, we used YKL-40-silenced cells to modulate the U87-MG differentiated state and their biological aggressiveness. Herein, we demonstrated a relationship between neurotrophin-receptors and YKL-40 expression in undifferentiated cells. Differential functions of cells and derived-exosomes were evidenced according to neurotrophin receptor content and differentiated cell state by comparison with control pLKO cells.

YKL-40 silencing of glioblastoma cells impairs proliferation, neurosphere formation, and their ability to induce endothelial cell (HBMEC) migration. The modulation of differentiated cell state in YKL-40-silenced cells induces a decrease of TrkB, sortilin and p75NTR cellular expressions, associated with a low-aggressiveness phenotype. Interestingly, TrkB expressed in exosomes derived from control cells was undetectable in exosomes from YKL-40 -silenced cells. The transfer of TrkB-containing exosomes in YKL-40-silenced cells contributed to restore cell proliferation and promote endothelial cell activation. Interestingly, in U87 MG xenografted mice, TrkB-depleted exosomes from YKL-40-silenced cells inhibited tumor growth in vivo.

These data highlight that TrkB-containing exosomes play a key role in the control of glioblastoma progression and aggressiveness. Furthermore, TrkB expression was detected in exosomes isolated from plasma of glioblastoma patients, suggesting that this receptor may be considered as a new biomarker for glioblastoma diagnosis.

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