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Periostin is identified as a putative metastatic marker in breast cancer-derived exosomes

Ioulia Vardaki, Sophia Ceder, Dorothea Rutishauser, George Baltatzis, Theodoros Foukakis and Theocharis Panaretakis _

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:74966-74978. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.11663

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Ioulia Vardaki1, Sophia Ceder1, Dorothea Rutishauser2,3, George Baltatzis4, Theodoros Foukakis1, Theocharis Panaretakis1

1Department of Oncology-Pathology, Cancer Centrum Karolinska, Karolinska Institutet and University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden

2Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Karolinska Institutet and University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden

3Science for Life Laboratory, Stockholm, Sweden

4Department of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Correspondence to:

Theocharis Panaretakis, email: [email protected]

Keywords: periostin, biomarkers, exosomes, metastatic, non-metastatic

Received: April 13, 2016     Accepted: August 16, 2016     Published: August 29, 2016


Breast cancer (BrCa) is the most frequent cancer type in women and a leading cause of cancer related deaths in the world. Despite the decrease in mortality due to better diagnostics and palliative care, there is a lack of prognostic markers of metastasis. Recently, the exploitation of liquid biopsies and in particular of the extracellular vesicles has shown promise in the identification of such prognostic markers. In this study we compared the proteomic content of exosomes derived from metastatic and non-metastatic human (MCF7 and MDA-MB-231) and mouse (67NR and 4T1) cell lines. We found significant differences not only in the amount of secreted exosomes but most importantly in the protein content of exosomes secreted from metastatic versus non-metastatic ones. We identified periostin as a protein that is enriched in exosomes secreted by metastatic cells and validated its presence in a pilot cohort of breast cancer patient samples with localized disease or lymph node (LN) metastasis.

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