Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are membrane-bound vesicles that are released by cells into their extracellular environment, have selective enrichment of specific proteins and RNA, and can mediate inter-cellular communication. In this review we highlight recent observations of the role of EVs in liver injury, viral hepatitis, alcoholic or non-alcoholic liver disease, biliary tract disease and liver cancers. Potential applications as markers of diseases or for therapeutic applications are outlined to emphasize the new opportunities that are arising from the study of EVs.
- liver cancer
- fatty liver disease
- liver injury
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