Extracellular RNAs: Development as Biomarkers for Human Disease

09/14/15  Portland, OR

You may remember from your science classes that the messenger RNA (mRNA) serves to translate the genetic code (DNA) into specific proteins. This process starts and ends inside the cell (or at least that's what we thought until recently). The recent discovery that RNA can be transported outside the cell packaged in vesicles (which may serve to transfer genetic information from one cell to another) led to a new field in biology focused on Extracellular RNA. A special issue of the Journal of Extracellular Vesicles was recently released with 6 articles from national leaders in this new field of biology, including one article by our own Julie Saugstad, APOM Associate Professor, and Joe Quinn, Professor of Neurology, focused on use of extracellilar RNA as biomarkers for human disease.

Extracellular RNA's: Development as Biomarkers of Human Disease

Nabil Alkayed
Professor and Vice Chair for Research
Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine

Oregon Health & Science University