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May 2016 Molecular & cellular oncology

Heparanase tailors syndecan for exosome production.


Exosomes are secreted vesicles involved in signaling processes. The biogenesis of a class of these vesicles depends on syntenin and syndecans. Heparanase acts as a regulator of the syndecan-syntenin-exosome biogenesis pathway. The upregulation of syntenin and heparanase in cancers may support the suspected roles of exosomes in tumor biology.

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