Isolation and Characterization of Extracellular Vesicles Derived from Trypanosoma cruzi

  • Izadora Volpato Rossi
  • Bruno Gavinho
  • Marcel Ivan Ramirez
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1955)


Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are heterogeneous membrane-surrounded structures that participate in cellular communications, which comprise exosomes and microvesicles. These vesicles have different biogenesis, and their physiological and pathological roles in chronic and infectious diseases are under constant investigation. In Chagas disease, Trypanosoma cruzi EVs have been described using different approaches. The isolation of T. cruzi-derived EVs has been done mainly using the differential centrifugation technique, and different strategies have been employed for characterization of them. Here, we describe the method to isolate EVs by differential centrifugation and a detection protocol for EVs in T. cruzi-host cell interaction to allow further investigations about this parasite.

Key words

Extracellular vesicles Exosomes Microvesicles Trypanosoma cruzi Chagas disease Cellular communication Ultracentrifugation Host–pathogen interaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Izadora Volpato Rossi
    • 1
    • 3
  • Bruno Gavinho
    • 1
    • 3
  • Marcel Ivan Ramirez
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de BioquímicaUniversidade Federal do ParanáCuritibaBrazil
  2. 2.Fundação Instituto Oswaldo CruzRio de JaneiroBrazil
  3. 3.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Microbiologia, Patologia e Parasitologia da Universidade Federal do ParanáCuritibaBrazil

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