Exosomal Hsp60: A Tumor Biomarker?

  • Stefano Fais
  • Mariantonia Logozzi
  • Giusi Alberti
  • Claudia CampanellaEmail author
Part of the Heat Shock Proteins book series (HESP, volume 18)


Exosomes (EXs) are extracellular vesicles containing proteins, DNA, mRNA, non-coding RNAs, such as miRNAs, and lipid. The EXs can be easily isolated from different biological fluids and their content is considered a potential biomarker in various diseases, such as cancer. EXs play an important role in intercellular communication, permitting cells to exchange proteins, lipids, and genetic material in normal and pathological conditions. New data have shown that tumor cells-derived EXs contribute to cancer progression through the modulation of tumor microenvironment. Heat shock proteins 60 kDa (Hsp60) is classically considered mitochondrial proteins with different biological roles. In recent years, many studies have focused on the extracellular roles played by Hsp60 that appear to be involved in cancer development and immune system stimulation. Hsp60 is localized on the surface of EXs, secreted by cells and could be a key player in intercellular cross-talk during the course of different diseases. Therefore, exosomal Hsp60 has a great potential for clinical applications, including its use as biomarker for diagnostics, assessing prognosis, and monitoring disease progression and response to treatment, particularly in cancer.


Exosomes Heat shock proteins Hsp Hsp60 Tumor biomarker 



endosomal sorting complex


extracellular vesicles




heat shock proteins


heat shock protein 60 kDa


intraluminal vesicles


multivesicular bodies



C.C. and G.A. C.C.B. were partially supported by UniPA.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefano Fais
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mariantonia Logozzi
    • 1
  • Giusi Alberti
    • 3
  • Claudia Campanella
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Therapeutic Research and Medicines EvaluationNational Institute of HealthRomeItaly
  2. 2.Euro-Mediterranean Institute of Science and Technology (IEMEST)PalermoItaly
  3. 3.Department of Biomedicine, Neuroscience and Advanced Diagnostics (BIND), Section of Human AnatomyUniversity of PalermoPalermoItaly

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