Multiplexed Phenotyping of Small Extracellular Vesicles Using Protein Microarray (EV Array)

  • Rikke Bæk
  • Malene Møller JørgensenEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1545)


The Extracellular Vesicle (EV) Array is based on the technology of protein microarray and provides the opportunity to detect and phenotype small EVs from unpurified starting material in a high-throughput manner (Jørgensen et al., J Extracell vesicles 2:1–9, 2013). The technology was established to perform multiplexed phenotyping of EVs in an open platform. This protocol outlines the microarray printing procedure followed by the steps of capture and detection of small extracellular vesicles from plasma/serum or cell culture supernatants. The principles of data treatment and analysis are thoroughly described as well.

Key words

Protein microarray Extracellular vesicles Exosomes Capture antibodies Surface antigens Multiplexed phenotyping 



Dextran coupled with Alexa Fluor 488


small Extracellular vesicle


Immunoglobin gamma




Phosphate-buffered saline


Room temperature



The authors would like to thank M.D. Kim Varming and Dr. Evo K.L. Søndergaard for helping establish this protocol.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Clinical ImmunologyAalborg University HospitalAalborgDenmark

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