Paper-Based for Isolation of Extracellular Vesicles

  • Yi-Hsing Hsiao
  • Chihchen ChenEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1660)


Paper-based devices chemically functionalized with capturing molecules enable the isolation and characterization of extracellular vesicles (EVs) from samples of limited amount. Here, we describe the isolation of EV subpopulations from human serum samples. The morphology, content, and amount of captured EVs can be assessed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transcriptome analysis, and paper-based enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (pELISA), respectively. A colorimetric readout can be detected from 10 μL serum within 10 min.

Key words

Extracellular vesicles Exosomes Cellulose paper Microfluidics Paper ELISA Chemical conjugation 



This work was supported in part by the Taiwan National Science Council grants—NSC 99-2320-B-007-005-MY2 (CC) and NSC 101-2628-E-007-011-MY3 (CMC), and the Veterans General Hospitals and University System of Taiwan Joint Research Program (CC).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Nanoengineering and MicrosystemsNational Tsing Hua UniversityHsinchuTaiwan
  2. 2.Institute of Biomedical Engineering and NanomedicineNational Health Research InstitutesMiaoliTaiwan
  3. 3.Department of Power Mechanical EngineeringNational Tsing Hua UniversityHsinchuTaiwan

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