Exosomal MicroRNAs as Potential Biomarkers in Neuropsychiatric Disorders

  • Gabriel R. Fries
  • Joao Quevedo
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1733)


This chapter will discuss the potential use of microRNAs, particularly those located in peripherally-isolated exosomes, as biomarkers in neuropsychiatric disorders. These extracellular vesicles are released as a form of cell-to-cell communication and may mediate the soma-to-germline transmission of brain-relevant information, thereby potentially contributing to the inter- or transgenerational transmission of behavioral traits. Recent novel methods allow for the enrichment of peripheral exosomes specifically released by neurons and astrocytes and may provide valuable brain-relevant biosignatures of disease.

Key words

Biomarkers Exosomes MicroRNA Neuropsychiatry Periphery Epigenetics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Translational Psychiatry Program, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, McGovern Medical SchoolUniversity of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)HoustonUSA
  2. 2.Center of Excellence on Mood Disorders, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, McGovern Medical SchoolThe University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)HoustonUSA
  3. 3.Neuroscience Graduate ProgramThe University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at HoustonHoustonUSA
  4. 4.Laboratory of Neurosciences, Graduate Program in Health Sciences, Health Sciences UnitUniversity of Southern Santa Catarina (UNESC)CriciúmaBrazil

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