Abstract P-25: Cryo-Electron Microscopy of Extracellular Vesicles from Cerebrospinal Fluid

Tatiana A. Shtam, Anton K. Emelyanov, Roman A. Kamyshinsky, Luiza A. Garaeva, Nikolay A. Verlov, Anastasia Kudrevatykh, Gaspar Gavrilov, Sofia N. Pchelina

International Journal of Biomedicine.2019;9  Suppl_1:S27-S28.
Originally published June 29, 2019  


Background: Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are membrane-enclosed vesicles which play important role for cell communication. EVs are found in many human biological fluids; contain proteins, nucleic acids and lipids. These vesicles deliver biological information to recipient cells thereby modulating their behaviors. In this way, EVs are involved in the pathological development of many human disorders, including neurodegenerative diseases. Definition of the EV size and morphology is important for studying of their participation in the intercellular signaling pathways in pathology and normal state. Especially for understanding the role of EVs in the pathogenesis of brain, detailed characterization of the vesicles from cerebrospinal fluid seems to be the most relevant.
Methods: In this study, EVs purified from cerebrospinal fluid or plasma of patients with Parkinson’s disease were characterized using cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), nanoparticle tracking analysis (NTA) and flow cytometry.
Results: The size of the observed vesicles and the presence of protein exosomal marker on the membrane confirmed by NTA and flow cytometry, suggest that most of the vesicles were represented as exosomes. According to the NTA analysis the concentration EVs in the cerebrospinal fluid ((6.1±4.9) ×109 particles/ml) is two orders of magnitude lower than that in blood plasma ((19.8±14.9)×109 particles/ml). Vesicles isolated from cerebrospinal fluid were examined in detail using cryo-EM. EVs of various sizes and morphology with lipid bilayer and vesicle internal structures were observed. More than 80 percent of the particles were classified as vesicles due to the clear presence of lipid bilayer membrane. The majority of vesicles was intact and had a round shape. Single (74.9±27.24 nm), double (179.49±105.29 nm) and multilayer vesicles (206.18±78.3) were visualized. We found that multilayer vesicles were larger than the single vesicle (P<0.0001). Vesicles were assigned into multilayer category when two or more vesicles were contained inside a larger one. Various combinations, having from two to six vesicles inside the one were also found.
Conclusion: Here, we described the characteristics of the vesicles from cerebrospinal fluid and found their variety suggesting that subpopulations of EVs with different and specific functions may exist.

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cryo-electron microscopy • cerebrospinal fluid • extracellular vesicles • Parkinson’s disease