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Protein Packaging into Exosomes

XPack Exosome Protein Engineering
Exosomes are secreted nanoshuttles that facilitate communication between cells and organs and are found in various biofluids including blood, urine, amniotic fluid, breast milk, malignant ascites fluid, and cerebrospinal fluid. Their natural function as cell to cell communication vehicles makes them attractive for use as therapeutic shuttles to deliver biological molecules or drugs to target disease cells.

The XPack technology allows for cell-mediated generation of ready to use exosomes packed with any protein of choice. These exosomes can then be used to efficiently deliver proteins to target cells to alter or supplement biological pathways or be used to study exosome trafficking in vivo.

SBI has optimized a specific peptide sequence that targets a protein to the interior exosomal membrane, allowing the fusion protein to be packaged into exosomes for secretion. This "XPack" peptide sequence has been incorporated into the XPack cloning and expression lentivectors, allowing for reporter proteins or any protein of interest to be loaded into exosomes within a producer cell line.

XPack Lentivector Features:

• CMV or MSCV promoter options
• Built-in XPack N-terminal tag
• Multiple cloning site for fusions
• EF1-Puromycin selection cassette
• High titer lentivirus backbone


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These engineered exosomes can then be isolated and delivered to target recipient cells. Additionally, stable XPack cell lines have been generated that serve as a constant source of exosomes loaded with reporter protein cargo, enabling tracking of exosome dynamics in both human cells and in vivo murine models. Purified, ready to use exosomes from these stable cell lines are also available as part of the comprehensive XPack system.


XPack-GFP Exosome Packing
The XPack-GFP fusion protein is efficiently packaged as exosome cargo and delivered to target cells. HEK-293 cells were transfected with a plasmid encoding an N-terminal XPack-GFP fusion protein (catalog # XPAK530PA-1-SBI). 24 hours later, GFP localization patterns were visualized on a Leica DMI300B fluorescent microscope (upper right panel). GFP expression patterns within transfected cells demonstrate a localization pattern characteristic of exosomal loading, with punctate spots along the cell periphery indicating budding vesicles and a brightly fluorescent spot in the cell interior corresponding to the multivesicular body (MVB) where exosomes are assembled and matured before secretion.

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After 48 hours, exosomes were isolated using ExoQuick-TC® and analyzed by Western blot for GFP loading (lower right panel). Equal amounts of exosomal lysates (15 ug) were separated on gradient SDS PAGE gels and detected for GFP protein expression. The control for exosome loading was an anti-CETP antibody. As shown in the image, XPack-GFP exosomes had a very high abundance of GFP protein loaded as cargo.

XPack-GFP Exosome Delivery to Target Recipient Cells
The XPack-GFP exosomes isolated from transfected cells described above were then added to recipient HEK-293 cells to test for GFP delivery. The cells were first imaged by fluorescent microscopy to assay uptake of XPack-GFP proteins (lower left panels). The patterns were consistent with endocytosis of the exosomes and delivery of the XPack-GFP protein cargo. Subsequently, these recipient cells were washed twice with PBS and cellular lysates were prepared for Western blot analysis probed with anti-GFP antibodies. Anti- GAPDH was used as a cellular protein loading control. The Western blot data further verified the successful delivery of GFP proteins to recipient cells via the XPack exosome engineering technology (lower right panels).

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XPack-Luciferase Exosome Packing
The XPack-Luciferase fusion protein (~62 kD) is packaged as exosome cargo and can be delivered to target cells. HEK-293 cells were first transfected with the XPack-Luc lentivector plasmid (cat# XPAK532PA-1-SBI) encoding the XPack-Luciferase fusion protein. The secreted exosomes were collected from the media after 48 hours using ExoQuick-TC®. Luciferase levels of isolated exosomes from untransfected control cells and XPack-Luc transfected cells were quantitated using standard luminescence assays (right panel).

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XPack Delivers Luciferase to Target Cells
XPack-Luciferase exosomes (250 ug) were then added to approximately 400,000 HEK-293 recipient cells 6-well plate culture dish. Luciferase activity within these recipient cells were measured after 24 hours and data are shown below. Controls included cells not treated with exosomes (Untreated cells) or cells incubated with exosomes from untransfected HEK-293 cells (Cells + HEK exosomes). The image inset is from imaging live HEK-293 cells treated with either Control or XPack-Luc exosomes for 24 hours. Approximately 400,000 HEK-293 cells were incubated with 150ng/ml D-Luciferin substrate for 2 minutes at ambient temperature prior to signal imaging.

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Related Links

ExoQuick Serum Exosome Precipitation Solution
ExoQuick-TC for Tissue Culture Media and Urine
Exosome-depleted FBS Media Supplement


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XPack Exosome Protein Engineering CMV-XP-GFP-EF1-Puro Expression Lentivector XPAK530PA-1-SBI 10 ug 805 € DETAILS   Add to Cart 
XPack Exosome Protein Engineering CMV-XP-GFP-EF1-Puro Expression Lentivirus XPAK530VA-1-GVO-SBI >1 x 10^6 IFUs 805 € DETAILS   Add to Cart 
XPack Exosome Protein Engineering CMV-XP-GFP-EF1-Puro Stable HEK293 Producer Cell Line XPAK530CL-1-GVO-SBI 2 x 10^6 cells 1311 € DETAILS   Add to Cart 
XPack Exosome Protein Engineering CMV-XP-Luciferase-EF1-Puro Expression Lentivector XPAK532PA-1-SBI 10 ug 805 € DETAILS   Add to Cart 
XPack Exosome Protein Engineering CMV-XP-Luciferase-EF1-Puro Expression Lentivirus XPAK532VA-1-GVO-SBI >1 x 10^6 IFUs 805 € DETAILS   Add to Cart 
XPack Exosome Protein Engineering CMV-XP-Luciferase-EF1-PuroStable HEK293 Producer Cell Line XPAK532CL-1-GVO-SBI 2 x 10^6 cells 1311 € DETAILS   Add to Cart 
XPack Exosome Protein Engineering CMV-XP-MCS-EF1-Puro Cloning Lentivector XPAK510PA-1-SBI 10 ug 779 € DETAILS   Add to Cart 
XPack Exosome Protein Engineering CMV-XP-RFP-EF1-Puro Expression Lentivector XPAK531PA-1-SBI 10 ug 805 € DETAILS   Add to Cart 
XPack Exosome Protein Engineering MSCV-XP-GFP-EF1-Puro Expression Lentivector XPAK730PA-1-SBI 10 ug 805 € DETAILS   Add to Cart 
XPack Exosome Protein Engineering MSCV-XP-GFP-EF1-Puro Expression Lentivirus XPAK730VA-1-GVO-SBI >1 x 10^6 IFUs 805 € DETAILS   Add to Cart 
XPack Exosome Protein Engineering MSCV-XP-Luciferase-EF1-Puro Expression Lentivector XPAK732PA-1-SBI 10 ug 805 € DETAILS   Add to Cart 
XPack Exosome Protein Engineering MSCV-XP-Luciferase-EF1-Puro Expression Lentivirus XPAK732VA-1-GVO-SBI >1 x 10^6 IFUs 805 € DETAILS   Add to Cart 
XPack Exosome Protein Engineering MSCV-XP-MCS-EF1-Puro Cloning Lentivector XPAK710PA-1-SBI 10 ug 779 € DETAILS   Add to Cart 
XPack Exosome Protein Engineering MSCV-XP-RFP-EF1-Puro Expression Lentivector XPAK731PA-1-SBI 10 ug 805 € DETAILS   Add to Cart 
XPack-GFP loaded HEK293 exosomes XPAK100EX-G-SBI 50 ug Exosomes 699 € DETAILS   Add to Cart 

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