Exosomes are a type of extracellular vesicle.  The term has become synonymous for all vesicles, but these are actually only one specific type. They are released from multivesicular bodies that fuse with the plasma membrane in contrast with microvesicles and other vesicle subtypes that bleb directly off of the plasma membrane. More information on function, cargo, and release mechanisms with links to relative literature to come.

Cell Releasing Exosomes from Multivesicular Bodies (MVBs)

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