Blueberry Fruit Nanovesicles


Dr. Benjamin D. Zeitlin: 0000-0003-0110-0188

Document Type

Conference Presentation

Conference Title

International Society for Extracellular Vesicles


Toronto, Canada

Conference Dates

May 18-21, 2017

Date of Presentation



Nanovesicles have been identified in preparations of edible plants and certain fruit although the exact cellular origin of these vesicles remains unclear. Cross-kingdom biological effects have been demonstrated for nanovesicles isolated from certain fruit - notably lemons and grapes - that are absent from normal, dietary intake of the whole fruit, this suggests a therapeutic potential for isolated fruit vesicles. Anthocyanins and other polyphenolic anti-oxidant compounds are known to accumulate in plant vesicles as are specific proteins, lipids and microRNAs species. Here we investigate the presence of nanovesicles in antioxidant-rich blueberry fruit.