Platelet RNA in Cancer Diagnostics

Lee-Ann Tjon-Kon-Fat, Nik Sol, Thomas Wurdinger, R. Jonas A. Nilsson

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

15 Citations (Scopus)


Platelets are involved in several steps of cancer metastasis. During this process, platelets are exposed to the tumor and its environment, thereby exchanging biomolecules with the tumor cells and resulting in tumor-mediated education of the platelets and a change in their RNA profile. Analysis of platelet RNA profiles or direct measurement of tumor-derived biomarkers within platelets can provide information on ongoing cancer-related processes in the individual (e.g., whether the patient has cancer, the tumor type, and possibly identify oncogenic alterations driving the disease for treatment selection). The close interaction with the disease process and the ability to respond to systemic alterations make platelets an interesting biosource for implementation in precision medicine.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-141
JournalSeminars in thrombosis and hemostasis
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Cite this