Characterization of a new monoclonal antibody (PG-M3) directed against the aminoterminal portion of the PML gene product: Immunocytochemical evidence for high expression of PML proteins on activated macrophages, endothelial cells, and epithelia

Leonardo Flenghi, Marta Fagioli, Lucia Tomassoni, Stefano Pileri, Marcello Gambacorta, Roberta Pacini, Francesco Grignani, Tullia Casini, Pier Francesco Ferrucci, Massimo F. Martelli, Pier Giuseppe Pelicci, Brunangelo Falini

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PG-M3 is a new monoclonal antibody (MoAb) specifically directed against a peptide sequence located in the aminoterminal region of the human PML protein. PML gene fuses with the retinoic acid receptor α (RARα) gene during the t(15;17) chromosomal translocation of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). The epitope recognized by PG-M3 is species-specific and fixative-resistant and is shared by most PML isoforms and PML/RARα fusion proteins. PML is consistently located within the nucleus, although a minority of cells (about 20%), both in vitro and in vivo, show positivity for PML also in the cytoplasm. The nuclear staining pattern of PG-M3 varies from speckled (cells other than APL) to micropunctate (APLcells). Although two physiologically expressed PML isoforms are detectable by immunocytochemistry only or predominantly in the cytoplasm of transfected cells, the cytoplasmic localization of PML is a property also shared by the PML isoforms that predominantly localize to the nuclei, Immunohistologic analysis of normal human tissues with the PG-M3 MoAb showed variable PML expression, with the highest levels of the protein in postmitotic, differentiated cell types, such as endothelial cells, epithelia, and tissue macrophages, especially activated ones. In keeping with this in vivo finding, PML appears strongly upregulated in the U937 promonocyte cell line after exposure to agents that induce monocyte/macrophage activation (interferon γ) or maturation (vitamin D3 and transforming growth factor β1).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1871-1880
Number of pages10
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 1995


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  • Hematology

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