Clinical profile of a new monoclonal antibody-based immunoassay for tissue polypeptide antigen

M. Correale, H. Arnberg, P. Blockx, E. Bombardier, M. Castelli, G. Encabo, M. Gion, R. Klapdor, M. Martin, S. Nilsson, H. Reutgen, G. Ruggeri, F. Safi, M. Stegmuller, A. Vering

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Our preliminary evaluation of a new monoclonal antibody-based assay for tissue polypeptide antigen (TPA) has shown it to be clinically equivalent to the polyclonal antibody-based assay for TPA. The new assay (TPA-M) employs three monoclonal antibodies to epitopes on cytokeratins 8, 18 and 19. This multicenter, multinational study included 266 patients with newly diagnosed carcinomas of the lung, breast, large bowel and urinary bladder. TPA values from the two assays were compared with three other cytokeratin markers (TPS, CYFRA 21-1 and TPA(Cyk)) and with the established reference markers for these malignancies (CEA and NSE for lung, CA 15-3 for breast, CEA and CA 19-9 for colorectal tumors). Analysis of receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves in lung, colorectal and bladder cancer showed similar sensitivities for the two assays, ranging from 50% to 80% with a specificity of 95%. In breast cancer all the markers studied showed poor sensitivity. However, TPA determination by either method could discriminate advanced stage (stages III and IV) from early stage disease (stages 0 to II). TPA showed similar discriminating ability in bladder cancer. On the basis of the results obtained in our patient series, it seems that of the cytokeratin markers studied, TPA and TPA-M are the most sensitive and offer a wide range of clinical applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-238
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Biological Markers
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1994


  • clinical studies
  • monoclonal antibodies
  • TPA
  • tumor markers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology


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