Expression of protectin (CD59) in human melanoma and its functional role in cell- and co mplement-mediated cytotoxicity

L. I. Brasoveanu, M. Altomonte, A. Gloghini, E. Fonsatti, S. Coral, A. Gasparollo, R. Montagner, I. Cattarossi, C. Simonelli, A. Cattelan, V. Attadia, A. Carbone, M. Maio

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Immunohistochemical and/or indirect immunofluorescence analysis with monoclonal antibody (MAb) H19 demonstrated the expression of protectin (CD59) in 54 surgically removed metastatic melanoma lesions and on 8 out of 12 melanoma cell lines. CD59 expression had a low degree of intra- and intertumor heterogeneity. SDS-PAGE analysis showed that the molecular weight of CD59 expressed on melanoma cells is about 20 kDa. Treatment of melanoma cells with 5 U/ml of phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C completely abolished cell-surface expression of CD59. Interferon-γ and/or tumor necrosis factor-α or phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate neither modulated the expression of CD59 by melanoma cells nor influenced the amounts of CD59-specific mRNA. F(ab'), fragments of anti-CD59 MAb YTH53.1 did not inhibit the lysis of melanoma cells by allogeneic natural killer (NK) cells or lymphokine-activated killer (LAK) cells. In contrast, the whole Ig molecule of MAb H19 or YTH3.1 significantly (p <0.05) enhanced NK-cell-mediated lysis of melanoma cells, suggesting the induction of antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity. Lastly, masking of CD59 by MAb YTH53.1 or its F(ab'), fragments significantly(p <0.05) enhanced, in a dose-dependent fashion, the lysis of anti-GD3-sensitized melanoma cells by homologous complement. These data demonstrate that CD59 expressed by human melanoma cells might regulate host-tumor interaction by protecting neoplastic cells from complement-mediated lysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)548-556
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Cancer
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology


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