Production of monoclonal antibodies against a new carcinoma-associated marker in view of developing a serological test

E. Tagliabue, F. Centis, A. Mastroianni, S. Martignone, S. Menard, R. Pellegrini, M. I. Colnaghi

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By immunizing a mouse with human metastatic breast tumor cells from patient effusions and infiltrated lymph nodes, a monoclonal antibody (MLuC2), which identifies a new carcinoma-associated marker, was raised. The reactivity of this reagent was studied by immunohistochemistry on live and fixed cells from tumor cell lines and on frozen sections from surgical specimens. Besides reacting with 73% of breast carcinomas, MLuC2 also reacted with 93% of non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) and with a few normal tissues. The MLuC2-recognized molecule (CaMLuC2), whose MW was 90 KDa according to immunoblotting experiments, was found to be detectable in the serum and could therefore be of particular interest for serological diagnostic applications. Since the CaMLuC2 epitope was not polyexpressed on the bearing molecule, we produced a new generation of MAbs in order to define epitopes coexpressed with CaMLuC2 on the same 90 KDa molecule, and which are therefore suitable to develop a double-determinant immunoradiometric assay (DDIRMA) for the detection of this marker in the sera of lung carcinoma patients. Different analyses by immunohistochemistry, binding inhibition tests and DDIRMA, proved that the two new reagents developed, MLuC8 and MLuC9, recognize the same or closely related epitopes, which are however different from CaMLuC2, but which are all present on the same molecule. Preliminary immunoradiometric tests performed on sera from lung cancer and control patients showed a good specificity but a low sensitivity. In fact, only 42% of the 28 tested sera samples from NSCLC patients scored positive despite the fact that more than 90% of the NSCLC expressed the relevant antigen.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-117
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Biological Markers
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1990


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Biochemistry

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Tagliabue, E., Centis, F., Mastroianni, A., Martignone, S., Menard, S., Pellegrini, R., & Colnaghi, M. I. (1990). Production of monoclonal antibodies against a new carcinoma-associated marker in view of developing a serological test. International Journal of Biological Markers, 5(3), 109-117.