Human hepatocellular carcinoma: Cross-reactive and idiotypic antigens associated with malignant transformation of epithelial cells

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  • Karl H. Wiedmann Dr.,

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    1. Department of Medicine, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London NW3 2QG, England; Medizinische Universitäts-Klinik, Otfried-Müller-Strasse 10, 7400 Tübingen 1, Federal Republic of Germany
    2. Tissue Interaction Laboratory, Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London WC2A 3PX, England
    3. Department of Medicine, St James's University Hospital Leeds LS9 7TF, England
    • Medizinische Universitäts-Klinik I, Otfried-Müller-Strasse 10, 7400 Tübingen 1, Federal Republic of Germany
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  • Ludwik K. Trejdosiewicz,

    1. Department of Medicine, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London NW3 2QG, England; Medizinische Universitäts-Klinik, Otfried-Müller-Strasse 10, 7400 Tübingen 1, Federal Republic of Germany
    2. Tissue Interaction Laboratory, Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London WC2A 3PX, England
    3. Department of Medicine, St James's University Hospital Leeds LS9 7TF, England
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  • Jennifer Southgate,

    1. Department of Medicine, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London NW3 2QG, England; Medizinische Universitäts-Klinik, Otfried-Müller-Strasse 10, 7400 Tübingen 1, Federal Republic of Germany
    2. Tissue Interaction Laboratory, Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London WC2A 3PX, England
    3. Department of Medicine, St James's University Hospital Leeds LS9 7TF, England
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  • Howard C. Thomas

    1. Department of Medicine, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London NW3 2QG, England; Medizinische Universitäts-Klinik, Otfried-Müller-Strasse 10, 7400 Tübingen 1, Federal Republic of Germany
    2. Tissue Interaction Laboratory, Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London WC2A 3PX, England
    3. Department of Medicine, St James's University Hospital Leeds LS9 7TF, England
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Abstract

Monoclonal antibodies were isolated following immunization with the HBsAg and α-fetoprotein-secreting human hepatoma PLC/PRF/5 (“Alexander”) cell line. Three antibodies (K-PLC1, K-PLC2 and K-PLC3) showed evidence of carcinoma-associated reactivity by indirect immunofluorescence. Antibodies K-PLC2 and K-PLC3 reacted only with PLC/PRF/5 cells, but not with any other normal or malignant cell type tested, including the Hep/G2 hepatoma cell line. The reactivity of these antibodies was not removed by absorption with homogenates of either normal liver or a primary hepatocellular carcinoma. These results suggest that K-PLC2 and K-PLC3 identify PLC/PRF/5 idiospecific determinants. Following surface iodination of PLC/PRF/5 cells, immunoprecipitation and analysis on polyacrylamide gels, these specific determinants were found to be of 200,000 and 76,000 daltons, respectively. On the other hand, antibody K-PLC1, although unreactive by immunofluorescence on the majority of normal cell types, including those of lymphoid organs and bone marrow liver cells and most epithelia, was weakly positive on some normal ductal secretory epithelia and was positive on vascular endothelium. However, K-PLC1 reacted strongly with all carcinoma specimens tested, and with most carcinoma-derived cell lines, indicating a large increase in K-PLC1 antigen expression by epithelial cells after malignant transformation. Absorption of K-PLC1 with normal liver homogenate had no affect, but absorption with a hepatocarcinoma homogenate abolished its activity. The K-PLC1 antigen could not be immunoblotted or immunoprecipitated and resolved on polyacrylamide gels; yet it showed the properties of a phospholipid, namely resistance to proteases, extractability with organic solvents and sensitivity to phospholipase C.

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