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Keywords:

  • Monoclonal antibody BC-1;
  • trophoblast

ABSTRACT: This paper describes a new Mab BC-1 which is directed at a cell surface antigen expressed by extravillous cytotrophoblast and not by villous cytotrophoblast, so it is useful for distinguishing between the two populations. The antigen recognised by BC-1 is trypsin-resistant, which allows it to be used for flow cytometric analysis of living trophoblast isolated by enzymic disaggregation. However, BC-1 is not trophoblast-specific but cross-reacts with some other tissues, in particular endothelial cells and peripheral blood monocytes. The nature of this antigen has not been established.